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2014 winter storms: State of emergency

AJC WATCHDOG: WINTER STORM REPORT CARD

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HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Second ice storm gives Gov. Deal a 'do-over'

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LEADERSHIP REPORT CARD: Call it the great “do-over.” Just two weeks ago, Georgia was roundly ridiculed for allowing 2.6 inches of snow to throw the Atlanta metro area into gridlocked chaos. Leaders this past week were granted a rare second chance to do it right, the political equivalent of a mulligan.

A review by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of emergency efforts this time around found a more vigorous and better coordinated effort. Gov. Nathan Deal seized the helm early and stayed visible throughout. Transportation and emergency management officials made better use of technology. Schools shut their doors before a drop of precipitation had fallen.


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Leadership controversy

Charley English
TAMI CHAPPELL

Emails show more vigorous response by GEMA chief

A series of mishaps ahead of January's ice storm, put Georgia’s top emergency official on a hot seat that only seemed to be getting hotter. Since then, embarrassing emails have raised more questions about Charley English’s performance, and petitions calling for his head.

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New storm task force

Gov. Deal’s storm task force hashes out leadership

Gov. Deal’s storm task force hashes out leadership

Who’s in charge when metro Atlanta is in danger? That question, asked by many an exasperated resident in the wake of this year’s major storms, was debated by top state, local and business officials charged with making things better next time. They found no easy answer.

» READ IT: Snow plan  |  Streets top priority

PREVIOUS COVERAGE OF TASK FORCE:

        Businesses & schools impacted

        Ice shutdown costs businesses, hourly workers
        BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJ

        Ice shutdown costs businesses, hourly workers

        Back-to-back snow storms have metro Atlanta businesses scrambling to make up for lost revenue and hourly workers coping with slashed paychecks. Totaling the economic effect of a big weather event is always difficult, but anecdotes suggest a big price tag at least in the short run.

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