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Emergencies and Cell Service

On I-44 and in town, the Big Four: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobil have good voice connections and fair 4G connections outside. One you get outside of town into the rural areas, cell signals drop off rapidly to the south.
As with anywhere in the Ozarks, if you are on a hill or ridge, you will likely have some signal, but it often drops off in river valleys, or regular valleys, which some, even here, call “hollers”. Four bars is rare anywhere around here. If you cannot get a signal, stop moving and park on somewhere where you have the most sky you can find.

We have no idea what is going to happen from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Cell phones are radios, and reception depends on the atmosphere, which will be undergoing rapid changes. If you have an emergency, we have 911 service in St. Clair. Most viewing stations will have access to landlines, and those which don’t will have regular radios in addition to personal mobiles.

The nearest hospital is Mercy-Washington, in Washington, Missouri, a straight shot north on Hwy. 47. The hospital is on the banks of the Missouri River. The next nearest hospital is Missouri Baptist in Sullivan. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. We have ambulance service and EMTs on the Fire Department. They know the back roads to the hospital better than you do.

We do ask that not everyone try to upload megabytes of photos at 1:20=1:30 pm. Enjoy the day, and tell your friends about it in the evening. You will be glad you did.

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