All in the Family

Jan 31st, 2014 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri Roskpf PhotoWeather has always been a good topic when starting a conversation, but it seems no matter where you live in the United States, for the past couple of weeks it has become the main topic of conversation.

Georgia was the latest state to be featured (whether they wanted it or not) in the media and the topic of conversation around water coolers was how Old Man Winter left Atlanta roadways in a complete and tragic mess. Fingers were pointed at the governor, meteorologists — and everyone else you could think of — for what happened. Seems to me, it was just because everyone was not prepared for a sudden change in weather and routine. Mother Nature will do what she will do, and trying to be prepared and have a plan in place is about all any of us can do.

Something like that happened in Wisconsin a few years back. Although not the magnitude in Atlanta, motorists were stranded on the interstate for many hours in a severe blizzard. Roads were impassable with the blowing snow, and motorists were being rescued on snowmobiles. Clean-up was a nightmare for all involved — law enforcement, rescue, department of public works and, of course, towers.

Because the job of towers revolves so much around the weather (no matter where you live), I think our profession is much better at “turning on a dime” as they say when it comes to taking charge of a disaster like Atlanta saw. We know when to call in the troops for help to get the job done. Communication is the key, and it’s unfortunate that towers are the last on the list for communication from the other entities involved.

Old Man Winter, Mother Nature and Jack Frost — for this year’s winter season, seems like it’s “all in the family.”