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ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed outlined several new procedures Monday in advance of expected winter storms.

Surrounded by officials from city fire, police, along with Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the National Guard and Georgia Power, Deal talked about timing being everything, saying the first part of the storm will hit overnight.

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With schools out, both state and city employees have the option to stay home as well. The hope is to urge as many citizens as possible to sit this one out and stay off the roads.

"The clearer the roads are the more we have the ability to treat those roads and get them open as quickly as possible," Deal said.
Reed added, "We're basically doubling the size of our pre-treating capability."

For those who do have travel, the governor says help is already standing by -- 200 National Guard soldiers and 1,400 4-wheel drive vehicles.

The city will release a list of area shelters on Monday night.

The American Red Cross is standing by to open shelters outside the city limits if and when they're needed.

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