San Antonio’s Report on the February 2021 Winter Storm

Winter Storm Uri hit Texas in February 2021 with devastating effects, leaving millions of residents across the state to deal with the severe cold without power, heat, or water for several days. In San Antonio, a Committee on Emergency Preparedness was established to investigate and report on how the storm’s impacts on the city were so catastrophic. Their report, which can be accessed here, specifically examines:

  1. What caused the problems that resulted in interruptions to utility services, leading to severe community impacts under dangerous winter weather conditions.
  2. Why were the communications to the community during the winter weather event so ineffective and inefficient.
  3. What City and Utility leadership can do to better prepare and respond to future significant emergency events with changing conditions and cascading impacts.

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