05:28AM... the phone rings
05:28AM... the phone rings and rouses me from my sleep. I have done it once again and forgotten to bring the phone from the kitchen into the bedroom at night, so I fly out of bed and run to the kitchen to get the call. Now it used to be that a call at some ungodly hour as that meant that there was a family emergency. After all, why would anyone be calling at that hour?
But nooooo... life has changed and technology has changed and suddenly the phone rings at all hours of the night from none other than our "friendly", "keep-you-safe" city of Rowlett. This has been happening so often, that many of the calls have gone ignored. Please... call me if something is imminent (like a tornado) but otherwise, stop crying wolf!
But, how could I lay in bed and ignore the phone ringing at this hour? By the time I got to the phone, there was no message, so dutiful husband goes to the computer to find this message from Rowlett: "A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for your area", and then the attachment lists blah, blah, blah, blah counties!
Seriously? You are waking me for this? I think I will hear when the thunder rumbles and can figure this out, but they are bound and determined to keep me safe. And then, come to find out... there has been a screw-up!
"Pete Delkus just posted that the server at the NWS is malfunctioning and sending out error watches and warnings. He said no watches or warnings are in effect for North Texas at this time."
Sure enough, the sun is beginning to shine in spite of the warning! And so my day begins!
So much for technology keeping us safe! And if they really want to keep us safe, how come we did not get calls from the city when a couple schools were just recently in lockdown after receiving a bomb threat? And why are the citizens of the Rowlett/Rockwall area not called when the white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi skinheads and open-carry people are in the midst of an aggressive confrontation at the Rockwall courthouse?
Do these not warrant a warning to be vigilant and act accordingly? To me, this is more frightening than a thunderstorm!
I am thankful it was not a family emergency but have lost faith in the system to "keep us safe".
Keywords: KKK, Neo Nazi, Rockwall, Rowlett, bomb threat, emergency alert system, lockdown, open carry, thunderstorm, weather warning
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