The state's emergency responders said they've learned from their mistakes, and a weather task force appointed after the storm prompted officials to buy more equipment and improve coordination.
Just as notably, Deal and his advisers embraced a better-safe-than-sorry mantra after that gridlocked chaos, declaring emergencies and calling for state employees to stay home at the threat of severe weather.
The hard-earned lesson his administration learned during that storm, when the ham-handed early response became the butt of national jokes: It's easier to scale back an overreaction than to look caught off guard by a more measured response.
He used the strategy when wintry weather walloped Georgia three weeks after that 2014 gridlock, when a new round of snow threatened metro Atlanta in 2015 and when a spate of hurricanes sideswiped Georgia.
The ex-governor also shook up the state’s emergency response team, tapping the former corrections commissioner, Homer Bryson, to lead the office shortly after Hurricane Matthew battered Georgia in 2016.
And Kemp has stuck with Bryson, an even-keeled administrator who has served more than three decades in state government -- and prefers to stay out of the spotlight.
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