The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Getting Ready

Washington is getting ready for the big storm.  The Metro is going to close down. Metro today announced major service changes and suspensions on Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess in advance of a potentially historic blizzard affecting the National Capital Region. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the Metro service area from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning, and the effects of the storm are expected to impact the region into early next week.
“This is not a storm that anyone should take lightly, and I would urge all residents to plan to get to a safe place before the storm arrives Friday afternoon,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “The actions we are taking today are all in the interest of our customers’ and employees’ safety, and will help us return to service once the storm passes and the snow is cleared.”
Our 93 year old neighbor asked if we would pick up some things for her from the store next to us.  The line to check out weaved through the whole store.  They had people directing the line so that people didn't bug in line.  I got in line and Elder Anthony went and did the shopping.  
On our way home from teaching in Alexandria today we past the Pontiac River it had ice and snow on.  

Crowds in Trader Joe's.

 This is our instructions from the mission.

We want to make you all aware of a snow storm that is to hit this weekend. We ask you all to make the necessary preparations today; food, water, Emergency Kits. Here is what we are expected to see with this storm:
THURSDAY NIGHT: If you have not prepared, do it now. Whether it is a trip to the grocery store or assembling an emergency kit, this is your last chance.
12 P.M. FRIDAYGet off the roads and plan to stay off the roads. You do not want to get stranded for hours like drivers did on Wednesday night with just 1 inch of snow. Be in Your Apartments at this time!
2 P.M. – 6 P.M. FRIDAYThis is when we expect light snow to begin. The specific time will vary by location, but the storm will move from the southwest to the northeast.
AFTER 6 P.M. FRIDAYBy this time, steady snow will be falling across the area.
4 A.M. – 12 P.M. SATURDAY: When you wake up on Saturday morning, the heaviest snow will be falling. There will be possible blizzard conditions, so it is very important that you stay off the roads. Travel may be impossible. Stay in your apartments.
AFTER 9 P.M. SATURDAYFinally, after more than a day of constant snowfall, it will begin to wind down. 
SUNDAYStay alert and have your phones charged. We will be sending call-outs periodically with updates. 


  1. Our prayers are with you and all the students and missionaries serving in the East Coast area. Love you.

  2. Wow! They are serious about this! I hope you guys weather the storm well!

  3. Sounds like hurricane prep here.