White House Refers Hurricane Victims To Internet

It's pretty important to keep up-to-date when the power goes 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. [...]

A call to FEMA’s news desk, however, found even they didn’t have any non-Internet information readily available beyond suggestions that people call 911 in an emergency. When asked where folks should turn for information if they have no power, a FEMA worker said, “Well, those people who have a laptop with a little battery life on it can try that way. Otherwise, you’re right.”

Yeah, I always keep a battery powered modem and ISP on hand for just such an emergency...

Posted by: DMartyr at 12:22 PM


1 Yep! The mans a flipping genius along with his administration. Thank G-d he's getting his ass kicked to the curb in 5 more days.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at October 30, 2012 12:29 PM

Don't know about those folks, but I have a medium sized generator in my garage. I can hook up lights and appliances as needed. Internet? Sure!
But I get the point. If the power is out, then this is just one big publicity stunt by the Obamarx for Life team.
Did you morons hear that during the last storm we had 7 tornados tuch down in Sacramento County? Who would have believed global warming could effect us so badly!!!

Posted by: TimothyJ at October 30, 2012 01:04 PM

3 @TimothyJ: count yourself lucky then if you have one. Most people in an urban area don't and these were the ones he was primarily talking too. Matter of fact I really doubt if anyone in the northeast( except possibly rural area's) are even prepared for what is hitting them. I know down here in Florida we are, because we have too every year. But NYC. Nope.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at October 30, 2012 01:17 PM

4 When Mother Nature comes calling, the smart thing to do is prepare to be on your own for 3-5 days, or clear out. I've done each, from time to time.

New York and New Jersey are tough cases because of the population density and all the below-ground utilities. I hope and expect the post-storm relief will be prompt and vigorous.

Posted by: VALERIE at October 30, 2012 01:58 PM

5 #2 TiM; Nice, but does your Internet Service Provider also function on generators? Are you on Satellite? Are your FIOS or cable lines still up? Good luck since you call us morons.

Posted by: Kafiroon at October 30, 2012 02:19 PM

6 After about 6 days, they will be eating each other in NY. After they vote, of course. Twice minimum.

Posted by: EROWMER at October 30, 2012 03:22 PM

7 I managed without power but with an older laptop with a phone modem in it. The cell system had also gone out because ice brought down several of the towers. However, because of living in an apartment, the generator idea was a no-go. I suspect that a lot of the apartment buildings in the NYC - NJ metro areas are also very problematic for generators for all sorts of reasons.

Posted by: LittleRed1 at October 30, 2012 03:34 PM

8 Hillary keeps a battery powered....er....never mind.

Posted by: Mark at October 30, 2012 05:31 PM

9 It is just like that Dilbert cartoon where there is an e-mail problem and the IT experts want everyone to send them an e-mail to let them know there is a problem.

Scott Adams can be prophetic at times.

Posted by: Gork at October 30, 2012 05:57 PM

10 Tim, despite having a generator, we could not follow updates since the localcable service which supplies our internet and phone svc went down for a few hours as well. Even the hotspots weren't dependable.
Our land line phone works but connecting a call is/was very difficult as all lines were busy - even as I type this. Cell phones work locally, but calling to check on family members cell lines is also spotty - again, even as I type this.
So no matter how well we prepare . . .it's only for God's amusement.

Posted by: wtd at October 30, 2012 07:56 PM

11 Was looking for a bright spot. Tonight in Detroit is Devil's night, traditionally a time of rampant recreational arson. Sandy is raining pretty good on them. So there's that.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at October 30, 2012 08:46 PM

12 Use some common sense!
Your smart phone has a battery AND you can recharge it with your car or by other means!

Posted by: Phil at October 31, 2012 09:42 AM

13 12 Yes use some. The cell tower goes down or out of service and a "smart" phone is another dead brick.

Posted by: Kafiroon at October 31, 2012 10:37 AM

I spoke with my friend in Jersey, and their power is out for possibly ten days. She has no tv, no computer, no radio in the house. How, pray tell, would anyone in that situation be able to learn of that directive? What's wrong with that picture? The train has no engineer.

Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2012 05:09 PM

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