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Christchurch New Zealand

You have products like a cell on wheels. A container containing a phone switch and a mobile cell, easily installable. You place it at the center of the disaster zone and all mobile phones start to work...

if you are worried about congestion, then only the "right" sims are registered/enabled.

----- Original Message -----
From: "mikea" <mikea at mikea.ath.cx>
To: nanog at nanog.org
Sent: Thursday, 24 February, 2011 9:39:09 AM
Subject: Re: Christchurch New Zealand

On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 10:08:39AM -0800, JC Dill wrote:
>  On 22/02/11 10:38 PM, Joe Hamelin wrote:
> >The other CERT:  Community Emergency Response Team.
> >https://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/about.shtm
> +1 for CERT.  I also think that taking a CERT class is a great way to 
> re-evaluate your own network emergency procedures.  You may find new 
> ways to prepare for network disasters, and to triage damage when a 
> network disaster occurs.

Agreed on CERT. 

I diffidently suggest that amateur radio licensing, together with some
battery-operated gear (think 2-meter or 70-cm handy-talkies at a minimum
for short-haul comms, HF gear for longer-haul) may be Very Good Indeed
in a disaster that takes down POTS service or government emergency
communications. Folks interested in this might want to investigate ARES
and/or RACES in the US, or similar activities in other countries.