Technology shows its worth through a storm

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So we here in East Providence seemed to survive Nor'Easter Nemo, Winter Storm/Blizzard of 2013 pretty well. Many of us lost power for much of Friday night and throughout Saturday, but save for the odd minor car accident and a house fire where there weren't any injuries to report, we came through basically unscathed. We do mourn the one fatality suffered because of it. For the rest, we should be thankful.

We here at The Post did our best to keep those of you who had electricity or enough battery power to last through the storm informed of what was happening around for the roughly 36 hours of its impact. We worked in conjuction with our contacts in city government and public safety to get the word out. To those who provided us with information to pass along during the storm, we offer up our gratitude.

Much of our time was spent on the internet, social media specifically. It's during times like these, of crisis and confusion, where the web really does shine and show its true worth. The immediacy of the internet and of social networks creates a communal experience and creates a sense of comfort in moments of duress.

Fifty years ago, heck, barely 15 years ago, the rapid exchange of information would not have been possible. Many of us would have been anxious, worried and full of fret as we awaited word on what was actually going on around us.

Sometimes we of a certain age disparage or attempt to diminish what technology has done and continues to do to our culture. It certainly has changed much of the way we communicate, to its detriment in a few cases. But for instances like Nemo, our ability to type a couple of sentences then hit "send" it's a pretty neat thing.

We survived the Blizzard of 2013 pretty well and we did so knowing we were able to communicate with our friends and loved ones at a moment's notice. We had a good idea we'd all be O.K. when it was over. And we should be thankful for that.

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