Posted: Tuesday, February 4th 2014 at 8:51am
Gooch among those named to Severe Weather Warning Task Force
By Ken Stanford Staff
ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, to the state’s newly-created Severe Weather Warning Task Force. The group will be charged with reviewing Georgia’s emergency protocols and finding new approaches to prepare and inform Georgians of impending severe weather.
“It’s important that we take a closer look at existing plans to see how we can improve procedures to ensure everyone is able to return home safely in the event of inclement weather,” said Sen. Gooch. “I look forward to working with other task force members and finding ways to minimize the impact of inclement weather on all forms of transportation.”
The task force, named in the wake of last week's snow storm that paralyzed many metro Atlanta streets, is comprised of 25 members, including legislators, state agency leaders, meteorologists from Atlanta’s major television stations, law enforcement officials, school administrators and emergency responders. Sen. Steve Thompson, Rep. Jay Roberts and Rep.Mike Glanton were also named to the task force. (See separate story.)
The state is currently conducting an internal review of the severe weather storm that affected the Atlanta metro area and much of north Georgia in late January. The five state agencies involved in the comprehensive review are expected to present the findings within the next week.
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