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ATLANTA - Most of the changes officials have talked about like crafting an evacuation plan or purchasing more equipment won't happen this week, but simply being aware of what can happen can make all the difference.

This time, when the storm hits, it shouldn't catch anyone by surprise. The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency already have plans to meet Monday morning in advance of the storm.

"And that's what we aim to do in the future - to be better at predicting the time-frame, giving as much advance notice as possible," said Gov. Nathan Deal.

In anticipation of this week's winter weather threat, Deal put emergency response agencies on alert Sunday. In a statement, Deal said he would activate the State Operations Center at 3 p.m. Monday and it will operate until the emergency response ends.

While Deal says he can't force schools to close, the state's emergency management director is able to email weather reports directly to every school superintendent. GDOT says it has restocked its supply of salt, sand and brine.

The governor says he expects a report next week from the DOT on whether the agency needs more equipment or even a better approach in distributing it.

"Do we need larger trailers that would haul the salt and the sand, or is it simply acceptable to have the dump trucks that we are currently using?" said Deal.

Brian Robinson, Deal's spokesperson, urged people to get off the roads as soon as possible on Monday to make way for GDOT trucks.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he is ready to ask the city council for more money to purchase new spreaders and new trucks.

"When you run this equipment for twenty, thirty hours non-stop, it starts to break down pretty quickly," Reed said.

The big question is what type of weather event should warrant a big scale effort, and when should that begin? Determining that trigger is up to the governor's task force, which has not met for its first meeting yet.

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