The one thing that disturbed me the most about the August earthquake in Virginia wasn’t the loss of some knick-knacks and glassware. It wasn’t the fears that rose along with the shaking, it was the loss of technology.
Yes, cell phones quit! I couldn’t call my husband who works at the airport in D.C. I couldn’t call my daughter or son, no one, unless of course they had an old fashioned plug in the wall, no electricity required landline!
Why? The reason seems to be that everyone and his brother was using cell phones to call loved ones and the system was way overloaded. So everyone who is lulled into thinking that with current technology in an emergency we can get in contact with our family and friends may be S-O-L. For the handful of people who don’t know what that means, let me enlighten you… S----- out of luck. In addition since so many didn’t know what was happening I heard that a lot of people were calling 911, which also overloaded that system. God forbid anyone was really injured.
So to summarize, you can just forget about that fancy cell phone in an emergency. You may as well be holding a rock. If you know me then you know that I do have a novel idea, however. How about sending up some smoke signals?
Just to be safe it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on some wood and matches, and learn the signals.