Monday, March 14, 2011
In a disaster of the magnitude that Japan has suffered, every communication system is stressed to the breaking point. It should surprise no one that some have failed when towns have disappeared and tens of thousands are waiting for rescue and relief. The government has a brief time in which to get systems operating again. Survivors are in shock but soon that will pass, and they will face the necessity of daily survival and rebuilding their lives. Impatience, anger and expectations will soar. Japan's national and local governments, businesses and other agencies all will feel the force of citizens who want to find a normal after one of the largest disasters in the country's history. It will be difficult, and communications will be at the heart of getting through it -- that and action to clean up the destruction and rebuild. Japan is known for its emergency preparations, but one wonders if it was prepared for an earthquake and tsunami this large.