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Texas Water Crises: An Update (March 2021)

A month ago Texas temperatures started their long slide towards historic lows. The isolated and deregulated power grid and fossil fuel based energy production strategy that Texans rely on failed. Water were stressed by breaks in municipal lines, treatment facilities which lost power and increased demand from dripping faucets and broken household plumbing. The water stopped flowing. As we approach mid March, and trudge into year two of COVID precautions, thousands of residents in Houston haven’t seen their water come back. Every known strain of COVID-19 is present in Houston and thousands of households in the most vulnerable communities cannot wash their hands, bathe their children or clean their dishes. Indigenous communities remind us that “Water is Life” and piped water into our homes is an emblem of inclusion in our society. The failure to maintain water service and the lackluster effort to fix the pipes speaks volumes. Remember: this was all preventable.

Community leaders have taught us that the idea of recovery is a misrepresentation that positions disasters as ruptures when in reality they are inflections in long histories of racism, environmental crimes, government neglect, corporate disinvestment and communities doing their best to get by.

Warm The Block network enables and empowers volunteers to organize, prepare, mobilize, and respond quickly in the event of disaster, great or small. 

During the Texas Winter Storm Warm The Block was able to provide: Emergency Transportation Assistance: Mobilizing 4×4/Off-Road vehicles to transport emergency workers, goods and supplies to more critical sites, provide hotel rooms for over 200 families for 2- 10 days while repairs and modifications was made at no cost to low-income seniors, U.S. Military Veterans, homeowners with disabilities, and working families impacted by the storm.

Since then, we have been fostering relationships and working with a handful of local government officials behind the scenes, identifying some of the most vulnerable and least supported communities in the US when it comes to crisis.

Need is so different between communities and people groups.

Our goal is simple: to empower local organizations focused on sustainable efforts in ways that maximize philanthropic efforts that won’t have to be redone, undone, or duplicated.