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Now that we’ve thawed out a bit and temperatures have been warmer and closer to average, maybe we can return to some normalcy. However, around this time last week countless individuals and families had taken in the exquisite views of measurable snow in San Antonio, a rare scene for locals since 1985 and a very first for others. There were plenty of snowball fights, constructed snowmen and snowwomen that stood out in front of yards along with a great deal of makeshift snow-surfing festivities that took place; all were a nice little mental and physical break from the harsh realities of our “new norms” in the age of Covid-19. Unfortunately, little did San Antonians and Texans know that this excitement was just a little “calm before the storm,” and like the remnants of Covid-19, we’ll be paying the price for the pleasure.

Things quickly took a turn for the worse by the evening of February 14, 2021. With record breaking temperatures in the forecast and potential snowfall, many rushed out to local grocery stores in an effort to shop for essential food and water in the event roads and stores would be closed. Shoppers arrived at stores having to wait in long lines only to discover semi-bare shelves and slim pickings of items to purchase because many heeded protocols and prepared home-cooked meals and celebrated their first socially distanced Valentine’s Day at home with loved ones. Adding insult to injury, thousands of San Antonians began experiencing the bitterness of frigid nights and temperatures that led to incredible snowfall amounts. Then what started as rolling electricity blackouts (typical in summer months in Texas) to protect and conserve the entire Texas power grid abruptly became a little more permanent for millions of residents across the city and the state. And as if sitting in the dark for hours and then days was not enough, it immediately became clear that loss of electricity would cause a hurdling domino effect of catastrophic events. CPS Energy, San Antonio’s municipal electric utility company shutting off of electricity started to trouble the city’s water supply because pumps that assist with water pressure and flow were disabled causing businesses and residents to experience low water pressure, and in far too many cases residents experienced having no water at all.

The historic 2021 winter storm nicknamed “SnowVid” really made its presence known. Major roads and highways closed, school districts canceled classes for the week, Covid-19 vaccinations were brought to a halt, basic essentials like food and water were scarce, and people were basically trapped in their homes ingesting a great amount of uncertainty. And now that power and water have been restored, pocketbooks and bank accounts will take another hit as business owners and citizens repair busted pipes, service vehicles, replenish food pantries, and most likely bear the burden of higher utility bills, etc. in an already bleak future.

According to reports ERCOT (The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.) which operates Texas’s electrical grid and supplies power to more than 25 million Texas customers and represents 90% of the state’s electric load) says Texas was 4 minutes and 37 seconds from total blackout that could have lasted months. Undoubtedly, this storm will never be forgotten; the good, the bad and the ugly.  Kudos to all the essential workers who endured the storm to in an effort to keep us all safe, functional and informed.

Several resources are currently available to assist with recovery

The City of San Antonio, Bexar County and San Antonio Food Bank opened a total of 13 bottled water distribution sites that will remain open for two weeks. Residents will be able to pick up one case of bottled water per day per household. The sites will remain open through March 6.

Bottled Water Distribution Sites

  1. Wheatley Heights Sports Complex – 200 Noblewood Dr.
  2. Brooks – Challenger Dr. @ Research Place
  3. Texas A&M University – San Antonio – Main Campus – One University Way
  4. Port San Antonio – 907 Billy Mitchell Blvd
  5. SeaWorld San Antonio/Aquatica – 10500 Sea World Drive
  6. Six Flags Fiesta Texas – 17000 IH 10 West
  7. Food Bank – 5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy  
  8. Our Lady of the Lake University — 411 SW 24th St
  9. Community Bible Church – 2477 N Loop 1604 E
  10. Heroes Stadium – 4799 Thousand Oaks Dr.
  11. Rolling Oaks Mall — 6909 N Loop 1604 E
  12. Bullis County Park – 27583 Old Blanco Rd
  13. Julius Matthey Middle School – 20350 Red Forest Ln

The locations were selected to be within the closest proximity to areas that are still facing water outages. 

The City will also provide bottled water delivery to homebound seniors, San Antonio Housing Authority properties without water, nursing homes, boarding homes, some dialysis facilities and residents with medical needs. These locations have been identified and coordinated with partner agencies. Delivery availability is limited but can be requested by calling 311.  

The sites will abide by COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. 

