An idea to help with 10,000 radios
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(00:23:08) firstname.lastname@example.org: I had an idea about the radio dilemma.
(00:23:41) ioerrortype23: Oh?
(00:23:42) email@example.com logged in.
(00:24:00) firstname.lastname@example.org: I understand their reasoning, but don’t agree with it. The information you can provide is important.
Here’re the arguments in favor of a lesser requirement of ~400 self-/solar-/battery-powered portable radios with speakers:
(00:24:10) email@example.com: Coleman have already cranked up their generator production line to 22 hours/day, and FEMA, etc. have contract vehicles in place to purchase from them. This is important, because it means a minimum of paperwork for whichever agency will pay for the radios (Federal agencies can transfer funds to one another via a process called MIPR, pronounced ‘mipper’).
(00:24:22) firstname.lastname@example.org: 1. This is about giving the authorities a way to reach the masses of people in a more effective way than using the PA
system in the astrodome. The problem with the PA system is that if it’s used constantly, people start ignoring it.
Listening to the radio is a self-selecting proposition, and saves the PA for really important stuff.
(00:24:31) email@example.com: 2. Setting up ‘listening circles’ is something which can be used to help organize the evacuees. Designating ‘circle coordinators’
(or whatever they want to call the individuals they put in charge of the radios) and ‘circles’ of up to 25 evacuees each
is a start at getting them organized into groups capable of self-organization and self-help (or whatever multiplier is needed;
the key is to keep around 25:1 of listeners to radios).
(00:24:42) firstname.lastname@example.org: 3. Remind them of FDR’s ‘Fireside chats’; listening to the radio used to be a community activity before the advent of television,
and it can help bring folks together, if done properly.
(00:24:52) ioerrortype23: You should email that to the list
(00:25:00) email@example.com: List addy?
(00:25:08) ioerrortype23: I’ll forward that
(00:25:12) ioerrortype23: anything else?
(00:25:36) firstname.lastname@example.org: Nah, that was it – a way to try and help them see that this can be the nucleus of organization of the evacuees into something more than a mindless mob.
(00:25:45) email@example.com: If it’s done right.
(00:26:09) ioerrortype23: yeah
(00:26:11) firstname.lastname@example.org: Good luck, dude.
(00:26:20) ioerrortype23: Thanks.
(00:28:42) ioerrortype23: Do you mind if I post this conversation?
(00:28:51) email@example.com: By all means, feel free!
(00:28:55) firstname.lastname@example.org: email@example.com
(00:29:10) ioerrortype23: ok
(00:29:17) ioerrortype23: It’s going up on jacob.wordpress.com