This is Why We Prep: Atlanta Crippled by 2 inches of Snow, People Literally Sleeping in Stores

What’s happening in Atlanta right now is a perfect example of how ill prepared the country, the government and people in general are to face any kind of disaster.

Yesterday Atlanta was hit by a relatively small snowstorm; in fact, only about 2 inches of snow fell in most areas. But sadly, this was enough to cripple the entire city, forcing people to abandon their cars and take refuge inside of shopping centers.

Pictures from the Area Via Local Twitter Accounts:



24 Hours after the Storm, and people are still stranded without food and water.

24 hours after the storm hit, students are still camped out in schools, buses full of people are trapped on roadways, and commuters are still abandoning cars all along the highway. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has dispatched National Guard units to start collecting kids who are still stranded at school and people who are still stuck on Atlanta’s crippled roads and freeway system.


911 Goes Down

In Atlanta, the 911 systems have become so overwhelmed with calls that police are actually asking stranded motorists to start contacting them through Facebook and Twitter.


Gas and Food Shortages


Atlanta Mayor Defends City’s Shameful Response to Storm

Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed tried to defend the city’s shameful response on CNN after residents turned to social media to complain that Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed, and the state’s governor, Nathan Deal, failed to both prepare and properly respond to the chaos.

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  1. I seriously don’t see how they can have that much trouble with so little snowfall. I live a few hours North of Atlanta in the GA mountains and during this time saw Mustangs and other rear wheel drive sports cars (about the worst thing you can drive in snow) making it by just fine in this amount of snow and even more. Of course we get snow up here a bit more often (still not a frequent event) so people are probably more accustomed to driving in it, but still! Just drive a lot slower than you normally would and pump the breaks gently and you’ll be fine in small snows like this.

  2. So tell me again, was the point of this to start rants on how bad the south is and how they aren’t really “tough” and brag about having it harder in the North?

  3. I am a yank living in southern Ohio, and after reading this banter regarding the fiasco in Atlanta, I can only say one thing in all fairness. We northerners, Canadians, and the like can act very opinionated and superior, but there is one issue these folks are trying to get out! Driving on ice Anywhere is dangerous, and usually impossible..regardless of the vehicle, the tires or expertise of the driver.Just the fact that these businesses allowed people to sleep in their stores amazed me. I Do agree, if possible i would have walked to retrieve my child..but unless you have tried to walk on ice, you have no idea, and didn;t need to be so vulgar or judgemental.This winter has been beyond trying for most of us here in the U.S., and I can only pray this will cease soon.I have dear friends in Alabama, and they knew it was minor in comparison…but do Not ever discount the people of the South. The Best drivers would have been challenged on that ice. Period. I am sure there are many Positive stories also…..

  4. up here in wny a few years back we got ourselves a nice lil snowstorm people were calling the “october surprise” no advanced warning just waking up to waist high snow, and ice covering everything. because leaves were still on the trees all that ice brought down trees everywhere. best part was havin no power for a week in that sh*t. we didnt get any help til the end of said week, it was myself and neighbors clearing trees out of the roads with chainsaws and shovelling the elderly folks driveways and makin sure they had food water and blankets. the govt cant or maybe just wont help the people. quit crying and prepare for these fun lil events

  5. Just an FYI since all of the media and all of the armchair “experts” missed this simple fact… it was not the “two inches of snow” that crippled Atlanta… it was the two inches of ice on the roads… anyone worth their salt knows it is virtually impossible to drive on ice… hate that everyone says “it was snow” including the headline of this article… stupid stupid stupid!!!

  6. OK so the mayor accepts no responsibility. How about today. Grady memorial the largest Trauma Center within 100 miles…no roads are clear yet?
    11 Feb

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