posted on Dec, 29 2012 @ 11:30 AM
Hmmm...my thoughts on this are as follows:
1. Your wife's friend should call 911 first, if she needed to call somebody. There's no way a friend, no matter how deep the friendship, can help
you from a long way away. If she was on the phone with your wife when the ruckus started, she should have immediately hung up and dialed 911. I
know, though...sometimes people panic and forget what to do. HOWEVER:
2. People should stop assuming that dialing 911 is going to save your life unless you are undergoing a medical emergency.
3. This is why I'm a firm believer in being armed at home. You can dial 911, leave the phone connected, and then fight for your life. You're more
likely to get a response that way.
4. We called the local police a few months ago to check on my aging mother-in-law (she's 87). It was late at night and she wasn't answering her
phone, so we got worried and called the local sheriff. It took them over an hour to get there, and this is a tiny town of only a few thousand people,
so it's not like they were busy. Turns out that she was sleeping with the TV blasting so loud that she couldn't hear the phone ringing, lol.
"Welfare checks" are low priority, apparently.
5. We assume, out here in the sticks, that we are absolutely on our own, no matter what. If some robbers came up our dirt road and tried to break
in, and we called 911, it would be 20 minutes at the absolute earliest, before we got help. In that amount of time, if we weren't armed, we would be
dead. We had a grass fire out here about a year ago in high winds, coming right for the house. A call to the fire department was practically
useless, as it took them 40 minutes to get out here, 13 miles from town. Local farmers got their guys out there to put out the fire by getting in
front of it with their trucks and spinning the wheels, causing dirt to fly on the fire and extinquish it. By the time the fire truck got out here,
the fire was totally under control.
Start thinking in terms of self-sufficiency, folks. Budget cuts in most areas means that you won't get help quickly. Make emergency plans and know
what to do in any situation!! 911 should be thought of as a back-up, not as a first response.