Sunday, October 07, 2018

How to know if there's an emergency

A few days ago everyone got an emergency notification from the federal government, which was testing its emergency alert system.

Many objected to receiving the notice from The Donald, but this system was created long before he took office. I recall not liking the idea that Obamaman could send out such a text. And I don't like it no matter who's president. It's just to Orwellian for me.

Nevertheless, it's just the latest in a long line of federal efforts to notify us that the Russians are coming. Read the history here. They've tried everything. Read about the current system here.

So what's the best way to get notified that something's up?

First, get the FEMA app on your phone. It will notify you if there are any weather things headed your way, and it also has all kinds of emergency information. Any of the weather apps will notify you, as well. I have about six on my phone, and when we had a tornado watch the other day they all went off. You can usually tell these apps what you want to know about.

You can also use Facebook and Twitter. Most towns publish warning information on these platforms. You can also follow the National Weather Service in your area on Facebook.

The next thing to do is find out if your state or town uses a reverse 911 system to broadcast emergency information. We have this in Connecticut. State and local authorities notify us when we're all going to die. The system will call your primary number and if you don't pick up it will call your second number and on and on. So if you have a landline and a couple of cell phones, they will all start ringing like crazy. But it works.

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