In the article written by Ed Payne and Ralph Ellis of CNN, "Tropical Storm Bill hasn't been quite the storm meteorologists anticipated, but it was still bringing significant rain to areas of Texas that have dealt with significant flooding. "Some areas near Houston had nearly 2 1/2 inches of rain Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. Forecasters were concerned that the storm would dump much more rain overnight. "'North side of TS #Bill has strong storms to contend with tonight,' the Weather Service's office in Houston tweeted. "There were flash flood warnings for southeastern counties, the last of which was [...]
Our hearts go out to the Nepal casualties and survivors. With over 5,200 deaths and 10,000 injured, there is much to be done, debris to clean and healing to be had. BUT…there IS good news! Technology. Yes, the very social media, search engines and tech companies in general that we use day-to-day, often take for granted and have full-blown debates over are the very companies helping to save lives and assure family and friends all is well. What are we talking about? According to NPR, “As the nation struggles to deal with the devastation of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that [...]
FEMA launched their new app on April 14th, allowing "users to receive alerts on severe weather happening anywhere they select in the country, even if the phone is not located in the area, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends." As more and more “'[e]mergency responders and disaster survivors are increasingly turning to mobile devices to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters,' said Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator. 'This new feature empowers individuals to assist and support family and friends before, during, and after a severe weather event.' “'Every minute counts [...]
As Eric Larson of Mashable illustrates in today’s post on Rebekah DiMartino – Boston Bombing survivor, “Hours after taking the stand, DiMartino (nee Gregory) posted a powerful open letter to Tsarnaev on Facebook.” And powerful it WAS! DiMartino illustrates the fear created by Tsarnaev, but that’s not the compelling part. Anyone can cause fear. What’s compelling is when she starts expressing the good, the positive things that “won over” despite the fear. “And I think that's the ironic thing that happens when someone intends something for evil. Because somehow, some way, it always ends up good... in so many ways, [...]
In a post by Reuters this morning, “A large winter storm could dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the eastern United States on Wednesday and into Thursday, weather officials said, as a relentless winter continues its onslaught on the region.” For those of you getting all that fresh powder…where will you be??? Out on a mountain making some great lines? Snow shoeing? Cross-country skiing? Making some snowmen and angels? Wherever you go, just remember your EPlus. Not only is it great for emergencies, but feel confident knowing you can take more pictures and videos with your [...]
How ‘bout that storm, eh? Widespread power outages. Trees falling. According to KCRA, “Weather at San Francisco International Airport forced more than 150 flight[s] to be canceled…” Plumas County reported, “75 calls for damage caused by Friday’s whether…” There were multiple fires. Truckee’s radio station 101.5 FM KTKE posted some Historic Downtown Truckee. In some more rural areas like Graeagle, CA, the power was out for nearly 36 hours (minus a couple power surges)! There’s no time like a widespread power outage to have your EPlus Charger at the ready. Knowing your cell phone has a charge and is [...]
It's looking like that wicked Juno has done a little number on the Northeast! According to Weather.com: Winter Storm Juno, a powerful nor'easter, continued to slam Massachusetts with heavy snow and strong winds on Tuesday, with morning high tide leading to coastal flooding across the state, causing blackouts and evacuations in some areas. High tide is expected to cause more flooding. Nantucket residents lost power and telephone service early Tuesday morning, making it one of the hardest hit areas by Winter Storm Juno, reports The New York Times. Local authorities say it could take six to eight hours before power [...]
We know – not everyone out there is thinking ahead in the event of an emergency. And, yet most of us buckle our seatbelts when we drive (if you’re not in the “seatbelt club” you can probably bank on also not caring about the rest of this article). Why do we buckle up? In case there’s an accident; you’re taking all precautions to ensure a safe journey. So, why not be prepared at home in case of an emergency by starting with something simple? Water. We can’t go long without it. And in the event you don’t have any, [...]
The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Napa, California on the morning of August 24th was an eye-opener for many.
According to Cotati, CA resident Chris Waldron, the EPlus is exactly what he needs.
“When the quake hit, I was able to call my friends and family to check in,” Waldron said in a mobile interview. “Some of my friends in Napa weren’t so lucky. During the blackout, they were scrambling to find ways to keep their phones charged.”