Thursday, April 02, 2020


Share your stories and ideas with the network as you respond to crisis and disaster.

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.

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Here in Indy, we're not only using various social-media communication streams -- @ReadyIndy on Twitter, in particular, with Facebook as redundancy, and our website -- but we're also now working on developing a communications 'tree' using whatever methods work best for particular people, notably Communications directors of area churches. And we'll be testing the various systems on Sept 1st.
by Neil Cox, IndyChristian on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 - 16:16