After two Census Bureau employees went missing earlier today, one wonders: Why aren’t GPS systems installed in the handheld computers that all Census Bureau enumerators must carry? Why was there such a lack of communication between supervisors and their employees that the precise location of the employees could not be determined until many hours after they went missing and search efforts were underway from state police, firefighters, and troops?
The Chicago Tribune reported the following when the two employees were found:
STEPHENSON, Mich. – State police say two workers with the U.S. Census Bureau who were stranded on an isolated road in Menominee County have been found after an eight-hour search.
A news release from the Stephenson post said the women’s car got stuck Wednesday night on the seasonal road.
They called for help on a cell phone. But a poor connection prevented dispatchers from pinpointing the women’s location.
Troopers, volunteer firefighters and other law enforcement agencies helped with the search.