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Communication Factors During Crises, Disasters and Emergency Situations

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New communication technologies would seem likely to be adopted at an accelerated rate by disaster recovery, crisis management, and business continuity professionals. Indeed, many technologies that were once thought of as science fiction are now commonly deployed and utilized (e.g. high mobility powerful computing capabilities, GPS, Wi-Fi, satellite and aerial reconnaissance functionalities, networking, hot site/mirror site data processing capabilities, etc.) as part of the sophisticated tool set that aids planning, management, and recovery operations. In a field which typically adopts new tools that are proven useful and provide a demonstrable return on cost investment (ROI), video communication technology adoption and deployment tended to lag.