Sunday, August 28, 2011

What TO DO?!

'What TO DO?!

The earthquake has ceased.
The hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
The storm has passed.
Pub at the end of the rainbowThe sun is shining! 

The mandatory evacuation alert has not been lifted.
Can't locate loved ones.
The power is still out.
The streets are flooded.
Residences are inaccessible and/or uninhabitable.
Power lines are live and hanging from trees.
The wind is still blowing tree limbs down.
The water has not stopped flowing over the river banks.
The food stores are closed.
Can't access $.
Forgot Rx in the fridge at the damaged office building.
Insufficient funds to continue paying for a hotel...

The shelters will close, whether your residence is habitable or not.
You will return to work, whether the schools or open or not.
The Utility Bills will show up in the mail!
The mortgage and car note still need to be paid!

{Remember to learn and/or get an in-store or online refresher training in the use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, mobile devices, SMS, mobile alerts, Flickr, iPad/data tablets, smartphones/pre-paid phones.}

Rainbow Refracted Ice Crystals
Disaster Preparedness and Response Center

Locate the nearest Shelter for you to ride out the disaster:
From your mobile/cellular device (not landline phones)
Text the word SHELTER with your Zip Code to 43362
{red color is just to highlight the important text}

The American Red Cross     @RedCross (Twitter) 
Donate and Volunteer 
Text the word REDCROSS to  90999
American National Red Cross Causes (start your own)
Donors Badge via Facebook Causes app

Let your loved ones know how you are doing during a an emergency/disaster -

Twitter hashtag #imok (I am ok) 

Facebook Personal Settings to use for disasters

Global Disaster Relief on FacebookShare your Story
Global Disaster Relief  (Facebook)
Videos posted by GDR on Facebook

@twc_hurricane (The Weather Channel Hurricane Central)

@FEMA  (Twitter)
@CraigatFEMA (Preparation tips and the latest updates from FEMA)

The Humane Society of the United States (animals/pets)

Rainbow End - Strike RichReferences & Resources
{Many entities are offering updates, info. and resources during natural disasters.}

Share your Story

Volunteer and Donate to the American Red Cross  by mail, online ophone; and before, during and after a disaster.
American National Red Cross Causes (start your own)
Donors Badge via Facebook Causes app

The FBI (U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warns citizens experiencing disasters and/or seeking to assist those with disaster relief to BE MINDFUL AND AVOID SCAMS, SCHEMES AND FRAUDULENT DISASTER RELIEF DONATION ONLINE SITES.

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. States Resources

'PRAYING & Hoping for a Good, Productive and Enjoyable School Year.'

 Kbj Cosse'
WASH POST ALERT8/28/2011-4:32am/EST: MORE THAN 1 MILLION WITHOUT POWER in Va.,Md.,D.C. MORE@ PRAYING & Hoping for the U.S. East Coast, esp,elderly, people w/Intellectual, Developmental and other Disabilities; communication/assistive tech/medical and other special needs:ventilators, oxygen machines, respirators; hospitals and the American Red Cross, Emergency Services, rescue teams, counselors.

Trees bend around the pool area at the Isle of Capri Resort Hotel on Saturday in Virginia Beach (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) 7 hours ago

SBA (Small Business Administration)
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


local hospitals/clinics'medical mobile units

local government, emergency services

local charities/donation groups/faith-based organizations

Lightning and Rainbow

MSNBC offers these related links"

  • How to track Hurricane Irene online
  • Hurrican Irene Community
  • "How To Use Social Media During Hurricane Irene'
  • No smartphone for Irene? You can still use Twitter, Facebook
  • Get support and info on Hurricane Irene network
  • Mobile apps to help in a hurricane
  • Hey Irene, can you hear me now?
  • Smartphones, tablets can be a port in the storm
  • Social media: Communication hub for disasters?
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