Wanted to share this, perhaps just to enlighten people. A nearby military base, with an off-base housing area (just across the 4-lane street) was doing some major electrical work yesterday, which required the power to be shut off to the housing area, that was supposed to last 8 hours. Of course, Mr. Murphy showed up, 8 hours turned into 12.....and they lost power again, today, to finish the work. Mind you, these people were given at least a week's notice that this was going to happen! While I can empathize with them (as doing this sort of work while we're still this close to summertime hot weather, in Texas) was just piss poor planning on someone's part, it's been pretty wild to hear the incredible WHINING going on from the residents! Mind you, since they "privatized" the base housing, it's not just military families living there any more, as they opened up that off-base housing to anyone......but these are NOT cheap houses to rent, so we're not talking your typical ghetto/section 8 residents, either! Here's the announcements made by the base public affairs officer, via their Facebook page (I have redacted some of the information, for privacy purposes, which will be in brackets [ ] ). In the first reply to this message (so it doesn't get too long), I'll post some of the replies that really struck me. ORIGINAL POST: Team--Just finding out that yesterday's scheduled 8-hour power outage in [affected housing area] is still ongoing. The word we are getting is that it is expected to last at least another 7-10 hours. That is as much as we know right now, but more information to follow... UPDATE: All [2nd & 3rd tier] leadership is being recalled to personally visit each home in [affected housing area] to assess needs and see how the base can assist. [Housing Contractor] is also providing free ice. Again, more information to follow so please stay tuned. UPDATE 2: Regarding financial loss (i.e. food) resulting from the outage, please keep track of your loss. Just spoke to the Judge Advocate, and since the work in that led to the outage was being performed by the government residents can file a claim through the Legal Office for any loss not covered by insurance. Be prepared to itemize on the claim form. UPDATE 3: Two items: 1. The Dining Facilities have been opened to all [affected housing area] residents (military and otherwise) -- for those not familiar you can get a great, full meal there for under $5 per person. Non-military residents please be prepared at the gate to show ID and evidence that you live in [affected housing area]. 2. The (military) and Family Readiness Center is on recall/standby to provide emergency financial assistance or access to the base food pantry for military members. Military families should work requests for emergency assistance through your first sergeant.