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      Deal announces severe weather task force


      Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a task force that includes various state and local officials, meteorologists and business leaders charged with making recommendations to improve the state's response to severe weather events.

      A winter 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 the storm, which left tens of thousands stranded on icy, gridlocked roads.

      The governor says his office is working on a public alert system similar to one used for missing and endangered children that would be used in certain weather situations.

      Deal also says he expects an internal review of the state's response to the storm to be completed within 10 days.

      Deal's office released the following list of people that have been appointed to the task force:

      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

      Glenn Burns
      WSB
      Chief Meteorologist

      Markina Brown
      CBS
      Chief Meteorologist

      Ken Cook
      Fox 5
      Chief Meteorologist

      Chesley McNeil
      11 Alive
      Meteorologist

      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

      Awaiting Confirmation
      National Weather Service

      Awaiting Confirmation
      AT&T

      Awaiting Confirmation
      Verizon Wireless

      Awaiting Confirmation
      Metro Atlanta Municipality

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