This past week I had the opportunity to attend a webinar on emergency communications. They stressed the importance of having redundant communication systems. In emergency preparedness planning, it is very easy to overlook the communication aspect.
We know that we are supposed to:
- Have a contact outside of the area for family members to call and “report in” to in case we aren’t able to reach our loved ones directly.
- Have an extra battery for our cell phone.
- Pre-determine a place to meet if communications go down and we are all in the same area.
But what does this mean for your business? Your church? What if you are across town from your family in an emergency?
Redundancy simply means overlap. What communications overlap do you have in place? Some aspects of technology have made this concept easy to understand. For instance, you can use your computer for Facebook, Email, Twitter and any other number of social media applications. Likewise, redundancy is created by the fact that you can also use these programs through your smart phone. The phone doesn’t replace the communication over internet on your computer, it just adds another way to use it.
This is the same concept that should be applied to developing readiness. For some more ideas and thoughts on areas that we should develop redundancy for Biblical Readiness, download our free ReadyChristian training.
I’d also love to hear any thoughts you have on how you have created redundant communications in case of an emergency.