Last night I went to bed about 1 a.m. Those first few hours, I’m usually out for the count. At some point, I heard what sounded like an alarm – a wakeup alarm, not a smoke alarm. Even as it continued to ring, I was thinking . . it’s Monday. Am I supposed to be somewhere? Why did I set an alarm? It stopped. I went back to sleep. A few minutes later, it started again. I started fumbling around in the dark for my phone. I found it but that’s not where the sound was coming from. It stopped again. I went back to sleep. It started again. It was time to turn on the lamp and figure out what the heck was going on.
It was my tablet ringing . . Vince calling me on Facebook. It was 1:57 a.m.
Knowing something had to be wrong, I was instantly in panic mode.
Vince: My power is out.
Me: Mine is not! I was sleeping.
Vince: Can you call Encore?
I was nice but it was hard. He has a phone but . . his battery was dead. Who lets their phone battery die (1) in the midst of the worst winter storm to hit Texas in decades, if not centuries and (2) ever . . ever? I can just about tell you every minute of every day how much battery power I have on my phone and if it’s less than 20%, it’s going on the charger. This is something we’ve dealt with for years. I’d ask him where is phone was or try to call him and his phone was dead. I’d like to say that will change but I know it won’t.
Without a phone, he could not call an ambulance, the fire department — no one.
So, I told him I would call Encore. I did and because both of our phone numbers are registered to our account, just by calling in, I heard a recorded message that they knew our power was out but could not give me a time when it might be restored.
That was 10 hours ago. It was zero degrees. As of writing this post, it’s 7 degrees but it’s going to be zero again tonight.
There are so many people without power. If power is not restored, this is going to mean frozen pipes (if they aren’t already), animals with no heat (including Cat), homes without fireplaces with no heat. It’s a sad and dangerous mess. I’m not blaming the electric company. This is one of those things that happens rarely and is almost beyond the capabilities of the power company to handle.
I am thankful that all I lost was a few hours sleep but I am concerned for so very many people without power. The last time I checked, Encore alone and well over 1.23 million customers (and that may mean households) in Texas without power and they’re just one company that provides power. This is dangerous for homes with no alternative way to heat. Most towns/cities will not have shelters or power to keep this many people safe with the extremely low temps.
It’s a mess and it’s a scary situation for many.
Vince was worried about me losing power in MO. He wasn’t real concerned about it happening to him.