It was difficult not being able to let people online know that we were okay, and also not being able to watch TV or access the internet to see what was going on. The radio wasn't the best at giving out certain information and would often direct people to "go to our website". So, I think it's worth it to spend a little to be better prepared in the future, but I'm not sure what route to take that will fit within our finances and offer the access I need.
Should I just smarten up my cell phone a bit? Get a tablet? Get a laptop?
What are the pros and cons to each (cell towers down, costs too much, difficult to recharge during outage)?
Anyone have any experience with what worked best for you?