Gov. Deal Requests Federal Help For Storm Response

By: FEMA; Associated Press News Email
By: FEMA; Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has requested more than $40 million in federal disaster relief to help the state regroup from a winter storm earlier this month.

In a release Wednesday, Deal said he requested more than $43 million in federal disaster relief from President Barack Obama. Deal says the damage estimate covered 48 counties, including several in the metro Atlanta area.

The storm in early February coated many areas of the state with ice and left hundreds of thousands of people without power.

Deal says Georgia Emergency Management Agency Director Charley English will work with the Federal Emergency Management to assess any further damages, and will provide additional justification for the request if necessary.


Associated Press News Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- Rising temperatures are expected to help Georgia continue rebounding from a winter storm that left a large swath of the state coated with a layer of ice.

National Weather Service forecasters are predicting temperatures in the low 50s with a slight chance of rain Friday, and clear skies Saturday with temperatures expected to reach the high 40s

Things are expected to get back to normal at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with fewer than 40 scheduled cancellations Friday. The storm earlier this week prompted the cancellation of thousands of flights from the world's busiest airport.

Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered state offices to reopen at 10 a.m. and some of Atlanta's bus service has been restored while trains will continue running on a weekend schedule.


News Release: Associated Press News

February 11, 2014, 9pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered state offices to stay closed on Wednesday.

Deal signed an executive order on Tuesday night barring employees from reporting to work unless they're involved in the state's emergency response to the storm.

A state of emergency covers 91 counties throughout Georgia and officials have said the storm is expected to lead to slippery roads and widespread power outages.


News Release: Associated Press News

February 11, 2014, 8:55pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- Here's a look by the numbers at how some agencies are responding to a storm that is supposed to bring snow, "catastrophic" ice and widespread power outages to Georgia, including the Atlanta metro area.

SNOW AND ICE: Quarter-inch to 1.5 inches of ice around Atlanta and east. 3 to 5 inches of snow in north Georgia.

THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD: 100 guardsmen activated, more on standby. 125 four-wheel drive vehicles, including Humvees.

EQUIPMENT: 705 pieces from Georgia Department of Transportation, including trucks, plows, salt spreaders. 125 spreaders and snow plows in city of Atlanta.

STAFF: 2,130 state transportation workers on call.

SALT AND GRAVEL: 64,150 tons in state stockpiles and expecting to get more. 3,000 tons for city of Atlanta roads.

UTILITIES: 200 trucks from throughout the Southeast available to start restoring power.

WARMING SHELTERS: 65 operated by the Guard throughout state. 8 in Atlanta along with 6 police precincts and the city's fire stations.

FLIGHTS: 1,875 Atlanta-based flights canceled for Wednesday and Thursday. 100,000 gallons of de-icing fluid, 100,000 pounds of de-icing pellets, salt and sand for runways.

LAST TIME: In 2000, ice storm in Atlanta area left more than 500,000 homes and businesses without power. Damages topped $35 million. A storm in 1973 caused an estimated 200,000 outages for several days.


News Release: Associated Press News

February 11, 2014, 6:15pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says asking for generators was a priority in a request for winter weather assistance to President Barack Obama.

In a statement, Deal said he requested federal assistance Monday night. Officials have predicted that ice accumulations could lead to widespread power outages as freezing rain begins to fall. Deal says the federal declaration also allows state officials to request food, blankets and other necessities.

The federal declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in the 91 counties where Deal declared a state of emergency on Monday afternoon.

Deal says FEMA is authorized to provide equipment and resources at its discretion, and the federal government is paying for 75 percent of emergency assistance is provides.


News Release: FEMA

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Georgia to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a severe winter storm on February 10, 2014, and continuing.

The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Jackson, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, Walton, White, Whitfield, and Wilkes.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

W. Michael Moore has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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Associated Press News Release

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) -- State transportation officials say that some lanes of Interstate 75 between Chattanooga, Tenn., and Atlanta's northwest suburbs were becoming impassable as snow spreads across north Georgia.

Authorities say that some of the iciest conditions were being reported around Calhoun, about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation reported that some lanes of southbound I-75 were blocked in the Resaca area just north of Calhoun shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Nearby, on the east edge of Calhoun, authorities reported that some northbound lanes of I-75 were blocked.

WSB-TV reported that vehicles were using one lane on the interstate to get through the area.


News Release: Georgia Department of Transportation

TIFTON, Ga. – Eleven plow trucks and 54 employees from southwest Georgia were deployed to Atlanta Monday afternoon to assist with the approaching winter storm.

The employees include drivers, managers and mechanics. Atlanta is under a winter storm watch from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Thursday. The forecast calls for snow and freezing rain.

The winter weather is not expected to reach as far south as the Tifton area. However, if snow and ice develop in southwest Georgia, the employees of GDOT’s District 4 will be ready with motor graders and spreaders, District Maintenance Engineer Stacy Aultman said. District 4 encompasses the counties of Atkinson, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lee, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth.

Approximately 2,130 GDOT maintenance and construction employees are available for active duty across the state. Nearly all GDOT personnel will be on call across affected parts of the state.

Statewide, the Department has:


  • 22,199 tons of salt

  • 41,953 tons of gravel

  • 70,500 gallons of brine

  • 705 pieces of available equipment

New equipment, including snowplows, liquid saddlebag tanks for dump trucks, liquid deicer sprayers and a brine maker, are now part of the Department’s arsenal. In addition, several contractors have signed agreements and are ready to assist to address hazardous winter precipitation.

Department communications personnel will provide road condition updates to the public via Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaDOT) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/gadeptoftrans). Citizens may also access roadway conditions at the Department’s winter weather web site (http://www.dot.ga.gov/winterweather).

Motorists are asked to avoid roadways where icing occurs unless travel is absolutely necessary. Those who must be on the road are reminded of these safety tips:


  • Motorists should be mindful of Georgia DOT crews working to clear the snow and ice from interstates and state routes.

  • Motorists should not pass a DOT dump truck spreading a mixture of salt/gravel, as gravel may bounce up and could break windshields. Please follow at least 100 feet behind DOT vehicles.

  • SLOW DOWN to at least half your normal speed and use a low gear as you drive.

  • If you come to a traffic signal that is not working, treat it as a four-way stop.

  • Beware of black ice, especially on bridges.

  • Watch for fallen trees or power lines.


Associated Press News Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, emergency officials and elected leaders in north Georgia are preparing for another round of winter weather, with the governor declaring a state of emergency.

Gov. Nathan Deal says on Twitter that he's declared a weather-related state of emergency for 14 counties. He said in the Monday morning tweets that he'll expand the declaration as necessary. Deal was criticized for his response to the Jan. 28 storm that paralyzed the area, stranding motorists in vehicles overnight.

He's scheduled a news conference for noon Monday.

The National Weather Service forecasts that rain Monday night will change to snow by Tuesday morning, likely mixing with sleet during the day. Snow is expected from Tuesday night to Thursday morning.


Associated Press News Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- With another round of winter weather bearing down, Georgia's governor plans to hold a briefing to discuss preparations.

At a news conference at noon Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal also plans to provide updated information about when drivers need to be off the roads.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather watch from 7 p.m. Monday through 7 p.m. Tuesday and a winter storm watch from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning for the metro Atlanta area.

The weather service says the metro area could see an inch of snow by Tuesday and possibly an additional 1 to 2 inches and some ice by Thursday. Parts of north Georgia could get even heavier snow.

Emergency officials throughout the area have been urging residents to prepare their homes and vehicles.


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