In the past week, the Southeast has endured a hurricane - some people experiencing additional flooding while having not recovered from the previous hurricane. Here in Central Texas, we are getting water logged with flooding and suddenly cold temperatures - from the mid-90's to mid-40's, while the northwestern part of Texas is already getting near-freezing temperatures for the highs.
We had a tornado near us on Tuesday of last week (10/9/18). Unfortunately, the local emergency management system didn't work right that day. Even though I have a land-line phone which should automatically receive a phone call for such an emergency, the call did not come through that day. No cell phones that were signed up for EMS alerts received them. An email was sent out - but most of us got it 2 hours after the fact. (Thankfully, we were okay, but it is frightening to think that we had no way of getting an alert that day. Living in the country, we can't hear tornado sirens.)
Nonetheless, we took inventory of bug-out-bags. The girls have grown and the temperatures have dropped, so it was time to make sure we had clothes that fit for the right season, We also checked key emergency supplies and verified that the snacks are still in good shape.
We did know more rain and much colder temperatures were coming before they hit Monday. Hopefully everyone took note and got their firewood in. The flooding was not quite expected, however. We are on alert for roads and bridges to flood. Many areas have low-water crossings that flood easily. Even so, one of the main rivers through the county may crest at 30' today - which will close some major roads, limiting access to communities.
It is a good time to remember to have plenty of food on hand to last a couple of weeks or more for everyone - especially things that can be prepared without electricity should the power go out. Also, check to make sure that everyone has enough medicine on hand should roads but cut off due to flooding or snow.
Some people also experienced phone and Internet outages with AT&T's outage on Monday. If you are not currently signed up to get emergency alerts, do check with your local emergency management service to make sure you can receive alerts on your phone and emails.
Check your supplies and be safe.