The blueforcedev and MUSE (mobile utilitye service equipment) a.k.a. “Power station in a box” are great but only for local disasters. Mayby up to Katrina. For a multi state larger disasters there just may not be enough equipment. If IKE had been worse then there would be two hurricane disasters to fight.
People also have portable phone stations, restrooms and showers. Each is a 20′ long trailer that you “plug and play”
One of the first things the National Guard and others will say is “co ordinate your plans with us. Each group has a different list of equipment. We sometimes get deployed with it. We are the DoD not Wal*Mart.”
Twitter was called on during yesterdays fiber optic outage. “AT&T calls on Twitter during outage”