The Interwebby Will Save You

The word according to Barack Obama. The only place to go for emergency notifications and instructions is the interwebby or to television or radio.

Which is a bit problematic when the power is out.

When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out.

Despite the heightened expectation of widespread power and cable television failures, everyone from the president to local newscasters seem to expect the public to rely entirely on the Internet and their TVs for vital news and instructions.

What happens when the power isn’t there? Which it isn’t for a lot of people right now. This is what the ‘best and brightest’ think is a strategy?

In my field, we have plan in place for when things go bad. We plan contingencies for the inevitable failures. Too bad the ‘elites’ seem to think in one dimension.

Update: Yeah, like I said: Flooding, power outages from Hurricane Sandy lead to Internet, phone service disruptions. How’s that working?

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