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File #: 21-3533   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 5/6/2021
Posting Language: Status update briefing from the Committee on Emergency Preparedness. [Chair Reed Williams, Committee on Emergency Preparedness; Ben Gorzell Jr., Chief Financial Officer]
Related files: 21-4503
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DEPARTMENT: City Manager’s Office

 

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Ben Gorzell Jr.

 

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED:  Citywide

 

SUBJECT:

Status update briefing from the Committee on Emergency Preparedness

 

SUMMARY:

The Chair of the Committee on Emergency Preparedness will provide a status update briefing.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

From February 14, 2021 to February 19, 2021, the continental United States experienced a severe winter storm resulting from the southern migration of a polar vortex that meteorologists characterize as the most significant in terms of scope and duration since the monitoring of these weather phenomenon began in the 1950s.  With this storm referred to as Winter Storm URI, San Antonio experienced three consecutive days of record low temperatures and record low daily high temperatures and wind chills. 

This week of severe winter weather had significant impacts on the San Antonio community and our residents.  These unprecedented winter event had cascading impacts during its duration including electricity outages, water outages, and transportation to include air, public, and vehicular. 

The impacts of this event caused frustration, questions, calls for accountability from our residents along with concerns about the City’s resilience and preparedness.  On February 22nd, the Mayor created the Select Committee on 2021 Winter Storm Preparedness and Response now known as the “Committee on Emergency Preparedness”.  The Mayor tasked the Committee with studying the event to determine what happened and to provide recommendations on what needs to be done to better prepare for future winter weather emergency events.  In this regard, the study is focused on CPS Energy, the San Antonio Water System, and the City’s Emergency Operations Center.   The following individuals serve on the Committee:

 

                     Chair, Reed Williams, former City Councilmember District 8

                     Vice Chair, General Edward A. Rice Jr., USAF (RET)

                     Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, City Council District 4

                     Ana Sandoval, City Council District 7

                     Manny Pelaez, City Council District 8

                     Clayton Perry, City Council District 10

                     Lisa Tatum, former assistant criminal district attorney and president of the Texas Bar Association

The Committee held its first meeting on March 5, 2021 and has had seven subsequent meetings. In these meetings, the Committee developed Requests for Information (RFI) taking into consideration public feedback regarding public entity performance and preparation in the “before, during, and after” phases of Winter Storm Uri. These RFIs were submitted to CPS Energy, SAWS, and the City of San Antonio for response.

These lists of RFIs and the accompanying responses can be found on the committee’s website: <https://www.sanantonio.gov/Emergency-Preparedness-Committee>. Members of the public will also find recordings of previous meetings and ways to submit input to the committee on the website.

 

ISSUE:

This item is for briefing purposes only. 

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

This item is for briefing purposes only.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

This item is for briefing purposes only.