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Gov. Deal announces severe weather task force members

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal held a news conference Monday to announce the names of people who will be tasked with making recommendations to improve the state's response to severe weather events.

CBS Atlanta's Markina Brown was one of the meteorologists invited to participate. The other members of the task force from the local media are WSB's Glenn Burns, 11 Alive's Chesley McNeil, and Fox 5's Ken Cook.

Other members of the task force are as follows:

  • The National Weather Service in Peachtree City
  • Bart Gobeil (Chair), Governor's Office Chief Operating Officer
  • Charley English, GA Emergency Management Agency Executive Director
  • Keith Golden, Dept. of Transportation Commissioner
  • Mark Williams, Dept. of Natural Resources Commissioner
  • Mark McDonough, Dept. of Public Safety Commissioner
  • Jim Butterworth, Dept. of Defense Major General
  • Jannine Miller, GA Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director
  • Chris Tomlinson, State Road and Tollway Authority Executive Director
  • Robert Avossa, Fulton County Schools Superintendent
  • Emily Lembeck, Marietta City Schools Superintendent
  • Michael Thurmond, DeKalb County Schools Superintendent
  • Keith Parker, MARTA General Manager/CEO
  • Ed Crowell, Georgia Motor Trucking President and CEO
  • Jeffrey Parker, HNTB Corp.; former Connecticut DOT commissioner Vice President
  • Anthony Wilson, Georgia Power Executive VP, Customer Service and Operations
  • Jerry Donovan, Georgia Transmission Corporation President and CEO
  • Hala Moddelmog, Metro Atlanta Chamber President
  • Gil West, Delta Senior VP, Airport Customer Service and TechOps
  • Steve Thompson, GA State Senate District 33
  • Steve Gooch, GA State Senate District 51
  • Jay Roberts, GA House of Representatives District 155
  • Mike Glanton, GA House of Representatives District 75
  • Kelvin Cochran, City of Atlanta Fire Chief
  • George Turner, Atlanta Police Department Chief of Police

A snow storm last week dropped about 2 inches of snow on the metro Atlanta area and brought traffic to a standstill. Deal has faced considerable criticism for the state's response to that snowfall, which left tens of thousands of people stranded on icy, gridlocked roads.

"We made reforms after the 2011 storm on how we treat our roads, and because of that, we have more road treatment facilities located in more critical areas," said Deal. "All the equipment and the all supplies in the world won't help if the trucks can't get on the roads. We've got to communicate quicker and more effectively on the front end to keep as many vehicles off the road as possible."

Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have promised they will review what happened and make changes so they are better prepared for future storms.

"Effective immediately, a storm warning will trigger a message to cell phones in targeted areas, as in the Amber Alert system, and advise against road travel," said Deal. "We will go one step further with school superintendents by emailing them weather condition updates, so that they have the most up-to-date information when determining whether to close schools.

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