- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the city’s new emergency preparedness and response task force has held its first meeting.

In a statement, Reed said he met Thursday with the 30-member group, which is composed of meteorologists, city council members, transit officials, school leaders and more.

Reed announced plans to form the Emergency Preparedness and Management Group after a snowstorm in late January led to epic traffic jams and power outages throughout the metro Atlanta region.

Reed says the group will make recommendations to ensure that Atlanta is in position to handle natural disasters and severe weather.

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