we dodged the bullet, but next time my winter disaster communications tips might help!
In Medfield I think we lost power for less than an hour today, but it was a reminder that reallly bad weather (even in '78 we didn't lose power, but remember that Quebec ice storm???)normal communications might be disrupted, and we'd be on our own. That's where my "21st century disaster tips you WON'T hear from officials," about using Twitter "Tweets" rather than voice calls on your cell (the WORST thing you can do because of the bandwidth required and likelihood you won't get through), downloading free software to create an ad hoc neighborhood WiFi network, etc. -- can really save the day. Enjoy.
-- W. David Stephenson
PS: excuse the scary man in the green shirt. While he looks crazed, he comes in peace.