I have been watching the news since Snowmageddon started on Tuesday. I knew the minute people started getting stuck on the highways that there was going to be a lot of finger pointing where, really, people should be starting to look into things like roof replacement services in their area, should theirs suffer damage as a result of the storm and need some attending to.
These have indeed been tough times, not just in terms of the difficulties faced by people stuck on the highways, but also for property and shop owners witnessing structural damages to their area of residence or commerce, respectively. However, damage to buildings can be dealt with, with the help of residential or commercial roof repair experts and other concerned professionals. But the loss of lives and people suffering stranded on the highways cannot be reversed.
That said, it was sad to see that everyone was looking to take the blame off themselves. There would be tons of excuses as to why what occurred happened. I thought it was extremely interesting to watch. Then they would take some blame but not all of it.
Governor Nathan Deal took a lot of flack but I think who really got the brunt of the blame was the Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed. Pictures were shown and he got the questions about why this and why that. Governor deal got the same but in my personal opinion I think the reporters went harder on deal. Mayor Reed is the Mayor of one city and that’s Atlanta. He is not the mayor of all of Georgia. I’m going to admit to not being a big fan of his but I found it interesting that no other mayors in the surrounding cities were being grilled as hard as he was.
I think the major reason things turned out the way they did is that no one communicated with each other. There was absolutely no plan agreed upon through out the state of Georgia that told anyone how to react if a storm of this magnitude hit. People in Georgia’s government big time. All that was really needed was communication and a plan. Then to find out that the person running GEMA didn’t even form the governor about the shift in the storm until 9 in the morning. Major fail! This is exactly what I mean about communication. Why would you be asleep when you know that a storm is coming? Shouldn’t you be alerting the higher ups so they can figure out how to protect people. Then to find out this same person had a hand in how the 2011 snowstorm was handled as well.
I think everyone who was suppose to be instrumental in protecting Atlanta failed. A plan should have been put into action the minute they heard the storm was coming through. I honestly think that instead of pointing fingers that the powers that be need to figure out what went wrong and try to fix it so that there won’t be another storm like this. Why not begin to share with us what steps will be taken to prevent this from happening again.