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Where to get hurricane updates without a TV

Hurricane Matthew is barreling towards us, and it’s time to prepare. Stock up on your croquetas and red wine, and of course water, batteries, and er, bread.

Growing up, you probably fell asleep to the sound of Bryan Norcross’s voice because your fam probably left  the TV and radio running in the background to get real-time updates on storms. But TV is SO early 2000s. Now it’s Netflix and Chill all the way all day.

But during a storm, finding out if Eleven is alive during the season finale of Stranger Things is less essential than, well, you know, finding water and shelter.

Getting real-time updates without a TV is a formidable challenge, but not an impossible one. Here’s your guide to keeping up to date during Matthew.

First, here’s a storm surge planning evacuation zone interactive map. Check it and make sure you don’t need to make moves.

You can also always call the Miami-Dade County Answer Center at 3-1-1. They pretty much answer any question you have for them. It’s coooool. Like Google, but on the phone. And local.

You can still stay up to date with info by getting on the following text listservs:

FEMA
Wireless emergency alerts: These should be automatically going to your phone. If they’re not follow these steps for iPhones and these steps for Android.
Also, FEMA has a mobile app

Miami-Dade Emergency Alerts
Sign up here to get text updates

American Red Cross
Text “GETCANE” to 90999 to get text updates

The Weather Channel
Download the app here to get mobile alerts

If you still have internet/data, follow these Twitter accounts:

@NOAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s account

@NWS: The official Twitter account for NOAA’s National Weather Service

@NHC_Atlantic: The National Hurricane Center’s Atlantic region updates

@twc_hurricane: Hurricane Central, the latest updates on the tropics from The Weather Channel

@mikeseidel: Mike Seidel, Meteorologist and Field Reporter for The Weather Channel. He also does breaking weather alerts for NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.

@BMcNoldy: Brian McNoldy, Senior Research Associate at University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School  and tropical weather expert for the Capital Weather Gang [h/t ‏@laurakurtzberg for the tip]

@EricHolthaus: Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist, climate nerd and host of @ourwarmregards podcast.

@tropicalupdate: This is the dude from spaghettimodels.com. [h/t @adamold for the tip]

And if you want to see what Matthew looks like from the sky, pop over here:

Stay safe out there, Miami.