City of Atlanta Mobilizes for Winter Storm

As storm approaches, city officials coordinate with state and local partners

2/11/2014, 9:21 a.m.
The City of Atlanta has mobilized for full response to the snow and freezing rain predicted to arrive in Atlanta ...
Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed, left, checks on progress at the Public Works North Avenue Facility with Commissioner of Public Works Richard Mendoza as Atlanta prepares for another approaching winter storm on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Atlanta. Photo by Curtis Compton/AP.

ATLANTA - The City of Atlanta has mobilized for full response to the snow and freezing rain predicted to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 12. Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that the city has been coordinating emergency response with State of Georgia and Fulton County leaders. The city’s Joint Operations Center will be stood up today at 4:00 p.m.

The Department of Public Works will work to ensure priority roadways are clear and passable. In addition to private contractors, the City has a total of 65 spreaders and 60 snow plows ready for mobilization. With 3,000 tons of aggregate and salt mix on hand, the city will use spreaders to treat priority bridges and address emergencies as they arise. Beginning Monday evening at 6:00 p.m., crews will work 12-hour rotational shifts beginning this evening and continuing through Thursday as required.

In conjunction with completing priority routes, crews will canvass designated areas and respond to dispatched calls received from police and other emergency personnel, as well as reports from citizens.

The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and the Department of Parks and Recreation will open the Old Adamsville Recreation Center at 3304 Delmar Lane, SW from 8 p.m. on Monday, February 10th until further notice to serve as a temporary warming shelter.

Every Fire Station and six police precincts will be open to stranded motorists and residents without power. A full list of shelters and warming centers are listed below.

City of Atlanta government offices, including Municipal Courts, will be open on Tuesday, February 11. Non-essential employees are advised to use their best judgment to determine if they are able to report to their respective work locations. Non-essential employees who are unable to report to work or need a delayed start due to inclement weather will be allowed to use annual leave time for these hours. As always, essential employees are still expected to remain or report to working during normal/emergency business hours.

Citizens are urged to take prudent precautions such as filling their cars with gas, stocking up on food supplies and staying off the roads if snow and freezing rain begin to fall.

To report icy road conditions, please call 404-330-6333.

To report downed trees or limbs, please call 911.

City of Atlanta residents can report power outages to Georgia Power at 1-888-891-0938.

Media interested in video footage of emergency road crews, please contact the Department of Public Works’ Public Information Officer Valerie Bell-Smith at 678-794-8881.

List of emergency shelters and warming centers

Old Adamsville Recreation Center at 3304 Delmar Lane, SW, will be open from 8 p.m. on Monday, February 10th until further notice. Cots and blankets will be available.

The following recreation centers will be open as warming centers. Cots and blankets will not be available at these locations:

Rosel Fann, 365 Cleveland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30354

Adamsville, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Ben Hill, 2405 Fairburn Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

City of Atlanta Fire Stations can be found here: http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?page=221.