What other cities can learn from Atlanta’s disaster

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Atlanta’s mayor is vowing change after snowfall earlier this week left the region in chaos.

It took less than three inches of snow to gridlock Atlanta travelers Tuesday.  Nearly 800 accidents happened when a mere few inches of snow shut down city highways and roads.

That is chaos that wouldn’t likely happen here at home said Montgomery County’s Emergency Management Director Jeffrey Jordan.

“The key to being prepared is communication.  When we are dealing with a weather system that is coming in, we usually have two or three days advanced notice.  We also are briefed by the National Weather Service and local news stations.  We are in constant communication with our response partners.”

The county’s situation assessment room is filled with an array of communications equipment and maps.  It is where officials communicate and collaborate with the state, as well as local departments such as Fire, EMS, Hazmat, RTA and the American Red Cross  should severe weather or other emergencies occur.

“We will provide these responders with the most recent damage assessment information we have or any resource needed,” said Jordan.  “If the demand cannot be met at the local or county level then we can communicate with the state to arrange additional assistance.”

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