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  • When the power goes out
    Don Carr
    Every day more and more of our world becomes wireless, and every day more and more wireless technology fits in the palm of our hands or on our laps. The answer is in the clouds, and in the organization's willingness to invest in wireless technology capable of continuing the mission. When traditional power sources are knocked out, there are still generators and other such sources avaialble to keep wireless devices charged. At Fort Belvoir, we've been repeatedly impressed with how resourcesful our mployees and residents can be when it comes to staying informed when snowstorms and hurricanes knock the power out. They use their hardware store-bought generators and their car power outlets to keep their devices charged. That way they're able to continue getting e-mail, logging onto the Web site or social media pages, and, of course, making and receiving phone calls. On the other hand, SO much wireless technology is still so very vulnerable to attack. Therein lies the rub in terms of the extent to which the organization is willing to provide for extensive use of wireless technology. Not sure what the answer is to get us past the thinking that we just can't venture too far into use of wireless communications.
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  • I've thought about this
    Budgetweenie
    Important things should always be backed up, preferably in hard copy. Having a sufficient amount of cash (in small bills) might enable you to obtain critical items like food, water. And, similar to hurricanes, always have adequate supplies of nonperishable food, flashlights/batteries and a battery operated radio (just in case there is someone out there with power and information). Depending on the cause, ensure you have a viable plan for defense of your family. But most importantly, mentally prepare for the worse, but don't behave as though it is and forget that tomorrow will come. And finally, get over the withdraw from not watching TV wasteland, being connected to virtual friends and being able to read your columns.
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  • Electrified
    RobDH
    I moved to a third world country that is less than 60% electrified. Blackouts and rolling brownouts are a part of life. What do we do when the lights go out? We light up the coconut lamps filled with fish oil and sit in big circles and tell stories. Stories that these people have handed down for 10 generations or more. Stories about history, family, religion, politics, and yes some fantasy. After all this time, I am still not allowed to stand in the circle and tell an old story. However, I can now sit in the circle and absorb the knowledge. No PC, mobile unit, or cell. Never think about the old world. I am happy.
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  • Get an iphone
    contrarian
    Mike must not have an iphone because it has a find a phone feature through the GPS. As for the NUF, those privacy disclaimers are only for the lawyers nobody reads them.
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  • Blackouts
    Donna S
    Being without power for 5 days after an ice storm a few years back gave me a big wake-up call. I now have a standby generator at home. It starts itself up the minute the power goes out. Gotta love it! As long as the propane holds out, I would be able to work from home. All essentials are hooked up plus outlets in a couple of rooms. I can even watch tv in a blackout!
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