Emergency Preparedness

TXOGA has compiled resources and links below to help facilitate industry emergency preparedness during extreme weather, COVID-19 and hurricanes that hinder or impede oil and natural gas operations.

Industry has every incentive to prioritize safety and storm preparedness through proactive planning and after-action assessments. Examples of preparedness measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Designate appropriate infrastructure as critical load serving natural gas-fired electric generation. The Application for Critical Load Serving Electric Generation and Cogeneration form is revised as of March 16, 2021
  • Evaluate and respond to meteorological reports and projections
  • Early external communications with workforce, customers and regulatory agencies
  • Weatherization planning and implementation
  • Deployment of prepositioned assets to assist in response to severe weather anticipation
  • Conserve energy at non-operational critical facilities and activities where able
  • Redirect natural gas where able to ensure supply and resiliency to meet Texas needs
  • Coordinate with your local Transmission and Distribution Utility (TDU) to provide grid support with onsite generation if available

To learn more about important ways to prepare for a storm, please consider the following resources:

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Report on Outages and Curtailments During the Southwest Cold Weather Event of February 1-5, 2011

Application for Critical Load Serving Natural Gas-Fired Electric Generation

  • The designation should be requested only for those premises that directly provide natural gas to electric generation, such as a natural gas compressor station, gas control center, or other pipeline transportation infrastructure. The form should be sent to your local utility. You can find the form and updates related to the form on the Gas Electric Working Group (GEWG) page on ERCOT’s website.
  • The GEWG serves as a forum for ERCOT, its stakeholders, and natural gas pipelines who serve natural gas-fired generation in the ERCOT region to engage in open dialog on issues pertaining to both electric generation and natural gas pipeline operations. The GEWG discusses topics such as natural gas pipeline maintenance impacts on electric generation potential, consideration of gas pipeline facility loads in TDSP load shed plans, and coordination of natural gas facilities pertaining to Black Start (including the ERCOT Black Start Gas Coordination Group).
  • Please periodically check for updates to this form at the ERCOT Gas Electric Working Group page at http://www.ercot.com/committee/gewg.

Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM)

Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC)

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

Local Providers

Road Conditions and Closures

  • To learn more about road conditions and closures visit Drive Texas.
  • Roadside Assistance: 800-525-5555. Texas has an 800 # for roadside assistance and has deployed 3,000 national guard to assist in stranded vehicles.


TXOGA has created a webpage for COVID-19 resources. Please utilize links for most up-to-date information and contact TXOGA at covid19status@txoga.org if you have any questions relating to the information provided.


TXOGA has created a webpage for hurricane industry preparedness and response. Our companies and employees are ready to keep Texas running when the storm strikes. Before the first hurricane of the season, we are preparing. The Texas oil and natural gas industry is a vital part of the collaborative effort to keep our citizens safe.