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.
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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.