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Mayor Kasim Reed updates Atlanta and surrounding cities about snow storm preparations and other resources to assist in safety.

“We have 100 pieces of equipment that are ready to move into action once the city has been cleared,” Reed said. “It is critical that we maintain the safety of our roadways…

We expect road conditions to turn hazardous this evening and remain that way through Sunday,” Reed said. “Once the snow starts falling, the Department of Public Works will ensure priority roads are passable.”

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City of Atlanta’s resources include a total of 12 salt spreaders, 40 snow plows, 8 brine sprayers, 2000 tons of salt in hand, 1500 tons of aggregate and 10,000 gallons of brine. The City of Atlanta also has private contractors on standby if additional resources are needed.

The City is currently operating at a Level 3 emergency response. City crews will begin operating on 12-hour shifts throughout the duration of the storm to ensure the safety and drivability of city roadways. City residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel during periods of precipitation and while crews are working to clear and treat surface streets.

In order to ensure the city remains safe, Mayor Reed is asking for everyone to participate in staggered departures. City of Atlanta schools will begin releasing students at 11:30 a.m., which is also the time parents are being asked to pick up their children. Private sector employees within the city are being asked to leave work at 12:30 p.m. Non-essential employees should be home by 4 p.m.


Reed urged residents to have at least three days worth of food, fuel as well as water.

He also introduced the city’s emergency notification system “Notify ATL” which is free and should be used immediately should emergencies arise.

This system enables local government to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods as well as community events and crime alerts.
You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.
“This is a very serious weather event… This is a very significant storm.” – Mayor Kasim Reed