As others have said, have a radio. Without wi-fi, cellular service/internet, the radio will allow you to know what's going on. I was fortunate that I recently got the iPhone 5, which requires a data plan. Between the radio and accessing internet on my cellphone I knew what was going on. My radio is just a basic transistor radio that I've probably owned for 25 years. When I was at Target before Sandy hit, a woman was looking for a battery operated radio and none were to be found. It really doesn't take up much space and uses very little battery power - I had it on for 12 hours a day for 3 consecutive days and no problem with regards to battery power. The hand crank ones are good too. I also had handcrank flashlights.