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FEMA: Use SMS/Social Networks Instead of Phone Lines During Hurricane Sandy

by Todd Haselton | October 29, 2012October 29, 2012 3:45 pm PDT


The Federal Management Emergency Agency (FEMA) is advising that anyone in the path of Hurricane Sandy use text messages or social networks, not direct phone calls, in order to stay in touch with loved ones.

The agency said this approach will help people avoid and further congest phone lines. That’s good advice, too, since it will keep the phones clear for anyone who has to call in an emergency. Plus, social networks allow you to broadcast your whereabouts to a larger number of people at a faster rate.

Stay safe during Hurricane Sandy, and be sure to check out our mobile safety guide for further advice.

[via TechCrunch, FEMA]

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...