NYC and surrounding area, here’s a round up of SMS sites to check out in preparation for Hurricane Irene.
If you lose mobile data or power in general during the hurricane (or if you don’t have a smartphone), we’ve got you covered with SMS access to Twitter, foursquare, NYC.gov (updating), NOAA (updating), MTA.info (updating), NY Times, NJ Transit, and Weather.com.
Save the phone number 368266 as DOTCOM, and text the domain name in to that number.
Here’s how to access each site with SMS:
Twitter.com: Text twitter to DOTCOM (368266) – This requires authorization on the web the first time: http://dotgo.com/res/twitter
NYC.gov: Text nyc to DOTGOV (368468) – Shelter information for now. We’re adding more as we can. (Texting nyc.gov to DOTCOM (368266) also works.)
NOAA.gov: Text noaa to DOTGOV (368468) – Latest update on the hurricane (location, wind speed, etc) plus the NOAA Hurricane Irene RSS feed. (Texting noaa.gov to DOTCOM (368266) also works.)
MTA.info: Text mta.info to DOTCOM (368266) - Provides subway status and arrival times, as well as LIRR. (MetroNorth is in the works.)
NJTransit.com: Text njtransit to DOTCOM (368266) – Works as “njtransit from to time(optional)”- ex. njtransit penn montauk 2pm.
NYTimes.com: Text nytimes to DOTCOM 368266 – Headlines and a bite of the story. Full story requires mobile data.
foursquare.com: Text foursquare to DOTCOM (368266) – Also requires authorization the first time – http://dotgo.com/res/foursquare (We obviously understand how important it will be to check in to the #hurricanpocalypse)
Weather.com: This also works for weather.com, but current weather is not super useful for up to the minute hurricane stuff. Text weather to DOTCOM (368266)
The DOTGO Team