Historic winter storms strike Texas, leaving millions without power, water
We hope you've all been able to stay warm and safe as Texas continues to be impacted by the massive winter storms that hit the region over the past week. Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for the entire state, and made addressing the state's failed electric grid a legislative priority after millions were left without power and water. While the Texas Legislature suspended meetings this week, lawmakers have pledged to review ERCOT's lack of preparation.
The crisis compounded the state's struggles amid the COVID-19 pandemic as schools, nonessential government services and most businesses were shut down this week to help conserve energy and because icy roadways made travel treacherous. Many schools with power and water instead opened as warming shelters and worked to distribute meals to those in need.
With the worst weather behind us, we expect to resume normal operations at TCTA by Monday and our Virtual Convention will still take place Feb. 26-27. Most schools will reopen by Monday as well, and districts will likely request waivers
from the Texas Education Agency for the missed instruction days.
We hope you ride out the rest of #snovid safely until warmer weather returns.