Does your community have a plan for knowledge worker refuges!!!

America has now entered the age of the knowledge worker. These are people who can telecommute or work from home for at least a limited amount of the work they do. However, to do this they need the right equipment which is usually some type of laptop or iPad, a working Internet connection, and stable power supply for batteries only last a few hours. Watching Hurricane Sandy I am seeing different ways that communities are addressing this issue.

Where To Find Internet, Phone Service In New York City After Hurricane Sandy
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/internet-service-new-york-hurricane-sandy_n_2057934.html

Libraries Respond to Hurricane Sandy, Offering Refuge, WiFi, and Services to Needy Communities
http://www.slj.com/2012/11/featured/libraries-respond-to-hurricane-sandy-offering-refuge-wifi-and-services-to-needy-communities/

Comcast offering free Wi-Fi Xfinity hotspots to Hurricane-stricken East Coasters

http://bgr.com/2012/10/31/comcast-hurricane-sandy-free-wi-fi-hotspots/

So did communities plan for such a need? From what I have seen some planned, some responded, and some did not have a clue. If you are a community, business, or government leader you may wish to see if your community has any plans for offering knowledge worker refuges. Such planning could be a great selling point when trying to attract businesses to your community.

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