For more information or to receive the latest weather information from the city of San Antonio and Bexar County.

  1. Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
  2. Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
  3. Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  4. Bookmark www.sanantonio.gov
  5. Follow other partner agencies on social media:
    1. SAPD: https://twitter.com/SATXPolice
    2. SAFD: https://twitter.com/SATXFire
    3. Bexar County:  https://www.facebook.com/BexarCountyTX
    4. TxDOT San Antonio: https://twitter.com/TxDOTSanAntonio
    5. CPS Energy: https://twitter.com/cpsenergy
    6. SAWS: https://twitter.com/MySAWS
    7. VIA Metropolitan Transit: https://twitter.com/VIA_Transit
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Applications open for positions on the Small Business Advisory Commission

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Applications are open for the Small Business Advisory Commission and can be found online using the City’s web-based application for boards and commissions at: https://webapp9.sanantonio.gov/BoardCommApplication/vacanciesApply by April 21 for priority review­­­­­­­­­­­­­.  


The mission of the Small Business Advisory Commission is to review upcoming policies, regulations and issues affecting small businesses, outside of the SBEDA Ordinance, and provide recommendations to City staff, Mayor and City Council.

The newly established Small Business Advisory Commission will consist of 15-members, of which 11 positions will be Mayor and Council District specific appointments and four positions appointed at-large. The 15-Member Commission will consist of at least one small business member/organization residing and/or operating within each of the ten (10) Council Districts; and a diverse representation of the small business and non-profit community who demonstrate the following desired technical expertise, identities, and perspectives:

  • 2 small business professional and/or trade organizations
  • 2 non-profit small business service provider organizations
  • 4 small business owners with less than 10 employees
  • 4 small business owners with 10-50 employees
  • 3 small business owners representing the City’s targeted industries

To learn more about the Small Business Advisory Commission, visit the City of San Antonio’s website. For more information about the open positions, contact Melinda L. Uriegas, Assistant City Clerk, at (210) 207-7255 or (210) 207-7254. 

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30,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments

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The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District continues to work with state and local partners to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to critical populations, within the phases designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

30,000 first dose Pfizer vaccine appointments will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 25th at 7 p.m. on the Metro Health COVID-19 vaccine registration website. Appointments available will be from April 6th to May 1st.

The 311 Customer Service COVID Hotline is allocated appointments to ensure residents without internet access can book their appointments by phone. The Hotline operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Immunizations with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is a critical component of the strategy to reduce COVID-19-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths and to help restore community and societal functioning. The goal is to have enough COVID-19 vaccine for all people who wish to be vaccinated. However, currently there continues to be limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. 
 

Individuals who decide to opt-in to the City of San Antonio’s text alert system, can text VACCINE to 55000 or in Spanish VACUNA to 55000. By signing up they will receive a text notifying them of locations that have appointments available. Opting to this text alert system will not sign you up for a vaccine or add you on a wait list. This is an additional method to inform the community when new appointments are available. At this time notifications will be for the Alamodome, Wonderland of the Americas operated by University Health, UT Health San Antonio, and WellMed.

 For more information, please visit covid19.sanantonio.gov   

FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS

  1. Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
  2. Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
  3. Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  4. Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov
  5. Text Vaccine to 55000

Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available here.

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Spurs Sports & Entertainment Hiring and Scholarship Opportunities

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SS&E is hiring for a range of opportunities:

  • Digital Engagement, Groundkeepers, Food Truck Operators, Camp Coaches, Box Office and more
  • If you or someone you know is interested, please apply here: https://www.nba.com/spurs/our-jobs

Spurs Give is excited to announce that the Angelo Drossos Memorial Scholarship is now open!

  • The scholarship recipient will receive $3,000 to pursue their education.
  • Students may apply by April 23, 2021 using this link Drossos Schlolarship

Spurs Sports Academy:

  • In-person summer camps for children with available dates June–August
  • Camps open to children ages 6-18 and include skills training camp, Coyote camp, Spurs player camp and overnight camp.
  • Registration by April 2 includes a $50 discount Spurs.com/SummerCamps
  • Participants receive a Spurs camp jersey and a Spurs camp memory photo
  • Health and Safety protocols can be found here Spurs.com/CampSafety

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