I don’t think anyone in the fire service is unfamiliar with the term back-up. For example, we routinely strech another line and assign a RIT team just in case. And, we typically do a pretty decent job of providing back-up generators and transmitters for our dispatch centers. However, how comfortable are you with the redundancy of critical infrastructure that is out of your control? Recently, a decent size chunk of California was without telephones due to an intentional act. Needless to say, this impacted a number of things upon which we have come to rely like alarms, radio circuits, and 9-1-1. Whle this doesn’t happen frequently, it happens often enough that fire service executives ought to give thought to the "what if?" Given these conditions, how would your citizens report fires and medical emergencies? Are any of your communications systems (radio, alarm, Mobile Data Terminals and Computer Aided Dispatch)dependent upon telephone circuits? What do you do if you lose them all? There’s no single solution for every department, but now is as good a time as any to ask, "what’s your back-up plan?"