Power and water outages hit many Texas jails and prisons. Inmates have feared for their safety and officers were kept at their job for days. bit.ly/3dvMlhC
Broken windows and holes in walls let frigid air into unheated cells.

Extra blankets were quickly taken away.

Food servings were meager.

Unflushable toilets overfilled in dorms stuffed with more than 60 men. bit.ly/3dvMlhC
You can read other reporting on this topic here via the @MarshallProj. bit.ly/2ZznYrd

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22 Feb
Thread: @fema has warned that scam artists tend to head to disaster areas to prey on people who have already endured hardships.

Here are some things for Texans to watch out for ⬇️
2/ According to @fema, people can pose as housing inspectors or building contractors, charge for free services, and make bogus donation pleas and fake offers of municipal or federal aid.

Read their list of tips for detecting scams here: fema.gov/news-release/2…
3/ Some of those tips include:

—Never pay in advance
—Do your research
—Get agreements in writing
—Verify insurance
—Don’t wire money or pay with reloadable debit cards or gift cards
—Report your concerns
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20 Feb
1/ Nearly half the state of Texas is facing water disruptions, ranging from having no running water at all to being forced to boil it.

Here’s what boiled and unboiled water can be used for: bit.ly/3pG5e3M
2/ Water needs to be boiled or come from bottles if used for:
• Brushing teeth
• Preparing and cooking food
• Feeding babies with formula
• Giving water to pets
3/ Unboiled water is safe for:
• Showering and bathing if it doesn’t go in the mouth
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For children, it may be safer to do a sponge bath with boiled water to ensure they don’t accidentally swallow untreated water. bit.ly/3pG5e3M
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As snow blanketed much of Texas on Sunday, an 11-year-old gleefully played outside. It was his first time seeing snow.

Less than 24 hours later, as temperatures plunged to near single digits and homes lost power, the boy died. bit.ly/3sbFHkF
Many Texans have died because of the winter storm. Just how many won’t be known for weeks or months. bit.ly/3sbFHkF
In Abilene, first responders found a 60-year-old man dead in his home on Wednesday.

His wife was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. She said they hadn’t had power in days. Fire department members said it felt as cold inside the home as outside. bit.ly/3sbFHkF
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Texas’ power grid was “seconds and minutes” away from a catastrophic failure that could have left Texans in the dark for months, officials with the entity that operates the grid said Thursday. bit.ly/37tzqch
2/ The decision grid operators made early Monday morning to begin what was intended to be rolling blackouts — but have lasted days for millions of Texans — occurred because operators were seeing warning signs that massive amounts of energy supply was dropping off the grid.
3/ As natural gas fired plants, utility scale wind power and coal plants tripped offline due to the extreme cold brought by the winter storm, the amount of power supplied to the grid to be distributed across the state fell rapidly.
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Thread: We're tracking COVID-19 vaccine doses administered each day in Texas, percent of Texans fully vaccinated and percent of Texans fully vaccinated by county.

Here is how to follow along + some crucial context about these numbers ⬇️ bit.ly/3fo6O6K Chart showing COVID-19 vaccine doses administered each day i
2/ As of Feb. 10, 3.7 million doses have been administered in Texas. Some things to keep in mind:

-Both vaccines available require two doses.
-Doses remain in short supply.
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Austin Police Chief Brian Manley is retiring, the city manager told city leadership in a memo Friday. bit.ly/3aXsWDn
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He was praised for his efforts to stop the serial Austin bombings in 2018. bit.ly/2ZaWhol
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