Georgia DOT employees are proud public servants, ready to assist when needed. During inclement weather, Georgia DOT commits to improving driving conditions on Georgia’s interstates and state routes. Georgia DOT advises motorists to slow down and exercise caution when traveling in wintry conditions. NOTE: Georgia DOT does not clear local roads or roadways leading into subdivisions.
Winter Weather Preparedness Week is an opportunity educate Georgians about winter weather hazards and reinforce the understanding of winter weather terminology. The campaign will cover the following topics:
Monday, December 5
Tuesday, December 6
Wednesday, December 7
Thursday, December 8
Friday, December 9
Georgia DOT is prepared for potential winter weather across the state. Our response teams monitor and respond to wintry conditions on interstates and state routes. We also partner with local and state agencies to monitor conditions and remove debris from the roadway.
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Travelers can use the following resources to receive free travel information.
Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. Also, know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
Keep jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks in the car. Keep the gas tank full. Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.
Teams with different expertise respond to a variety of incidents. GDOT identifies these teams as brine distribution, interstate, special response and traffic strike teams:
Distribute brine units on impacted highways. (Brine is a mixture of salt and water is used as a preventative treatment and is intended to limit the bonding of the ice to the pavement).
Treat and remove snow from interstate roadways using 3-5 tandem dump trucks (trucks with snow plows and material spreaders attached). Up to 18 crews.
Respond to “hot spots” outside of treatment areas where interstate teams will focus.
Consist of Georgia State Patrol; Motor Carrier Compliance Division; Georgia DOT Highway Emergency Response Operator; Department of Natural Resources; Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia Department of Defense personnel.
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The following equipment, materials and staff are ready in these areas:
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