All information is web only or FEMA doesn’t know that TV and Internet don’t work during outages!

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


• 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.

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!

5 Responses to All information is web only or FEMA doesn’t know that TV and Internet don’t work during outages!

  1. Maybe they figured most people had iPhones. They are taxpayer subsidized after all. (Obama phones)

  2. riverrider says:

    absolutely correct. they say 25% of the cell towers are down and the rest will fail when the fuel runs out at the tower. besides, we don’t have texting, nor does anybody in my hood. most older folks i know don’t trust social media even if they had access. heck some don’t even have a cell. i’m wondering what happens tomorrow. will the ebt cards work? where?

    • Jamie says:

      river, I have to say the EBT thing has me concerned. JP morgan runs most of the EBT and wwe know with power down no ATM terminal will prosess any card (Debit/Credit) maybe even checks.
      I think it was Wild Cookery that was more concerned what happen after the storm than the storm itself.

      My backup Credit Union is still up and working we will see if my VA check showns up on the 1st. I think the PTB’s will do anything they can to get those checks and EBT filled. The question is will it be humanly possible to fill them?

      • riverrider says:

        j, yeah and the feds were closed a couple days as well. claim to be behind on the jobless numbers, but i bet the ebt gets out. reports of fights due to folks jumping in line for gas, lines around the block, some looting but not large scale. surpisingly civil so far, but then police are still operational.

  3. Jamie says:

    Well My Debit card worked and the check was cashed. So everything is good here at Casa de Idaho! EBT went good here in Idaho so I guess the flyover states are okay for SS VA and food stamps.
    It looks like Wild cookery was correct as the looting and the CRAZY is going to kick in over the weekend in NY and New Jersey.

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