Happy Monday, er Tues-the-Extreme Day!
Sheesh, this Tuesday truly feels like a Monday.
I’m not here to bum you out first thing in the morning, at the start of a work week, but the State of Texas is really in a quandary right now, and I would be a disloyal daughter if I didn’t talk about the fires that are engulfing my home state right at this very moment.
At the time of this post over 500 homes have been destroyed, and thousands of acres are in peril of burning. Devastating drought and heat combined with winds brought from Tropical Storm Lee, formed a lethal combination that is terrorizing Texas.
The State has released a plea to all firefighters: current, volunteer and past to please assist in fighting the devastating flames. Crews are not equipped in the areas impacted to handle the fires alone.
There is a plea that is being circulated throughout Facebook and the internet. I share nitwittery and silly videos with you 99% of the time on this clap-trap hobo parlor, but the following is neither silly or funny…
“ATTENTION TEXAS AND SURROUNDING AREAS.. they NEED FIREMEN!!!! Begging for retired and any fireman to call number to help. We were short 25 fireman last night. Cannot contain town of Bastrop, 35 miles away…fire is 16 miles long, 6 miles wide, jumped Colorado river, evacuated entire town and also neighborhood called Steiner ranch of 5500* PLEASE EVERYONE REPOST EVEN IF NOT IN TEXAS.. SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS MAY BE. HELP!!UPDATE: Due to massive response from AWESOME TEXANS this specific plea has been met! They are directing volunteers with the following:
“If you want to help, support your local fire departments, churches, red cross, salvation army, and shelters.”
Of course, if you are a firefighter, you are probably not loafing around on the internets right now, however if you are a loved one or friend of a firefighter former or current, volunteer, professional or industrial, Texas needs your fireman.
Here’s a link to the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
As I write this, I am watching a fire that is an hour and a half from my house. The fire is in Magnolia TX, and is fairly new but has already destroyed several homes.
There are currently over 60 wildfires buring in the entire state.
Needless to say, there’s plenty of work to be done. What can you do? Ask your local church to start a clothing/housewares/food drive, reach out to friends in the surrounding communities and see what needs to be done.
As with any disaster, there are hundreds of families that will need everything, as all they escaped with were their lives.
Today, as you grumble under your breath that the long weekend’s over, curse at the man who cut you off in traffic or roll your eyes as your kid throws her 3rd fit of the day, be thankful for what you have and send some love over to those who are not as lucky this morning.