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  • Twitter Alerts Have Improved

    Twitter Alerts

    Twitter has just made it easier for iOS and Android users to receive critical information during times of crisis. On Dec. 19th, Twitter added new features to its emergency alert system.

    Twitter Alerts now lets users subscribe to emergency alerts directly from a participating organization’s Twitter profile. Simply click on the bell-shaped icon next to the follow button to enroll for emergency alerts and to follow that participating organization. When facing the threat of a natural disaster, or in another emergency, these organizations will send alerts and information to your electronic device. These alerts appear as a separate bar of text along the bottom of your Twitter stream.

    Twitter Alerts first appeared in September 2013, and in the past three short months over 120 organizations from seven different countries have been enrolled. According to Gabriela Pena, a blogger on The Official Twitter Blog, “More than 50 U.S. organizations — state, regional, federal — have Twitter Alerts enabled. Participants include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of State, Department of Homeland Security and the Red Cross.”

    Read the rest of the story from Mashable or straight from The Official Twitter Blog.

    Communication during times of unrest is vital. Apps like Twitter Alerts are being created so you can be better informed during an emergency when other communication sources may not work.

    To learn more about communication during emergencies, check out our Insight Article Communication During and After a Disaster


    Do you have any kind of emergency alerts set up on your devices? Which ones?


    Photo Courtesy of The Official Twitter Blog

  • Welcome to Emergency Essentials!

    Welcome Survival Mom readers!

    Thank you for your many kind comments! We’re so glad you’ve stopped by our Facebook page and left a little love for us. Keep visiting us there (and here on the blog), because we like to do giveaways of our own.
    If you’re new to the world of Emergency Essentials, this post will give you a quick “tour” of the products, information, and resources we have to offer.

    The Emergency Essentials Website
    We want you to buy stuff not just because it’s good for business, but because we really believe that our job is to help you prepare. That’s how we help make the world a better place.  To help you out we have monthly specials—and between you and me, those deals are pretty good. This November we sold the YETI 1250 Solar Generator Kit (usually $1799.95) for $1399.95. Awesome, right?
    Prep School
    We really believe in preparedness education, so we started Prep School. (No, you don’t have to wear a uniform. You can access it in your pajamas if you want to!). Feel free to download, print, and copy all Emergency Essentials Prep School courses for personal, community, and other non-commercial use. (More modules coming soon!)
    Insight Articles
    Check out our Insight Articles; they are like an online library – actually, more like a treasure trove. They’re the El Dorado  of emergency information. The Insight Articles offer a ton of in-depth information on how to prepare yourself and your family for emergency situations. 

    The Preparedness Pantry Blog
    Our blog (where you are right now) features giveaways, tips, product reviews, recipes, musings, etc.  We also include current events and love to feature guest posts, so keep checking back here—or submit a guest article of your own.
    Our Twitter Feed
    We also tweet (ain’t it sweet?) so check out our feed. Here we feature preparedness tips, sale items, product highlights, etc.
    Our Pinterest Page
    We’ve got lots of great pins on our Pinterest site. We’ve pinned recipes, articles, gift ideas, gardening and storage tips, products, etc.
    Our YouTube Channel
    Our YouTube channel has helpful videos on how to use products. Especially popular are our recipe videos.
    The Be Prepared Forum
    We love to know what YOU think, what works for you, and what kind of products you want to see.
    Big changes are coming for Emergency Essentials. We can’t give you any details now (it may or may not have something to do with how we look), but check back in January. Heck, come visit any time!
    And don’t forget to sign up for our email list and free catalog.
    Happy Prepping!

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