On Saturday I started a dedicated page in our website to facilitate accurate reporting of information about the west side fire. My goal was to provide a resource to homeowners that contained information from trusted sources, namely our company agents and a few others who I knew would provide reliable, accurate details. Never did I dream by the end of the day that our precious community would be surrounded by fire.
Since then, this simple page has grown to include reports from other people, locals and weekenders alike, all wanting to be helpful and provide details for their neighbors. I've tried to be careful to post factual information only. And our page has had more than 30,000 page views in the first 36 hours. Unbelievable.
I think we have a long road ahead of us, unfortunately. With high temperatures, wind and no rain in the immediate forecast, I suspect the next few days will not bring much relief. Hopefully our brave and hardworking firefighters will continue to gain ground on this horrific beast of a fire.
In the meantime, please continue to send your personal stories and eyewitness accounts to me by posting comments to this blog or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your name and details of the information you are providing so we can report with accuracy. We will include as much legitimate, verifiable information as we can in an effort to share with as many people as possible.
If you have a question about a property or area, please post a comment to this Blog and we'll see if we can help. We have limited resources on the ground at the lake since many of us have been evacuated. I will be working out of a hotel room in Mineral Wells until I can return to my home in Gaines Bend.
Before you post a question, please first read through our page of time-stamped, continuous reports to see if your concern is addressed there. Saves us all a lot of time.
Beginning Monday (4/18/11), we will share the pictures we have been receiving on a dedicated photos page. If you have any pictures you would like to share, please send via email to email@example.com. Be sure to include information about where the picture was taken and what area it is depicting along with the date and approximate time if available. Also include your name so we can give you proper credit (example: picture of Hog Bend taken from Sandy Beach on 2/17/11 at 4:30 pm taken by John Doe).
We owe a debt of gratitude to the firefighters who are trying to save our community. Their heroic efforts have already prevented a much worse outcome. Be safe.
- Jackie Fewell, Partner | Marketing & Technology
1706 Park Road 36
Possum Kingdom Lake
Graford, TX 76449