Today like many others I was watching the news. Then I saw what I had been waiting for. Governor Deal & Mayor Reed laid out their plans to prevent Snowmageddon from ever happening again.
Governor Deal’s plan is to form a severe weather task force filled with meterologists, school superintendents, and other state leaders this group is suppose to help come up with future long range plans for severe weather in the future and then another task force of department heads that are expected to report back to him within 2 weeks that will tell him what went wrong during this storm and what changes need to be made. He is expected to announce the members of the severe weather task force Monday. When asked what will be done if imminent weather comes sooner the governor’s office said that they would come up with a plan as quickly as possible. It’s great that they are going to introduce a severe weather task force as this will allow us to feel safer and more prepared for any conditions that we could be faced with.
That said, I think it’s probably a good idea to have a look for roofing contractors in your area, similar to Ace Roofing Company who will be able to repair any damage (if any) that your house could have. At least we’re taking a step forward with this task force though. Also, I am no expert, but I know for sure that the electrical panels and wiring of the house must be given a thorough check before the arrival of a storm, tornado, or any natural disaster, as a faulty electrical panel or wiring might later lead to a fire (due to power surge or other similar reasons). I might get in touch with professionals like SALT Light & Electric or similar others, who might be able to guide us in case there is any repair that we might need to do to our electric panels and wiring before the storm hits us.
Nevertheless, Mayor Reed’s plan is to form a task force as well to review the response to the storm and see where changes need to be made. He also plans to hire emergency management executives. Their job will be to ensure that the best practices are being used in future storms. The executives with also team up with The Weather Channel. The Mayor also said that he will be purchasing more equipment and materials and going over dismissal protocol for both government and private industry.
In my eyes everything sounds good but I don’t think I will believe anything until I see it. This is stuff that should have been taken care of 3 years ago. If I’m not mistaken they both said the same thing. I’m still wondering what the excuses were for the other city leaders in the surrounding cities. Why haven’t we heard from them? I guess the only thing we can take from this is that they do plan on doing something about it. Pray that Georgia’s leaders are putting their heads together and finding a solution to this huge problem. I still don’t think they have laid out clear solutions but I guess they will reveal more over time.
We’re starting to move in the right direction, and anyone will be able to see that this is a positive movement. But like I’ve said, I won’t believe it until I see it. Being able to prepare for a storm in plenty of time can help to prevent as much damage from happening in the first place, which should help greatly in the clear-up process. You don’t want to sit in the aftermath with several broken windows, wishing that you had arranged for Centennial window installation (if that is where you stay) beforehand. And that’s not to say that just because you are prepared, there won’t be any damage, because most of the time, there will be. We’ve already mentioned the roofs and windows, but just think about how much damage your gutters could have as well. With storms come wind, and the leaves will probably find refuge in your guttering system, damaging it. My friend even had to contact someone similar to this Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Rocklin company, to help her get rid of the waste that she found after a storm and said that it worked, and looked, better than it had before. So, if our task force team could find a way to protect our guttering, we could be on to a winner. But only time will tell.
What do you think? Do you believe their plan of action will work? If you could suggest anything to them what would your suggestion be? I personally think that maybe they can research how they handle such matters in other areas and apply them here in Georgia.
I’m in FL and wasn’t affected by all the snow, but from what I saw on the news, it seems that all the traffic congestion could have been avoided. I was thinking that they have to know an approximate # of people that use the highways and in hindsight, they will shut down the schools before the storm. (Like they do further north of you,) If a snow day is called for the schools, it also takes at least 1 parent off the road because they’d have to stay home with the kids. I just felt really bad for those kids that were stranded at schools and on those buses (along with so many others).
I’m sure most people around the Atlanta area don’t have snow tires because there’s no need. Likewise, it would not be wise to spend funds on snow plows. So, to me, it seems that there is not other way than to just shut down the city for a day or two. The only people that should have been on the roads were those that absolutely had to be at work.
But then, maybe I don’t have a clue. I just hope that next time they hear about a storm coming in that they handle it more efficiently.
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