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Preparing For Emergencies

Preparing For Emergencies

Preparing For Emergencies

What resources do you use when you are preparing for emergencies?

There have been many events occurring around the globe in the past few days and I have been following many of them with great interest. Some of these events affect us directly and others indirectly, but I prefer to be informed so I can make the best decisions for my own family.

Using Technology To Prepare For Emergencies

I have found myself using technology to keep informed about the things happening around the globe and having access to technology (internet, computers, tablets, cell phones, etc) has helped to give me information that I need to prepare for and survive an emergency or natural disaster.

Here are some of the resources that I have been using to follow the emergencies (earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes) of the past week.

Websites

If you have access to the internet, then you have access to all these free resources that can give you important information in the event of an emergency.

Apps (Google Play Store)

These links go directly to the Google Play Store (and they are all free at the time of this writing).

What About You?

  1. What resources do you turn to in the event of an impending emergency?
  2. Do you have a resource list for the iPad?

Mom, when was the first time you used a computer?

I remember the first time I used a computer. Can you believe that it was over 22 years ago?

When I was in grade 5, they had a computer in the library. I don’t remember what kind it was (hey, a lot has happened in the last 22 years), but I do remember that we had to type lines of code to make things appear on the screen. I typed the code in to make a large red apple appear. It is amazing how vivid that memory is.

After that experience with the computer it would not be another 10 years until I received a hand me down Macintosh from my dad. I did amazing things with that Mac and I had loads of fun.

Around that same time, I had the opportunity to acquire an old Commodore 64. You remember those computers, right? You type your code and save it to a disk. If you shut off your computer, it forgets everything.

A little over 10 years ago I had a laptop and I was introduced to the Internet for the first time. I was on dial-up. I remember trying to send emails and being constantly disconnected. I remember chatting in a Christian chatroom. That was the only way to chat, now we have twitter, facebook, and various messengers. My husband and I met through the Internet, but that is another story for another day.

Today, I have a laptop with wireless Internet. Dial-up is a distant memory. I love the freedom to cart my laptop around the house and work from wherever I need to be.

My son’s experience with computers and the Internet is so very different than mine. He has had the opportunity to use older computers (granted they are only a few years old) and he complains that they are too slow. I wonder what his thoughts would be about a computer that you had to program or Internet that cut out all the time?

What was your first experience with the computer? I would love to hear about it.

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