As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. We care!If you'd like to be part of the Itzl Alert Network, please leave a comment asking to join, or send us a message asking to join. We'd love to have you. The bigger our network, the less likely someone will be stranded all alone.We have split up the publishing duties, but we welcome everyone in IAN to do daily diaries for the group! Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!Monday: BadKitties
Ok, we have a (mostly) finished diary schedule. If you would like to fill in, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMom a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FSNMom is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.
with my Tonia's permission,
I put our personal information,
including two numbers for the Wichita Police,
in the regional database,
in the IAN queue.
If I had just one or two buddies
here at IAN,
I could put all that in a private message
to just those buddies.
We could change it up,
and do just that,
and remove it from the database in the queue,
if any one or two of you feel we should do that.
But for now,
rather than feel afraid of a possible stalker
coming to Wichita,
and scaring us,
I want the feeling of safety in numbers.
The more numbers of folks who have our personal information,
the more likely at least one of such folks
will call us,
if I fail to check in,
right after weatherdude predicts severe storms in our area,
Picture this possible scenario:
An F-3 or F-4 tornado makes a direct hit on our house,
here in Wichita, Kansas;
Tonia and I are trapped in the rubble,
We're trying to reach out to each other,
determine the extent of our injuries,
while struggling with that,
one of you calls.
We can't reach either of our phones,
I'm trying to maintain pressure
on one of us
to slow down the bleeding from a bad cut.
We fail to answer our phones.
whichever of you has called us,
tries the number of the police substation in our neighborhood.
But they got smashed with the same tornado.
That's when you call the downtown, Main street number.
In my hypothetical example,
the police are grateful for the information,
telling you the fire trucks and EMS folks are swamped,
and they will send a patrol car to our address,
and you tell them we live just inside the back door,
and the officer arrives,
and we shout back,
and firefighters come,
and we are rescued.
And I write a diary about the whole experience,
and that diary gets me more recs and tips than I've ever had.
I don't necessarily expect anyone else
to look at this IAN series
in that way.
But that's the way my brain works,
and that's why I posted our personal information
in the regional database,
in the IAN queue.
Climate change is causing more severe storms in Kansas.
Thanks for reading.
Keep us in mind,
next time weatherdude warns us about severe weather
in the area of
by the way,
please don't feel I'm going to harp on this topic each Tuesday;
No, no, no!
From now on,
til further notice,
I'll write about our vegetable garden,
our three dogs and our cat,
my wife and her uncle Randall,
and her three brothers,
Terrell, Michael, and Isaac,
all the wonders of life in this big family,
living in this big house.
Along with plans for dog houses,
and a chicken coop,
and the ducks we want to raise,
and the duck eggs we want to eat,
and the coming shortage of diesel fuel,
which will create a shortage of food in America,
resulting in famine and death,
until future generations finally settle down,
and eating duck eggs.
That's what I write about,
most of the time,
and that will be our Tuesday diaries,
here at the Itzl Alert Network.
We can swap recipes, as well.
Pam from Calif,
Glen The Plumber,
Free Jazz at High Noon,
The Eyewitness Muse,