Hey, if you didn't have enough to worry about with Obozo and the rest of D.C, let me help you out.
You may have seen the news yesterday and today about the big solar flare, the effects of which have now arrived at Earth, and are expected to be minimal to moderate and limited to the far northern latitudes. Some of you may know that really big solar events can produce effects here on earth very similar to EMP, potentially disrupting communications, the power grid, etc.
(If you haven't read One Second After, I can't recommend it highly enough.)
For more information there's a great private website called solarham.com that brings info from a lot of official sources together. You can also go to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. The cool thing about the NOAA site, and sorta the point of this message, is that you can sign up to have Alerts, Warnings and Updates e-mailed to you. I get them on my phone!
Unlike a human-caused EMP event, solar events come with some lead time. But you have to GET a warning for it to BE a warning.
I have no connection to solarham or NOAA. Just think it's cool stuff (and potentially useful.)
United States of America - Born July 4th, 1776 - Killed by 50 million brain-dead zombies November 6th, 2012
Mack: Shame what this town's come to.
Charley Waite: You could do something about it.
Mack: What? We're freighters. Ralph here's a shopkeeper.
Charley Waite: You're men, ain't you?
Mack: I didn't raise my boys just to see 'em killed.
Charley Waite: Well you may not know this, but there's things that gnaw at a man worse than dying.
- Open Range