An Austin-Travis County research into the preparation, planning and response to the February 2021 winter storm and its impacts makes 132 ideas to guarantee the group Is biggest ready and greater served for The subsequent primary emergency.
The Winter Storm Uri After-Movement Reviews, an evaluation of Higher than 100 docs and plans, surveys and interviews with staff, are revealed right now, Nov. 4, as An factor of an effort to ready the Metropolis, County, and group for future impacts of the local climate disaster and fullly different potential hazards. This work builds on the strengths that have been noticed all by way of this worst-in-a-period event and makes ideas for enhancements to enhance group readyness.
View The city of Austin-Travis County After-Movement Reviews Right here.
Austin Power and Austin Water additionally carried out inner assessments of their infrastructure, opperiodtions and communications Through the event and are already implementing actions to put together for The approaching winter season.
View Austin Power’s report Right here.
View Austin Water’s report Right here.
The After-Movement Reviews notice that the winter storm struck Inside the midst of the COVID-19 public well being disaster and quickly turned an overlapping emergency with overwhelming and cascading group impacts on The scarcity of energy, water, transportation, communications, and livelihoods.
“Winter Storm Uri was horrible for hundreds Of people throughout Travis county, particularly People who suffered with out Electricity, water, gasoline, and/or meals,” sassist Travis County Decide Andy Brown. “I am so grateful for these throughout the group who sacrificed Tons To assist fullly differents. I Look forward to working with the county, cities, and group To rearrange for future storms and disasters.”
“Final winter, we have been examined like by no means earlier than. In a pure disaster of such An monumental scale, we noticed how important it was for our group to come collectively and assist Every fullly different – separate and Together with the actions of public entities,” sassist Austin Mayor Steve Adler. “Each County and Metropolis staff labored tirelessly Through the storm. Nonetheless, There are A lot of classes to study so, Finally, we greater acknowledge, assist and institutionalize the important and needed grassroots facet of our group’s emergency response.”
The storm left hundreds of hundreds of Texans with out energy As a Outcome of the electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) mandated Austin Power and fullly different utility suppliers reduce energy To sprime the energy grid from utterly collapsing. Austin Power’s actions assisted forestall An complete ERCOT-broad grid failure Which might have triggered A great greater disaster, whereas making sure that essential load clients have been persistently currentd energy, enabling hospitals, police, hearth, essential communications, and fullly different life-sustaining infrastructure to proceed to carry out Through the disaster. Austin Power’s report analyzes the utility’s response to the winter storm, collectively with the actions Austin Power took To shield ratepayers from energy market worth surges.