Thursday, May 30, 2013

Response to Okla. tornado shows why people are awesome

Response to Okla. tornado shows why 
people are awesome.

By Susie Boyce, Contributor

DALLAS — “Please tell me you guys are OK.”

“We’re fine. But our house is gone.”

That was the text exchange between Dale Brannon, my brother-in-law, and his friends Chuck and Marie White last Monday, May 20, after a tornado tore through the White’s neighborhood in Moore, Okla.

The Whites, along with Marie’s elderly mother, were at home when they heard on the news that a fierce tornado was heading in their direction. They were advised to drive away or get below ground. If they stayed above ground, they were told, they wouldn't survive.

So the Whites grabbed their cellphones, jumped into their car and proceeded to drive out, around and behind the tornado. After it had passed, they returned to a house and neighborhood that had been reduced to rubble; they couldn’t tell where one house ended and another began.

Follow the link below to and continue to read how people have begun to recover from the devastation of this disaster:

                                          Response to Okla. tornado shows 
                                                why people are awesome.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tech Ready for an Emergency


According to The American Red Cross, the internet - including online news sites and social media platforms - is the third most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe.

Through the use of everyday technology, individuals, families, responders and organizations can successfully prepare for, adapt to and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies and/or disasters. With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs.


Use your cell phone’s text messaging capability to receive text message updates from FEMA (standard message and data rates apply).

Here are basic commands to get started:

  • To signup to receive monthly preparedness tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • To unsubscribe (at any time): text STOP to 43362 (4FEMA)

PREPARE YOUR DATA AND DEVICES -- Follow this link for ideas from the American Red Cross on how to prepare yourself digitally for a disaster.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ready Your Business

Click on the links below to view for good information on their 12 point program to business continuity planning.