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What to Expect from Communications Systems During Local & National Emergencies

Federal Communications Commission

During emergencies, the importance of our country’s communications systems becomes clear. These communications systems include the wireline and wireless telephone networks, broadcast and cable television, radio, Public Safety Land Mobile Radio, satellite systems and increasingly the Internet. For example, in an emergency, we may dial 911, call our family members to make sure they are safe, and turn on our televisions and radios to get breaking news and important updates. Although our communications systems are among the world’s most extensive and dependable, unusual conditions can put a strain on them.

The following information will help you better understand what happens to our communications systems during an emergency and how best to use our communications systems during a crisis or disaster.