skwerl: Back in 2004 when a hurricane knocked out my power for 5 days, I had uninterrupted internet service. I ran my TV and computer off my generator.
radiobiz: Katrina proved how valuable SMS can be during and after a storm. DUH.
ekdikeo4: Of course, you probably also want an old fashioned regular radio as well, probably one with a weather band, shortwave receiver, and crankpowered. There are several models out there that have all of those features.And, frankly, you want your cell phone to be on Verizon. If you don't have Verizon, you're probably SOL when the shiat hits, or shortly thereafter, because no one else has the backup power that they do. All of Verizon's towers have at least 6 hour backups, with a large quantity of them having 12 hour or longer backup ability, and the major network infrastructure towers have their own generators. However, in the case of major road blockages, those generators do need to be manually started (at least, as of 2005, when I was in the business), so if no one can get to the towers to start them, you're going to be running on their backup batteries.None of the other networks (at least as of 2005) could even come close to comparing in the battery and generator fallbacks, and I seriously doubt that they've even given it any upgrades.During the east coast power failure in 2003, my Verizon phone was still working 2 days in, everyone else's phones were completely dead within 4-6 hours at most.
markfara: In related news: Government urges people to take shelter in houses during hurricanes, since it's not like houses are ever destroyed when they hit.
meat0918: This reminds me of hipster "survivalists" and "preppers" that download "How To Survive" stuff to their iPads. Sure, they might have a solar charger, but damn people, electronics probably won't work to well in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.IMHO, the best course of action for a hurricane is to get the fark out of its way.
Kiwimann: meat0918: This reminds me of hipster "survivalists" and "preppers" that download "How To Survive" stuff to their iPads. Sure, they might have a solar charger, but damn people, electronics probably won't work to well in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.IMHO, the best course of action for a hurricane is to get the fark out of its way.You don't need a solar charger, just get a car charger. Presumably even if your own car isn't working, a neighbor or rescue worker will let you plug in long enough to charge up some small electronics.
meat0918: That's almost as lame as the "I Robot" Converse product placement.
Kiwimann: meat0918:That's almost as lame as the "I Robot" Converse product placement.That was the worst product placement I've ever seen in a movie. EVAR. Completely distracted the viewer from the movie (which wasn't even that great otherwise).
ExperianScaresCthulhu: Get a dedicated solar cell phone charger for emergencies. There's also a red cross kit out there which is the swiss army knife of radios:[www.redcrossstore.org image 320x205]35 bucks I reckon someone can find it cheaper at a local surplus store, as long as the owners are passionate instead of police knob gobblers (yeah, I'm looking at a certain surplus store here in town which gouges everyone, including military, but fellates cops with 'discounts').
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