Office of the Chief Operating Officer: Preparing for weekend power outage and impending cold weather

Dear UT Health San Antonio faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows:

According to the National Weather Service , a cold front is approaching the San Antonio area and is expected to bring below-freezing temperatures to the region Sunday, Jan. 14 through Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Our Facilities Management and Environmental Health and Safety teams are proactively preparing the campus’ buildings and systems for the inclement weather by implementing winter weather protocols to help ensure continued and uninterrupted campus operations.

Reporting facilities-related issues
While on campus, those encountering facilities-related issues such as frozen pipes, leaks or other issues please contact the Facilities Management control room at (210) 567-2947.

Planned power outage and impact to remote work
Following the planned CPS power outage the evening of Friday, Jan. 12 for the Long Campus buildings, please be aware that if you work remotely, VPN will remain active and available. To use the Remote Desktop feature, you will need to manually turn your desktop computer on after power is restored.

We are planning to engage in business as usual at UT Health San Antonio. No change in operations is expected. If there are unforeseen changes that occur, you may find that information through the following communication channels:

  • An email sent to your work email address.
  • A notification through HSC Alert, the university’s emergency communications tool that sends emails to all and (student) email addresses. Text messages will also be sent to mobile phones for those who have registered to receive them. To register or update your mobile phone and carrier, sign into To learn more about HSC Alert, click here.
  • Banner notification on the university’s website.
  • UT Health San Antonio’s social media channels.

Additional weather preparedness tips

For additional winter weather preparedness tips, please see the following links:

This is a good time to review your departmental emergency plans and ensure you are prepared as possible for inclement weather. Please travel safely every day and especially when weather-related travel conditions are not ideal.


Andrea Marks
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


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