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“Praying hard tonight for all my friends and family in Texas, especially my boy. He called tonight to say Texas A&M cafeterias are out of food, and can’t get trucks in. All other food establishments on campus are closed. Some friends were able to venture out and find a Dominos pizza and a gas station that were open.  They stocked up on what they could. 

I have countless friends and family members who are without power completely or have power cycling on and off unpredictably. Others who have busted pipes causing lots of damage or their pipes are completely frozen and they have no water at all.

Again, I’m praying hard for you guys!  Just one more challenge in an already challenging couple of years 😢

The above quote is from my daughter on FB.  We both live in East Tennessee and my grandson is fortunate enough to be attending Texas A&M on full scholarship.  I’m posting this here not only to pray for my friends and family in Texas but also to ask if in the worst case scenario any HDT friends live in the College Station area and would be willing to deliver some food to my grandson’s dorm if able.  His friends tried to get to the supermarkets last night but they were closed.  I will be more than happy to reimburse any costs incurred.  We are working on plan B as we speak but would like to have a plan C if necessary.  Thank you and God bless.  BTW explored Amazon and Fed EX overnight and they are not running deliveries in the area now.  Any weather updates from on the ground would help also.

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My kids in Hou & Nacogdoches have been without power since Monday with no end in sight.

Now How has issued boil water notice because mains are loosing pressure, how do you boil water with no power ?

Here at Rainbow End everything is holding together for now, but that could change in a flash ️.

where's FEMA ?

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6 hours ago, dewilso said:

My kids in Hou & Nacogdoches have been without power since Monday with no end in sight. Now How has issued boil water notice because mains are loosing pressure, how do you boil water with no power ?

Here at Rainbow End everything is holding together for now, but that could change in a flash️

where's FEMA ?

Setting up welcome centers at the border....

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Update:  Plan B worked.  His girlfriend’s parents (she also attends A&M) made it from Houston in a four wheel drive loaded with food and water.  They have electricity at the University (when I attended in the 70’s they had their own natural gas power station, don’t know about now), so they are warm.  He did receive notice of multiple water line breaks so may lose water for couple of days.  This University has 64,000 students and was woefully unprepared.  Think I would have made a trip out to the Veterinary Medicine School and taken a look at some of their prize steers.  BBQ is always good on a frigid day.

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45 minutes ago, SuiteSuccess said:

This University has 64,000 students and was woefully unprepared. 

Not just the University. The entire state of Texas has been woefully unprepared from local to state levels. Depending on area it has been no electricity, no water, no gas or some combination of the three. 

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10 minutes ago, Chalkie said:

Not just the University. The entire state of Texas has been woefully unprepared from local to state levels. Depending on area it has been no electricity, no water, no gas or some combination of the three. 

Seems like the nation has been chasing it’s tail a lot lately.  Has been a real wake up call for me.  I have enough Costco TP to last till mid century.

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19 minutes ago, GeorgiaHybrid said:

Not saying you're full of it but your stash might not last as long as you think😁😁😁😁😁😎😎😎

David,

I have a lot of second hand recycled in trash bags, like Sondra suggested, I can send ya if you need some!  Oh, I forget you live in Georgia only third hand, right?

p.s. This thread really degraded quickly.🙄

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Carl, Glad to hear plan B worked out. The report from the ground is:  Falfurrias and Kingsville have none of the basics such as milk, bread, and water.  Very few places fill propane.  Word on the street here is no propane within 100 miles any direction.  
The Walmart appeared to have been closed until today, shelves were not stocked and bare. H-E-B was better by a little.

There were days of no power or heat.  (Most all residential homes are electric only). This affected the water pressure. Locally our city pumps are down.  Trucks either can’t get loaded or unloaded, icy roads made it worse.  Fuel and gasoline supplies appear to be holding out near busy highways, the internet says the supply is not consistent everywhere. 

Temps are forecast to 30 something Fahrenheit tonight and tomorrow, warming Saturday to 50 ish, 40 ish at night.  Rough numbers from this morning.  We are south of College Station so might be colder with more rain for them?
If I was a college dorm resident I would try to acquire some canned food and maybe find a cold place outside my window to store a few items.  Dry food like rice and noodles need water and electricity.  Transportation is probably very difficult for them right now.
Hope this is helpful.

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I dont expect a kid living in a dorm to be much prepared. Its up to the school to take care of the kids. Sounds like they failed miserably. What gets me is how unprepared the general population is. I have a cousin down there. Always showing off her huge house and pool and all their stuff. Well she dont have any food in it. No water. No generator. Now she crying and complaining all over Facebook how bad it is. I mean her husband did a 20 year stint in the Air Force. He should have known better.

I do feel for the people that have oxygen and whatever else that needs power. Their lives depend on it.  However if my life depended on a little machine plugged into the wall I would darn sure have a back up plan.

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Thanks Kevin.  As I said they are pretty well set for awhile after the supply from Houston.  They have heat and electricity in the dorm and water, so looks good for now.  Hopefully stores will restock and he and his quad mates can stock up.  He did say they had 30 boxes of Raman noodles, Vienna sausages, crackers, and granola bars.  Shoot that’s gourmet dorm food.  When I was there in the 70’s we would have eaten tree bark, grass, and dirt and WE WOULD HAVE LOVED IT.  Kids are just soft now, lol.

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2 hours ago, jenandjon said:

I dont expect a kid living in a dorm to be much prepared. Its up to the school to take care of the kids. Sounds like they failed miserably. What gets me is how unprepared the general population is. I have a cousin down there. Always showing off her huge house and pool and all their stuff. Well she dont have any food in it. No water. No generator. Now she crying and complaining all over Facebook how bad it is. I mean her husband did a 20 year stint in the Air Force. He should have known better.

I do feel for the people that have oxygen and whatever else that needs power. Their lives depend on it.  However if my life depended on a little machine plugged into the wall I would darn sure have a back up plan.

Agree.  64,000 fledglings just thrown out of the home nest is unlikely to have the mindset to prepare for a future catastrophic event.  That’s a mid size town.  Maybe some lessons will be learned.  My bet is they will just raise tuition 10% to have a “catastrophe “ plan and fund that will exist on paper only and not get implemented.

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When I was in school (you know, when they used coal oil lanterns for lights) all of us had a good stash of snacks in our rooms and a good percentage of us had cans of sterno or a mini camp stove in our backpack to cook with. We didn't use them for books back then, we were hiking and fishing on the weekends and always kept a pack ready for those short notice trips.

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