If you are working outside, not near TV broadcast towers, or driving in your car there are ways to get information. The best way is to become a Ham Radio operator. You can get news and updates on situations most of the time right from the area in which the event is happening. No worries about cell tower coverage or minutes used. Local and Worlwide communications at your fingertips. You can also, with your Amature Radio license and equipment, help your community, local gorvernment and neighbors in an emergency when all else fails... Just a thought.