This afternoon in the US, there will be a test alert of the emergency services, which will be transmitted via radio, TV and phones. It's particularly important to know this if anyone is, or knows anyone, who needs to keep a secret cellphone because of living in a dangerous situation.
This isn't melodramatic, it's a fact for some women. It means that before 2.20 pm EST, the phone needs to be switched off and left off for at least half an hour, so the loud alert (plus vibrate plus text) doesn't betray its presence. If there's widespread weather interference to the signal, it will be postponed to October 11.
While we're talking precautions, here's a handy chart of US numbers you or a friend might sometime need, to save for reference
On to cheerier, and less US-centric subjects, yesterday's Textiles and Tea featured Barbara J. Walker, (not the knitter Barbara G. Walker) a weaver and braider who does exquisite work, making her own cords, braiding them, with all kinds of ply-splitting and splicing techniques, which she demonstrated in response to questions.
You see her wearing a necklace she created. She uses silk and linen in weaving, but any fiber that gives the color she wants when she makes cord.