KFW’s partner George Weron offers insight from the civil engineer’s mind regarding South Texas’s historic week-long snow storm.
Arctic air and record-breaking temperatures brought South Texas unfamiliar experiences with the measurable snow during the week of February 15th, 2021. Overnight, San Antonio turned into “Snow” Antonio, with a historic amount of snowfall and ice. While experiencing extreme weather conditions, many Texans were taught the value of preparation.
In a state with the reputation of having unusually high temperatures, it in inevitable that a monumental snowstorm such as this, would catch many Texans off guard. From hazardous roads, to bursting water pipes, and power outages, Texas as a whole struggled to survive while in the record cold weather.
As families, communities, and businesses pulled together, companies such as KFW have chosen to use these setbacks as a learning experience; now being more mindful in preparation for future storms.
KFW’s Managing Partner, George Weron, stayed encouraging during this testing time, and says, “We were physically and mentally inconvenienced by the snow…”, but “… next time this happens we’ll be a lot more prepared. Mentally, San Antonio is more prepared for the stress of not knowing how to deal with extreme weather”.
To help alleviate the stress, KFW offered its partnership with Deer Oaks, to provide accessible counseling and guidance for KFW Employees, along with a 2 day pay compensation. George Weron represents the compassionate leadership here at KFW saying, that during this storm “I (Weron) was just thinking survival, but afterwards it turned into how can we (KFW) help our community and our team”.
Going forward, Weron expects that the construction and engineering field will have little affect from the recent climate changes and although “construction standards may or may not change, people will definitely be more mindful especially when looking into residential developments”.
Despite the challenges introduced by this snowstorm, and lack of preparation, Texas communities used this experience as a learning tool, a way to ban together in the face of state-wide adversity, while creating unforgettable moments with family.