Atlanta mayor announces plan to improve snow response - CBS46 News

Atlanta mayor announces plan to improve snow response

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced a plan Friday afternoon to better prepare the city for winter storms. This followed Tuesday's storm, which brought more than two inches of snow and ice and left drivers stranded on the roadways.

Reed told The Atlanta Press Club he is ordering a comprehensive review of what worked and didn't work. He also plans to hire an emergency management executive to coordinate regional efforts in the event of another storm. He also said he plans to consult with experts on creating a way to avoid millions of drivers clogging Atlanta's roadways at the same time.

"There was to be some staggering of some kind, or we're going to see the same kind of gridlock," said Reed.

Reed also said if another storm were to hit this winter, he will ask private contractors to assist the city. "When I get back to work, I'm going to make sure we have a first-priority relationship with those firms."

"You can tell he's on the defensive; he's playing damage control," observed David Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision, a public relations firm.

Johnson attended the mayor's address and said the speech likely won't change many people's opinions on the city's response. "Once you become the punch line of late-night comedians, you don't really recover."

Reed said even though changes need to be made, the city did much better than in 2011 when a snow storm paralyzed the city for nearly a week.

"In 2011 when the storm hit, we had a total of four to six pieces of (snow-plowing) equipment. Today we have 70."

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