In Nov/Dec our MidNth Coast community in the hills was isolated when fires took out the power lines, and a few hours after that, the phone exchange and mobile phone tower batteries fail. Reduced to driving around (wasting precious fuel) and limited uhf cb (hills - yes, a repeater will help). It went on for weeks. Still is for many.
I’m keen to find, or help create a system of local WiFi spots, solar powered and connected by LoRaMesh, to keep the community connected to one or more LAMP servers (probably maintaining selected updates by 3/4G or satellite from the ‘outside world’ - Bom, RFS, hotspots, etc.)
There are quite a few hopeful-looking projects out there, but alas, they are either dead-ends, proprietary, or inadequately documented.
The Pycom implementation of Openthread.io over LaRa looks to me the most fruitful lead to follow at present.
I’d welcome contact from other makers who see such a system as a priority project and are keen to help design it.
Newcastle & Elands