I have already confessed to being fascinated with gadgets. I’m pretty sure I’m in the majority. Otherwise how do you explain the millions of iPads out there and why is it the owners manual for your smartphone now comes on a CD? Things are getting more and more complicated because that’s what the public demands.
F.E.M.A (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has instituted a program titled “Get Tech Ready”. This site is designed specifically for those who have grown accustomed to using technology as a matter of routine. My generation had to learn to come up to speed with computers. I remember taking a computer class with my wife in 1982 or 1983. The class was taught by a high school teacher now retired (Art Denning). The computers were Apple II’s, as I recall. (Look that one up in the history books kids.) We came away from the class with the opinion that they could help keep the checkbook straight (maybe) and play some cool games, but that we would probably never have need for one in our home. (No wonder I could never make any money in the stock market!)
Get Tech Ready is a resource that educates families about how using technology can help them prepare for and recover from disasters. A survey by the American Red Cross shows that the internet, including news sites and social networking platforms is one of the most-used tools that people employ to let loved ones know they are safe.