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.
None of the major cable or local news channels put emergency phone
numbers or key radio station frequencies on their screens. The only
phone-related instructions on the homepage of ready.gov is how to get
monthly disaster-prep text messages. The Federal Emergency Management
Agency told the public via Twitter to use texts and social media outlets
to stay informed.