Tuesday, January 11, 2011

11/1/11 Puddles

It's been rain here for the last couple of days, so far we've had a total of 55ml. A few short months ago I would have thought that was a HUGE amount, but in relation to what QLD is getting at the moment it's a miniscule drop in one very big bucket. I've spent the majority of today sitting here at my computer using Facebook to keep track of dear friends in flood affected areas. Many people out there hate facebook for one reason or another, some think it's an invasion of privacy, others think it breaks up familys and makes parents neglet their children. But the past few days and weeks have proven what a wonderful communication tool facebook really is. With the help of mobile technology, many people who would otherwise be cut off from the rest of the world by this horible natural disaster, are still able to communicate and get help where needed, and friends and family in other parts of the country and the world can find out information on their loved ones. Facebook pages like this one  
http://www.facebook.com/QueenslandPolice#!/QueenslandPolice and others set up for specific areas are posting constant updates on evactations, road closures and other important information. Thanks to Facebook today I was able to find news of one friends safety with in half an hour of the evacuation notices for her area being posted, and many more soon after. Thank you Facebook you have saved me hours if not days of worrying about my friends safety. After being assured of my friends saftey I took Thomas outside in the rain to play in the mud puddles, and was thankful that mere mud puddles is all we have to deal with. He was delighted that his Big Big Sis decided to join him in the fun :)

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