Our country is quickly changing. I posted and shared something on my Facebook page yesterday and said when/if this pops up in my "memories" a year from now, I sincerely wonder what we will still be able to say and do a year from now.
We did our research and have purchased 2 "satellite messenger phones". One for us and one for dd/sil. If there is ever a time when cell service and internet are down, we should still be able to communicate with these via satellite. They are not phones you can talk into, they are just like texting. At first I was finding them for $249 at all stores that carry them. And those of you who read here regularly know I price shop! This morning I just found them from a pilot supply store on sale for $199, so I saved $100 total. That savings almost pay for the first year of service for one messenger device.
DH has been talking quite a bit with our neighbor, who shares the same concerns, so I emailed him the link to them last night and emailed a bit with him about them. The basic monthly service plan is $12 a month. Like Mr. neighbor said - a very reasonable price to pay for some piece of mind! We agree.
I just ordered 2 of them. One to ship to us and one to ship directly to dd. I have a feeling neighbors will also be getting these. Their 3 children all live out of state, too....though it sounds like the son and his family (the one who always leaves their dogs every summer) are planning to move back home here to raise their 4 boys.
And dd said they will also appreciate having the satellite messenger as they like to go camping and hiking and sometimes are out of cell phone range, so this would be nice to have in case of an emergency (they have a GPS/SOS function).
I'm praying for our country. We are first all Americans before we are a political party and everyone seems to have forgotten that.