The first result from my online search for "windsor ontario disaster plan" was for the Archives and Library where I am employed. This did not reassure.
But with some digging, I found a link to the City of Windsor Emergency Response Plan Bylaw (#98-2005 as amended, December 7, 2009) [pdf
]. As I scanned through it, I kept seeing the word, radio which gave me pause.
The bylaw specifies who is in the Community Control Group - the group that takes charge in case of an emergency. The 12th individual of this group is the "Corporate Radio and Telecommunications Coordinator or Alternate". On the Support and Advisory Staff team is the "Amateur Radio Emergency Radio
(ARES) Telecommunications Coordinator". Curious about the ARES network, I found out who our local Section Emergency Coordinator
Its odd that in our cellular age, that our emergency response system is being supported by HAM radio.
But until our cell phone network becomes robust enough to handle emergency situations, I'm grateful for the volunteers of the ARES network who are on standby in case disaster drives us to our radios for information.