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