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Ga. Gov Declares State Of Emergency As Storm Looms

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Gov. Nathan Deal, who was criticized for his response to the Jan. 28 storm that paralyzed the metro area. Gov. Nathan Deal, who was criticized for his response to the Jan. 28 storm that paralyzed the metro area.
ATLANTA - 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, who was criticized for his response to the Jan. 28 storm that paralyzed the metro area and left motorists stranded in vehicles overnight, says on Twitter that he's declared a weather-related state of emergency for 14 counties.

He says he'll expand the declaration as necessary.

In a news release Sunday he said he had put emergency response agencies on alert and begun significant preparations.

Deal has scheduled a news conference for noon Monday to further discuss winter storm preparations.

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Official news release

Following the Winter Storm Warning, Gov. Nathan Deal this morning (Monday) declared a state of emergency for 14 North Georgia counties: Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks and Jackson counties.

Deal will expand the order to additional counties as conditions warrant. He'll provide additional information at his noon news conference in the governor's office, following his briefing with the Operations Committee. News releases on additional actions will follow later today. For the most up-to-date announcements, please follow the governor on Twitter, @GovernorDeal.
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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Emergency Management Agency officials say they had access to an alert system that could have warned drivers and others of an approaching winter storm on Jan. 28, but weren't able to use it.
 
GEMA spokesman Ken Davis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution GEMA had a mass alert system called the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System in place, but the technology hadn't been configured, tested or used for weather and traffic alerts.
 
The state in 2012 was given federal approval to use the system - which would have sent a message similar to an Amber alert - to cellphones within a geographic area.
 
Brian Robinson, Gov. Nathan Deal's spokesman, says the governor is expanding use of the system as part of the state's revised storm response protocol.

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