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Here Comes Round Two: Stay Safe in the Snow and Ice

February 12, 2014
A car covered in snow driving on icey roads

UPDATE: State offices continue to be closed on Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13. Stay connected with your Georgia state agencies on social media for current updates.

State offices closed at noon on Tuesday due to the inclement weather. Governor Deal told agency heads to let employees who live north of I-20 and outside of I-285 to leave at around 10:30am, while the rest of state employees should leave at noon.

The beauty of snow and ice in Georgia can be breathtaking. It can also cause a lot of unwanted harm and trouble. Make sure you’re doing all that you can to be prepared and well-equipped for an ice storm.

Download the Ready Georgia app to get weather updates and create a Ready Kit before disaster strikes. Whether the power goes out, your house gets damaged or you’re stuck in your car, make sure you have the knowledge and equipment to survive with the least amount of harm.

Power Outages

If your power goes out during a storm, here are a few quick tips:

  • Unplug all major appliances (so when the power comes back on, your circuits won't be overloaded)
  • Try to avoid using candles to help prevent fires
  • Have extra batteries for flashlights
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed
  • Be conservative with your mobile phone’s power
  • Have a deck of cards handy to keep you entertained

Damaged Property

If your house, car or other forms of property get damaged during a storm, make sure you call your insurance agent immediately. State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens recommends that you take pictures of the damage to send to your agent too. He also recommends that renters buy renters’ insurance just to be safe in case of a disaster.

Driving in Bad Weather

Try your hardest to not be in a car or diving while an ice storm is near or present. However, if it is completely unavoidable, here are some quick tips to keep in mind:

  • Slow down – be patient
  • Tap the breaks
  • Avoid black ice – especially on bridges
  • When other cars are present, be a defensive driver
  • If a traffic signal is not working, treat it as a four-way stop

Be sure to check in with the Georgia Department of Transportation for more news and updates about driving in a storm. Also, follow NaviGAtor511 on Twitter to know current road closings and cautions.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.