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A WORD FROM THE MAYOR
I don’t know how many of you were Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. I wasn’t, but my father was raised in the Depression Era on a farm and learned how to make do with what was at hand. He taught us how to do the same, to ‘make do’ and always be prepared, essentially, the Boy Scout Motto.
Realizing that sometimes in life, things don’t go as planned, we need to be prepared. The Pearsall City Council recently met to develop pillars or objectives we’d like to establish as our road map for moving the city forward.
If you’re like me, Snow-vid 2021 was an eye opener. It exposed how vulnerable we really are, regardless of the event that causes the problem(s), a few days without power and things can start to get a little uncomfortable. What we experienced in February with the cold and power outage showed us a lot. What did you learn? What steps have you taken to ensure your house is in order should something like that happen again?
As citizens of a free society we have a certain amount of accountability to ensure we can take care of our own. You protect your car, your house, your health, your life with insurance don’t you? Why would you not take a few steps now to ensure you’d be ok or better off if things got uncomfortable like back in February?
The time to plan is not when you are in the middle of a crisis, but before one strikes. There is a story in the Bible of a young man who could interpret dreams and the ‘King’ at that time had a troubling dream that foretold of very hard times to come. The end result is the interpreter (Joseph) led the ‘Kingdom’ in the seven years of plenty, to store up for the seven years of hardship.
Not to panic, but now is the time, when stores are well stocked to get and keep a couple extra cases of water, things you can eat without power that will keep without refrigeration.
Have a supply of things you would need to get by for a week or so, if possible. And heaven forbid, don’t forget to get some extra TP. Try to keep your vehicles full of gas and keep your extra gas cans full. Even someone on the most modest of budgets can make a few preparations now that could prove very valuable. A few items now, a little later as time and budget allow, but start today.
Men of Pearsall: Look out for your neighbors, those less fortunate; let no one fall through the cracks. It’s who we are.
God Bless the City of Pearsall, the County of Frio, the State of Texas, the United States of America and You.
Ben T. Briscoe
Mayor of Pearsall