In an effort make sure the nation's phone lines are clear for real emergencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency today took to Twitter to tell people to use social networks and text messages when contacting family friends during Hurricane Sandy.

This shouldn't be too much of a problem, seeing as how many of us don't enjoy speaking on the phone as it is. But the advice is sound. Voice takes up more cellular bandwidth. And with Hurricane Sandy expected to wreck havoc all along the eastern seaboard, many cellular networks are going to be under heavy strain.

So when your mom calls you to read you the laundry list of things she thinks you should do before the storm hits land, tell her FEMA said it'd be best for her to text you. 

[via Tech Crunch]