As this is being written, agencies all over the Tri-State area are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Isabel. Maryland and West Virginia's governors have already declared a state of emergency and the National Weather Service is saying that the storm could dump 9 inches of rain on the region.
Elsewhere in this edition, readers will find instructions on what to do if power goes out and if water in local streams begins to rise. Please read those and take sensible precautions.
But as citizens do so, we ask them to remember that for this storm and every other disaster, natural or otherwise, an army of local fire/rescue volunteers will be doing whatever they can to save lives and take care of any who are injured.
We remind readers of this because while folks routinely send letters of praise after volunteers respond to a car wreck or a house fire, many citizens and businesses do not respond to the annual appeals for funds.