Now that was handled much better

We think everyone can agree the state handled this week’s ice storm a wee bit better than the fiasco a couple of weeks prior.

Call it a lesson learned from the School of Hard Knocks. This time, the state and area communities stayed well ahead of the ice storm. Atlanta, scene of major disasters with people stranded on roads for hours and hours, basically shut down before anything even hit.

More importantly, residents heeded public safety officials’ calls to stay off the roads — ensuring road crews could prep major highways and roads well in advance.

Yep, after being the laughingstock of the nation, with photos of thousands of stranded and often abandoned cars lining the interstates, Georgians learned their lesson. Unfortunately, it seems our northern neighbor city — Raleigh — didn’t learn from us. News reports are highlighting disasters matching Atlanta’s of two weeks ago.

When will we learn Mother Nature is a fickle thing, one never knows.

Locally, Cowetans heeded the call as well. Public safety personnel were out in full force. Fortunately, there were few wrecks because people stayed off the roads. The big problem, as authorities repeatedly warned us about, was the ice and impact on power lines.

Thousands remain without power, but crews have been out ever since the storm started and fixing broken lines as fast as they can. So it’s time to bring out the extra blankets and fresh batteries. But we want to thank all the public safety personnel and electric crews who have been, and remain, out in the worst of all this.

As a community, we always pull together, helping each other out in times like these. And since they’ve been in Sound Off so much recently, and not always positively, we’d like to acknowledge the incredible generosity of RedNexican during the storm. The downtown restaurant offered free lunches to anyone in their uniform working Wednesday during the storm.

And that’s what it’s all about.

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