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©2014 Shanna Lea
In places where Ebola is most active, there are organizations keeping watch on its spread, and ready to report any big changes. Recently, the virus has left its place of origin and spread across the country. Now it has spread to other countries and the news has tracked the spread.
You also need to track these Ebola outbreaks. When the Ebola virus or other pandemics like it spread into new areas, the public needs to know what’s going on.
If you don’t know where the hot spots are, then you can accidentally head into an area that has become a hot zone. By staying informed of these hot zones, you help protect your family.
If you know what’s going on with the outbreak, then you’ll know whether or not to vacate your area. Don’t rely on just one news source though. Some news organizations report information that others don’t.
Stay up to the minute on news reports. One of the best ways to do this is the Internet. Catch the breaking news of both local and major news organizations.
Where to watch for breaking news:
- Local news channels on the Internet
- Major news organizations channels on the Internet
- Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter
- Breaking news apps on your phone
- Television—local and major news
- Radio stations—local and major news
Local news is especially important to keep up with. If there are evacuations in place, you’ll hear it on the local news first.
Newspapers will do a projected path for an outbreak, like they do with hurricanes. These projected paths are good indications of what might happen, so pay attention, just like you would if watching the projected path of storms. Newspapers are also a good source of news in case the electricity goes out and there is no Internet.
A hand crank or battery operated radio is essential if the power goes out, so you can still get the news as it happens and alerts to emerging situations. Make sure you have some extra batteries on hand for the radio. Many people prefer a AM/FM/Shortwave radio to listen to also.
Battery operated radio
La Crosse 810-805 NOAA/AM/FM Weather RED Alert Super Sport Radio with flashlight, USA-made IC chip for High Quality Digital reception, rubberized black finish, earphone jack and hands-free included lanyard
Hand crank radio