With the Amazon cloud failure last week, there was some talk of the possibility of a small MP backup website with its own url hosted on different servers (at HOM?) that people could access if there's another cloud failure. I think it could be a good idea to consider taking this a step further and trying to provide major travel emergency information on such a site, while making it prominent for regular MP users at the same time. (Perhaps an alert button could be added to the home and forum pages to indicate when there's some major event reported.) What I envision would be a special area on MP, mirrored on the backup site, that would be reserved for the sort of crucial news impacting travel that people really need before going to the airport. Such news would include airline suspensions of service, airline/airport/transportation strikes, major security alerts, evacuations, earthquakes, hurricanes and other major disasters, etc. One model would be to permit MP members to post in this space, but with the understanding that it's only for urgent matters, so that HOM staff wouldn't be expected to monitor anything extra. (Usually someone here notices and reports on such events quickly, as happened when STL was closed due to wind damage over the weekend. However, even though it was reported in several fora, this information wasn't at all prominent on MP. If someone were in the habit of checking MP when checking flight status before leaving for the airport--as I learned to do with FT, where really major stuff usually appears on the landing page naturally--they probably would not have noticed anything about the STL problems unless they had spent a lot of time checking new posts in various fora.) A more ambitious version would be to try include most of the type of small news items that tend to appear in the corner of the travel section in the International Herald Tribune, such as listing major festivals and bank holidays in various countries. This would require more of someone's time to the extent that it couldn't be automated easily.