Texas Failed During Epic Snowstorm
Last week's winter weather event showed Texas with its pants down, shiny butt out for the entire world to see.
What we had during this epic winter event was a failure in any kind of planning at all. There was no long-term planning, no intermediate planning, no short-term planning. There wasn't even a plan while things were happening.
I'm not saying it's right, but I can understand, just a bit, the lack of long-term planning. This kind of thing has happened before, but it's so infrequent that it's hard to remember to upgrade things. It's one of those 'can't fix the roof while it's raining, and why pay to have the roof fixed when it's not raining' kind of things. I wanted to start by being a little nice and understanding.
So how about that intermediate planning? When we were a week out and we knew it was coming, why didn't the government prepare Texas and Texans for what we were about to be hit with? Sure, you want to be independent and all, but it's not like you can't get briefings from the National Weather Service or national disaster groups.
As for short-term, why were National Guard troops not set up in advance with warming centers, generators, meal-tents, and blankets? Why didn't Texas at least have the option to call in snow trucks and salt from other places? Once again, why didn't the state tell us to fill bathtubs and chop firewood? The government should at least let you know what's up even if they can't help you directly with it.
Lastly, long-term or short-term, why didn't Texas have a better plan with the power grid? Ridiculous.
There's no point in which you can say, 'at least Texas did this right,' because the state didn't do anything. Saying 'there wasn't much they could have done' is idiotic, because if they did anything, we'd be in better shape today.
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