Major storms tend to disrupt land lines when telephone poles go down and wireless communications go awry if the cell towers are disrupted. Also, if an extreme weather events, heat wave, floods, or hurricanes knock out power for several days, even those with cell phones many not be able to charge them up. Mobile back-up power units has been suggested.
Or, TV and radio Stations might not be able to broadcast (think Hurricane Katrina) and a system of Ham radio stations could help our telecommunications resiliency in prolonged severe weather or when one major storm follows another—as predicted by Climate Change in our area.
So, this is a good idea as long as the issues related to increased extreme weather are factored in.
Gillibrand: Funds needed to handle major disasters - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Finger Lakes, N.Y. — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand released a letter today urging Senate and House negotiators trying to agree on details of extending the payroll tax cut, to include funds that she said would help first responders in dealing with major disasters. (February 14, 2012) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow