Something to keep in mind during a disaster

Something to keep in mind during a disaster

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    Something to keep in mind during a disaster

    I work in communications so I figured I'd throw this out there. I was listening to a local radio show and they played actual 911 calls after the earthquake hit the east coast. It's amazing to me how many people think 911 is their personal 411 to get curent events, rather than to report an emergency.

    Operator - "911, what is your emergency?"

    Caller - "Yeah, uhhhh, is something going on? Did we just have an earthquake?"

    Operator - "Yes there have been reports of an earthquake in our area. Sir, do you need an emergency service"

    Caller - "No, I was just calling to find out what's going on."

    So if you're one of the people who actually need help during an earthquake or hurricane and can't get through, it's because of that guy and thousands more like him.

    Here's an interesting article on landlines, radio, texting and social media and how they were affected by the quake. Interesting to see how it compares to upcoming hurricanes or quakes.

    Cellphone service falls short after earthquake - The Washington Post
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    Yes, that is one of the most anoying things for those who work in emergency services. Even if its something simple as the storm sirens going off- meatheads still call to see if there really is a possible tornado coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Yes, that is one of the most anoying things for those who work in emergency services. Even if its something simple as the storm sirens going off- meatheads still call to see if there really is a possible tornado coming.
    That is true. I recall one individual who got days off for an unorthodox response to such a call.
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    Yep - and I've heard about people calling 911 because a fast food restaurant got their order wrong and all kinds of nonsense.
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    I remember back before 911 existed. If there was a natural disaster you turned on the TV or radio to get information. Now people think 911 is their source for disaster infomation, TV and rqadio seem to be an after thought. Of course people also think the world will end if they can't use a cell phone or text message!
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    It’s a matter of laziness dialing 911 only requires you dial 3 numbers while dialing the non-emergency number requires having to dial seven or ten digits. And heaven forbid they have to get off their duffs and find the remote and push a button to change the channel and miss part of the latest sitcom or reality show.
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    911 recieved to many nuisance call July 4th a genltman in a motorcycle wreck was unable to get badly needed emergeny services and latter died from his injuries. I wonder if he would still be here had he recieved the help he would have normally been able to get if people weren't calling and complaining about firework noise. I also wander how many of those Idiots that called in now feel somewhat responsible for his death. Oh, heck what am I thinking that would require thought and responsibility, what am I thinking.
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    Obviously you guys did not get the memo. The Government is the answer to all your problems. Just call Uncle, he'll get everything taken care of.


    FWIW, my mom called me to ask if we had felt it after their calls died down. They got a bunch and evacuated some city buildings. My and my wife's cell phones both rang but I was unable to answer them. So I called her back. I had to ask to speak to her and when she picked up I immediately went into, "Auntie M, Auntie M grab Toto it's an earthquake, it's an earthquake."
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    I know it is old school but this is one reason I still use the old CB in my truck and have been thinking about the 10 meter ham radios. I have also been thinking about putting a CB at my brother's house across town.

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    My wife and I, along with some other relatives that live in the area are ham radio operators too. It's comes in pretty handy when other forms of communication gets clogged up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CUMMINS View Post
    People are stupid, its a proven fact
    The average IQ is 100, so for every IQ of 125 out there, there's a village idiot right behind him.

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