Bad weather do over for Deal and Reed?
Two days ago, like a snow storm paralyzed metro Atlanta, departing a large number of motorists stuck in icy gridlock and a large number of kids stranded at schools-switched-emergency-shelters, Governor Nathan Deal switched themself right into a national punch-line along with a local object of scorn as he known the storm as “unexpected.”
With another storm headed our way, the Gov. takes no chances. When I write, the skies continue to be dry but he’s already declared a condition of emergency for a large number of counties, condoned leave for condition employees, advised tractor-trailers to remain from the Perimeter, and held a press conference to allow everybody realize that condition agencies are ready now. A week ago, Deal named greater than thirty individuals to an activity pressure on storm “preparedness,” but it’s no coincidence the group includes local TV meteorologists Glenn Burns, Markina Brown, and Ken Prepare-in the end, we wouldn’t want the condition team to overlook weather warnings average folks are bombarded with around the nightly news.
Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed required their own drubbing within the storm-caused gridlock. A few of the critique was because of the traffic pileups in Downtown, and a few as a result of testy TV appearance or two. I, for just one, think the hurry to put on Reed wasn’t fair-in the end the town represents only a small fraction of the metro area’s population and also the The month of january fiasco was less about weather than deficiencies in regional transit planning and decades of lousy policy. This really is something Atlantans get to know than outsiders, that is most likely why the majority of the commentary citing the storm like a potential political career-ender for Reed originated from national sources.
Nevertheless, Reed and City Hall will be in overdrive because the next storm approaches. Its joint operations center was was up this mid-day, public safety staffers take presctiption twelve-hour shifts, and salt spreaders along with other equipment will deploy today. (It is also important to note its latest media advisory lists emergency contact details for other municipalities within the metro region, and also the not-too-subtle indication that “for areas outdoors the town of Atlanta, please contact the neighborhood jurisdiction accountable for emergency operations on the bottom.Inches)
For moms and dads this latest weather crisis means more snow days, cabin fever, and scrambling for childcare-the APS, DeKalb, and Fulton school systems already announced closures. For companies, the storm means more disruption.
For Deal and Reed, however, the possibilities of ice, rain, or sleet falling in the heavens is really a paradise-sent chance for any political do-over. Meaning voters is going to be watching their response as carefully because the governor and mayor are watching the skies.