We had a lightning storm not too long ago and although we had power, we lost access to our TV channels for a couple of hours. The satellite provider was out, and in some areas, cable was out, and people lost both internet and TV. I am not talking about losing access to favorite shows, although some people can get very disturbed about this, they actually called 911. In an emergency, you’d want to have access to local news just to see what’s going on.
Here are a few ways to stay connected:
News apps for your smartphone — Many TV stations offer apps for smartphones, to give instant access to news, weather and traffic. I personally do not have them, as many of these apps indicate they have access to personal information for advertising. However, it’s an option. Some counties also offer emergency alert apps as well.
Internet — Assuming you haven’t lost internet access, you can get news from your favorite news sites online. Google has a feature called Public Alerts which gives emergency information locally and around the world.
Social media — If you have access, Twitter and Facebook updates will give you a clue what’s happening within your contacts.
“Rabbit ears” — Many of us remember these from when we were kids and our parents did not want to pay for cable. When they work, they give access to basic TV channels. I tried it but it did not work well in our unit. The picture tends to be blurry, however, it may work for other locations.
Indoor HDTV Antenna — We installed one of these and the result was great. We get all the free channels without having to be hooked up to cable, and the HD picture quality is excellent. Although we purchased it for emergencies when cable is out, I may not even mind cancelling cable service now that we have all the basic channels.
Weather radio — I always recommend having a weather radio with battery backup power in case you lose electricity.
Ham radio — Ham radio is highly recommended by enthusiasts. This is still in my to-do list, but I haven’t got the space just yet.
Source: ApartmentPrepper.com — http://apartmentprepper.com/how-to-get-news-in-an-emergency/
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