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Communication Network

Introducing a proposed project to establish a community-based communication network. In the event of natural disasters, reaching the general population and targeted populations with life-saving information is essential. Life-saving information and instructions on where to obtain services during a disaster must be accessible to all.  Newer media outlets must be sources for this information as well as legacy media during natural disasters. Our project expands news coverage and public service and safety advisories to new media outlets in real time.

When a disaster strikes such as a major earthquake or storms as is common in California, older properties where its residents live and older buildings and structures that house our community-based
organizations may uninhabitable or inaccessible.  And for buildings that are not so affected, It is also likely that power will be out for a given time. Important information regarding disaster relief and services are typically broadcast via television and radio.  For many people, the television and radio may be inaccessible due to a compromised building or power outage. Our project seeks to relay these important messages through social media connections for which people can receive on their
smartphones.

During the pandemic, our organization established communication networks for audio video broadcasts (streaming) connecting a vast network of churches and community organizations. This was a survival mechanism to keep church and community leaders in touch with their members during the
covid lockdown. We’re on the precipice of potentially establishing fully interconnected linkages to feed these outlets with information in the event of emergencies. Delivering live saving information to thousands of people through  established gathering places they know and trust.

This is particularly vital to the younger generation who find social media to be their primary connection for news and entertainment and seldom consider legacy radio and TV as their main sources.  Studies have confirmed that off air TV and cable/satellite are seldom viewed regularly by ages 26 and below. And off-air radio is largely foreign to this age group.  In fact they are more connected and viewing more but through their portable devices and less via a traditional television set or AM/FM radio.  It’s a huge population that’s simply tuning to a different frequency.

Our project has a goal of relaying traditional disaster preparedness instructions and life saving information through established networks of people and communities of faith in California. Connecting a wider audience.

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