I think it’s time for an overhaul. This place has been gathering dust and is in dire need of a face lift. I’ve been messing around with the theme layout, so if you can’t find something that used to be here…well I probably can’t find it either. If you come back tomorrow, the place may look entirely different, so don’t get attached to anything.
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Goodnight Irene by Jerry Lee Lewis (1994)
I found this website by accident, but I thought it had some good advice. Check out Kim Komando’s website…
You wake up late one morning because your alarm didn’t go off. Puzzled by the lack of electricity, you reach for your phone to call the power company. You don’t even get a dial tone. Your cellphone can’t connect either, despite four full bars and a charged battery. You try to go online with your laptop. No dice. It dawns on you that something is really wrong.
This scenario sounds like the beginning of a Hollywood disaster movie. It isn’t that far off. This is just one way a cyberattack against our country could play out. A cyberattack is a politically motivated attack on computers that control critical infrastructures. It can also affect government and financial websites.
Cyberattacks can take many forms. It could be a physical attack on computer systems. It could involve a virus designed to take down networks. Or it could be sabotage, the work of a company insider.
In truth, we don’t know what a cyberattack would look like. It could have limited or widespread effects. It depends what systems are targeted and how the attack spreads. But one thing is clear: You can’t count on anything that relies on modern technology in a cyberattack.
Sadly, the United States is ill-prepared for the threat. Security experts believe that viruses are already hiding on computers controlling the power grid. And recent attacks by hacker group LulzSec show how vulnerable we are. It has attacked the CIA, the U.S. Senate, broadcasters and businesses.
You need a family plan to guide you through an attack. It’s unclear how long the effects would last. In localized emergencies, workers from other areas help to restore services quickly. A cyberattack could affect wide swaths of the country; outside help may not be a possibility. So plan for 30 days.
Keep a supply of water and canned food on hand, along with a first aid kit. Knowing exactly what other survival tools to include can be difficult. Fortunately, the government has a site to help you plan your disaster kit.
Your emergency kit should contain cash. After all, debit and credit cards may not work. Keep important documents within easy reach, too. You may not be able to get to documents stored on your computer. Store physical copies with your disaster kit. I recommend keeping them in a safe.
Being separated from your family is worrying, particularly in emergencies. So, your family needs to determine a gathering point. You can use Facebook or Twitter to check in. However, they could be down or overloaded.
You can’t count on cellphones working. However, in localized disasters, it is often easier to call outside the area. So, designate an out-of-town relative as a contact person.
You’ll also want to have a set of two-way radios, along with batteries. They’ll work in any situation. Be sure to choose a channel to use in advance. Choose a second one in case the first is in use.
An AM/FM radio is essential for any emergency kit. Make sure it is capable of receiving NOAA weather alerts. Choose one that can be powered by hand crank or solar power. Some can even charge other gadgets, like cellphones.
For thogh we slepe or wake, or rome, or ryde, Ay fleeth the tyme; it nil no [will no] man abyde.
[c 1390 Chaucer Clerk's Tale l. 118]
It’s time to call it a day
They’ve burst your pretty balloon
And taken the moon away
It’s time to wind up the masquerade
Just make your mind up the piper must be paid
The candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed through the night
It seemed to be right just being with him
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party’s over
It’s all over, my friend
-introduced by Judy Holliday in her last film “Bells Are Ringing” (1956))