Local residents power up their cell phones at a T-Mobile charging station on November 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Red Hook area remains without power or water 5 days after Superstorm Sandy.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Local residents power up their cell phones at a T-Mobile charging station on November 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Red Hook area remains without power or water 5 days after Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Priorities: Which service would you like restored first?

Following Hurricane Sandy – what I missed most was my home FIOS connection. There, I said it.

It wasn’t that cold yet and I have every reason to believe the power would be back soon and with it, my trusted partner, super fast, FiOS Quantum Internet connection.

Today, our family is going on Day 12 without power at home and while heat became more of a priority as temperatures dipped below freezing over the last 3 days, all of us at home still long for the days when we could download HD movies in just under 13 minutes, seamlessly navigate across multiple screens without a glitch and yes – enjoy that FlexView of watching our favorite entertainment on any screen, picking up right where we left off.

Being without access at all has been one of our biggest challenges. The Web has become a source of emergency information that can mean the difference between life and death decisions. In addition, it is also a resource for many families seeking alternatives to homes left powerless in the wake of the powerful storm.

Here’s the fascinating part: A small, recent survey conducted by The Online Mom found that among 80 families – Internet access ranked near the top of the priorities when indicating which service they would like to have restored first after power.

In this sample of affected families, Internet access came ahead of cable, ahead of phone lines and until it got cold, ahead of lights and heat! I could only imagine the results of this survey even just 2 years ago and how different its findings would have been.

But it is no surprise that this ranks so highly. We rely on this service to connect with others, to work, to have fun, to do homework, to shop, and of course now too, for emergencies.

Help us with our survey: Which service would you say ranks at the top of your list following power restoration?

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Monica Vila is “Chief Technology Mom,” born and raised in Mexico and co-founder of The Online Mom, the market leader in providing online and off-line tools to make parents of kids K-12 smarter and more comfortable with the technology that touches their family. The Online Mom is a website, an online newsletter, a forum for discussion, a network of certified experts and a social community devoted to promoting a healthy understanding and appreciation for the positive role technology can play in a family’s life.

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