There is an increasing recognition that technical network resilience in urban settings must be closely aligned with an understanding of how communities respond to disaster and emergencies. Companies scoring high on their Integral Resilient Quotient attend closely to technology and cyber challenges to network resilience.
There is an increasing recognition that technical network resilience in urban settings must be closely aligned with an understanding of how communities respond to disaster and emergencies. One study of Silicon Valley, “Connecting Communities for Regional Resilience” states: “From 9/11 to Sandy, almost every major emergency in the last 20 years has led to some level of telecommunications failure. These experiences have spotlighted flaws and inherent weaknesses in our communications infrastructure—from aging wires to underground flood-vulnerable switching stations to cellular towers lacking power backups. In each case, the failure of brittle, overloaded telecommunications systems has threatened or undermined relief and recovery efforts. To counter these obstacles, this paper calls for a multi-layered approach to community-led communications readiness and resilience incorporating a diversity of media and platforms. With a view to the complexity of physical and social communications systems, we propose a set of technical recommendations for regional resilience that leverage and combine multiple communication technologies and modes. Our approach to resilient communications planning applies both a social and a technical lens to how information is shared and managed in an emergency or disaster situation.”