Itzl AlertingAs you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!

If you'd like to be part of the Itzl Alert Network, please leave a comment asking to join, or send us a message asking to join. We'd love to have you. The bigger our network, the less likely someone will be stranded all alone.

On this date in 1778 South Carolina became the 2nd state to ratify the Articles of Confederation. The Panama Canal Treaty was signed on this date in 1900.  In 1972, Bob Douglas is the first African American to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1997, the Big Three Banks in Switzerland funded a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.

And a shout out to Weatherdude - today is National Weatherperson's Day! Meteorologists and strm spotters deserve our thanks from reducing deaths due to storms.  Without their measurements and observations, so many more people would die from tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and floods.

I made tornado shaped cookies and brought them to the National Weather Service down in Norman yesterday because I won't have time to today.

How will you celebrate National Weatherperson's Day?

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