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LawnStarter Survey Reveals Texans Unprepared for Winter

The power and water are back on across Texas, but residents and businesses across the Lone Star State are realizing just how horribly ill-prepared they were for extreme winter weather.

Gloucestercitynews.net files

But just how prepared were Texans before the major winter storm burst pipes, left store shelves empty, and had us lining up to get water from park spigots?

LawnStarter, based in Austin, surveyed more than 200 Texans Feb. 24-25 and learned we don't know who ultimately keeps the lights on in the state, don’t know how to drive on snow and ice, and lack the basic tools for survival when the power goes out and pipes could freeze.


Key Findings:

  • ERCOT was virtually unknown before last week. Who knew that ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) was the real power keeping the lights on? Not a good sign in the wake of the near-collapse of the power grid: ERCOT’s website isn’t even secure.

  • We don’t know how to drive on snow and ice. Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes our ignorance when it comes to how to get around in a major winter storm. What should you do when you are skidding on ice? Barely half know the correct answer.

  • We lack the basic tools to deal with a once-in-a-blue-moon snow or ice storm. Snow shovels? Who needs one of those? Batteries and generators? Why would we need those? Boy Scouts are prepared, many Texas residents aren’t.

  • We don’t even know our way around our homes. We scrambled to find the valve to shut off the water to stave off burst pipes. Some of us didn’t let our faucets run 24/7, leading to water damage. That’s a classic example of penny wise, pound foolish.

Our full ranking and analysis can be found here: https://www.lawnstarter.com/blog/studies/texas-winter-storm