It runs in cycles
We learned the hard way when power is lost due to a storm like it was Friday, April 17, to contact neighbors to see if they have electricity.
We tried contacting 10 different households to no avail.
Two had apparently cancelled their land line phone, maybe some had cordless phones that won’t work without power.
With those using cell phones only, we don’t have a number to call.
What if a BIG emergency was happening and people needed to be warned?
Since a 911 system is in operation, things have improved.
However, since we have had five lightening strikes since we moved to this location in 1956, we always want to know if anybody else loses their power.
One time we had no power for more than 12 hours and everybody else was restored in two to three hours.
That’s when we discovered the light company did not change our physical address when the county had to re-number.
We have contacted our service provider numerous times and once they finally sent someone out, but with three meters, one is still listed as 1680 (which has not been an address for at least 10 years.)
A few years back, before modern technology, a siren on the water tower alerted volunteers and served as a fire alarm in both Ferris and Palmer.
I remember there seemed to be a lot of fires when I was growing up and when we heard the siren, we would run outside and check our roof and then try to pinpoint where the smoke was.
Back before sirens, my dad said when people needed to be alerted for fire, etc. they would fire three shots in rapid succession.
That happened one cold 20 degree night when the cottonseed house at the Ellis County gin burned in Palmer in the late 1920s.
He stood there with the water hose until his clothes were frozen stiff.
Maybe it’s time to organize neighbors to communicate with each other again especially since the threat of HR#45 is looming and is the 2nd Constitutional amendment of our right to bear arms, for whatever reason we need them.