I was going to write this yesterday, but I thought better of it. I wanted another day to reflect and try to determine what I would say.
If you’re not from around here, I really don’t care too much what you think. And that should be the response of my neighbors too. We’ve seen the tweets, the comedians, and others talk about how we shouldn’t be shut down for 2 inches of snow. All I have to offer is:
Bless your heart.
So what actually happened, who is responsible, and what cold we do different next time?
First, we all need to pay more attention to the watches, advisories, and warnings that are issued by the National Weather Service. Too often, I’ve seen people ignore tornado warnings, and winter storm warnings, because people make their own forecast based on what they see out of their window and their trick knee. The truth is snow had been predicted. A warning was issued before 4am. No one should have been caught unaware of what was about to happen.
Who is responsible for the mess? I place a lot of blame on the area school superintendents. These schools should have never been allowed to pick up kids and open school with an active severe weather warning. We wouldn’t have done that if there was a tornado warning. Why were we allowing that to occur during a winter storm warning?
Next is Governor Deal. The fact that he was asleep when the NWS upgraded the advisory to a Warning is little excuse. You have a staff. You have a computer. You have a television. Quit talking about what you thought the storm was going to do. You are not a meteorologist, and if you keep up this behavior, you won’t be a governor for long.
Mayor Reed has been defending himself because he’s only the mayor of the city limits of Atlanta. This is true. He wishes that there had been a staggered closing. This would not work. If you’re going to let kids go home first, there has to be someone there when they get home. This means parents would have to go home. I’m not sure it’s wise to say people with no kids can’t go home first. They paid taxes for the roads too.
Business leaders, I’m sick of you not knowing how to love your employees. I believe in capitalism. Pay them what you think they are worth and they will move on if it’s not enough. However, if you are in a non-critical job (critical jobs are hospitals, grocery store, drug store) your people should not have been in. There was a winter storm warning effective before they left home. You are as much fault as the people before you.
And finally, you. You are responsible for your actions. Caught without gas, food, blankets and hours from home? That’s something you got to be ready for in the future. Did you know there was a winter storm warning? Why did you leave for work and send your kids to school? You are the final arbitrator over the decisions of your life. Use them wisely.
By the way, some models are showing snow next Friday.