During the last few disasters there have not been any Federal or State outreach via AM/FM radio bands and everyone is directed towards TV or the internet. I know for a fact that the Government recommends having a wind up or battery radio supposedly for information and updates in your preps. But what’s the damn point if they PTBs never use radio stations for information or updates? Using your TV, cell phone or PC will not work without power, cable, internet connection or if all cell towers are down. Like what is happening in Manhattan right now!
During the Wind storm riverrider complained if he had not had a little power via solar and his laptop he would not have got any info at all. I gave the PTBs a break because the storm happened so quickly. Now it’s just out and out stupidity and laziness by FEMA and DHS.
Hell during Snowpocalypse, DHS had no updates for over 7days even though the website was active.
Telephone landlines and battery-powered radios have always been important sources of information during natural and man-made disasters.
The biggest failure here is that the most vulnerable storm victims, the elderly, are all asking themselves, “What’s a social media?”
This is disaster preparedness at the most basic 101 leve,l and the White House has failed miserably.
“That’s a problem,” said Matt Thome, spokesman for the Safe America Foundation, a non-profit disaster preparedness advocacy organization based in Marietta, Ga. “As we get further away from a time when people aren’t relying on smartphones to do everything for them, people are going to lose focus that not everyone’s going to connect to the Internet. What happens when it goes down? That basic level of preparedness has been lost.”
Maybe if the White House had been paying more attention to the basics instead of the optics, who knows how many people currently sitting in a dark house and watching their mobile phone battery die would know what to do.
For the next storm try this to connect to twitter via phone
CONNECT YOUR VIA PHONE TO TWITTER:
• Text the word “START” to 40404.
• Twitter will send you text, reply to 40404 with the word “YES”.
• Now text your username to 40404.
Do not use the @ symbol. For example, @WashingtonPost would be WashingtonPost.
• Finally, send your pasword to 40404. It is case sensitive.
Now do yourself a favor and save 40404 as a contact on your phone.
Text tweets by sending them to 40404. From Twitter:
• @[username] + message – shows your tweet as a reply directed at another person, and causes your tweet to save in their mentions tab.
• D [username] + message – sends that person a Direct Message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive. You can also use M [username] + message to send a private message!
• RETWEET [username] – sends that user’s latest tweet to your followers (also known as a Retweet).
• FOLLOW [username] – allows you to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications.
TURN OFF MOBILE NOTIFICATION, SAVE BATTERY LIFE
The flood of tweets you receive after connecting your phone to your Twitter account might be too much for your sanity and your phone’s battery. To turn off Twitter notification via SMS, text the word “OFF” to 40404. If you want to pick and choose what kind of notifications you receive, here’s a list of commands from Twitter.
You have to be able to take care of yourself, friends and neighbors because FEMA and DHS level of incompetence is staggering. After all this practice they can’t get something as basic as updates via Radio done correctly, I wouldn’t trust them with one of my dogs, and certainly not my own life!