Ya'll ~ It's Just How We Austinities Handle Hard Times

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

Austin Texas will never forget the 2021 ushering in of a massive winter storm that rendered us pretty much incapacitated and we are still dealing with the fallout. It was a huge disruption in our lives and certainly a hardship on many of us.

The truth is we discovered our government response and infrastructure was not as prepared as it should be. Our prized power grid has vulnerabilities. What you didn’t see was protesting, looting, places set on fire or places being torn down. Sure many were upset with the interruption of a whole week of business and school but what occurred I wish the press would cover because it's what Texans are all about!

Texans helped each other without a thought….it was a given. Generators, water, firewood and food were shared generously. Many opened their doors (homes and businesses) to those in need including pets! No one waited for the government to step in because this is just what Texans do …...you help each other, especially in time of disasters.

Residents offered rides for health care workers; they showed up to help Meals on Wheels deliver to the elderly,  helped stranded motorists and their neighbors; even helped turn off the water in their homes if needed. They kept up with any news reports and shared information freely on community websites and to their friends. Calling and texting neighbors and friends to see if they needed help was a first priority each day!

My grandson Handsome Hudson and his buddies spent a morning shoveling off their elderly neighbor’s sidewalks and had fun doing it!


Many knew friends and neighbors left on vacation and were checking their homes to make sure their faucets were covered and incurred no burst pipes. It’s what Texans do….their bigheartedness and tenacity to make the best of any situation is to be admired! I’m proud to be a Texan!

"People don't live in Austin to work, They work in Austin to live."  Robert Rodriguez filamker and screenwriter

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Comments (41)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate



A Crappy Storm



 How Austinities Handle Hard Times 



Feb 20, 2021 09:15 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist !

Feb 28, 2021 06:19 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Dorie , yours is the story of how Americans have long helped each other out during tough times.  The American spirit is alive and kicking in Austin Texas.  And...love the pics of the boys shoveling snow and having fun together. Happy smiles.  Take Care.

Feb 20, 2021 09:22 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

That is who we all are in America!! Good to see it happeneing.

Feb 28, 2021 06:18 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie- could not agree more with your post!!!!  Yes some things didn't work but we hitched up our (warm up) pants and did what we needed to do. On our NextDoor app I saw many offering much-needed plumbing parts to others. I have always been so proud to have been born here ...a proud Texan. 

Feb 20, 2021 09:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Wasn't it amazing how everyone was honestly concerned about others and what they could do to help?

Feb 28, 2021 06:17 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Dorie,

Never having lived in Texas, I am happy to report that this attitude exists in many other states as well. USAnians are generally nice people, who step up when needed.

Feb 20, 2021 12:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are right and wish we heard more about these storeis that are positive instead of all the negativity happening.

Feb 28, 2021 06:17 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Wonderful to hear the GOOD being done. People helping people is something we all need to see more of!

Feb 20, 2021 01:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Yes and its all around us but these kinds of stories are not sensational enough so often don't get reported.

Feb 28, 2021 06:16 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I'm glad the worst is behind you. And it is wonderful to see people pull together to help each other. Love that your grandson and hhis pals did their bit while having fun.

Feb 20, 2021 02:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It's good for kids to go through these experiences..it helps build character and realize that life is not always going to be perfect!

Feb 28, 2021 06:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

How wonderful that so many pulled together in such challenging times to help others. It's nice to hear about this in addition to all the other stuff reported in the news.


Feb 20, 2021 04:09 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I agree Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Feb 28, 2021 06:14 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Neighbors helping neighbors is what it comes down to when you have storms like these.

Feb 20, 2021 06:36 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It's the only way to get through a disaster like this one.

Feb 28, 2021 06:13 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

People do take care of each other in all kinds of times of need

Your Grandson and his friends are DARLING! I bet you are so very proud of them!! Our future is in their capaable hands! 

Feb 21, 2021 01:21 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I agree!

Feb 28, 2021 06:13 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Dorie what a wonderful post! I am thrilled to hear of the resilience of the people of Austin! It is so great to hear the story of your grandson 

Feb 21, 2021 05:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you!

Feb 28, 2021 06:13 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I can only imagine what a blast these little boys had Dorie Dillard Austin TX - and how thankful the elderly neighbors were. 

You'll be happy to know that I read a few feel-good stories about Texans helping each other out, such as the couple taking in a food-delivery person for the duration of the storm. 

Feb 21, 2021 09:07 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Glad to hear that Andrea Bedard !

Feb 28, 2021 06:12 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hey Dorie Dillard Austin TX - does that bring back some memories of upstate New York.

Feb 21, 2021 09:39 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Grant Schneider ..Yes it did and reminded me why I moved! HA HA!

Feb 28, 2021 06:12 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, I hope you did not experience burst pipes and/or lack of electricity.   Like Nina said, I believe AMERICANS step up and help each other.   I know those around here would be there for each other also.

Feb 21, 2021 10:10 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I had no burst pipes and my power styaed on but lost water.

Feb 28, 2021 06:11 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Glad to know that everybody’s hanging tight and working together and helping each other. :)

Feb 22, 2021 08:34 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It's what we do!

Feb 28, 2021 06:09 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Joan Cox I can imagine all the frustration out there with the power company and with the insane weather that almost never happens to this level!

Feb 22, 2021 08:36 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It is definitely not the norm!

Feb 28, 2021 06:10 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

it's what Texans do - nuff said - I loved the stories of furniture stores opening their doors for people to sleep there -

Feb 23, 2021 05:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was truly amazing what businessess did..thinking outside the box to help!

Feb 28, 2021 06:09 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Aw, your post gave me a chill - from joy of reading about people helping each other just because.    Rare in big cities - that's why I moved to a town of 4,000.

Feb 23, 2021 12:28 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was amazing the help neighbors gave each other!

Feb 28, 2021 06:08 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

They say Texas is BIG and it's true and so are the hearts of Texans. 

Feb 24, 2021 02:53 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are so right!

Feb 28, 2021 06:08 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

The pictures coming out of Texas last week were shocking!  It will take quite a while to get those damaged houses back in order.  Neighbors helping neighbors is priceless!


Feb 24, 2021 09:57 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

We just don't have weather like this..we are always more concerned about the heat of the summers.

Feb 28, 2021 06:08 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Yes! I concur as a fellow Texan, our peeps stepped up to the plate. Great post.

Feb 26, 2021 08:36 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

They sure did!

Feb 28, 2021 06:07 AM