posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 09:48 AM
I have to add that I really wanted to join in this contact netowrk, but refrained for some of the security and identity reasons mentioned in this
thread. I agree that a page with a map linked to alerts from each region would be helpful. A "chemical spill", train derailment, freeway shutdown,
etc. in a certain area might go right by someone who isn't a local, but the info could be very helpful and important to the safety of people nearby.
For instance, the area I'm in is prone to wildfires. The official sites are always hours, alsmost days, behind in being updated. I generally watch
the ridges for signs of smoke when we have lightning strikes. It would be much nicer to click on the blinking region map if another ATSer had posted
about a wildfire (insert appropriate emergency here), than wait til I saw flames or a sheriff knocked at my door to tell me to bug out.