Fire up the salt trucks. Shutter schools. Position the National Guard.
Two weeks after a few inches of snow paralyzed Atlanta and embarrassed the state, government leaders are tackling the latest round of bad weather with gusto.
"I think we're certainly ahead of the game this time and that's important. We're trying to be ready and prepared and react as quickly as possible," Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters Monday.
The storm could still turn out to be another ugly mess, but it won't be for lack of trying by state officials..
Deal declared a weather-related state of emergency for 45 counties in the state Monday, well before snow, sleet and rain were expected to hit.
Atlanta Public Schools announced the system would be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
And Georgia Power's top emergency official said he'd already started calling in crews from other states to help fix downed power lines -- just in case.
Their biggest worry? The threat of a major ice storm Tuesday night.
"When you're talking about the amount of ice we're looking at, it's catastrophic," Aaron Strickland, the utility's storm center manager, told reporters. "What will happen is that the ice will build up on trees, trees will come down and take down the power lines. ... So It is an event that we are extremely fearful of, but we're preparing (by) bringing in outside help at this time."
Snow, sleet and rain are in the forecast from Monday night through Wednesday morning as temperatures plunge to the 30s. By Wednesday, ice on the roads could make driving "hazardous or impossible," forecasters from the National Weather Service warned.
The city's northern suburbs could get 1 to 3 inches of snow, with up to 6 inches blanketing the northeast Georgia mountains. A winter storm watch is in effect Monday through Wednesday morning for Atlanta and the watch stretches west to Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee and Little Rock, Arkansas.
This storm will be the first test for a 32-member severe weather task force created in Georgia after last month's debacle when 2.6 inches of snow shut down Atlanta's metropolitan area.
The governor apologized to the public -- "I'm the governor, the buck stops with me" -- and promised to handle things differently next time.
Well, it's next time.
Governor advises 'extreme caution'
Deal told reporters Monday that the state was doing everything it could.
"We are making every effort to be prepared for these events, and I would simply say that we should all individually use extreme caution," he said.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has said it plans to start treating roads with sand and salt after the Monday evening rush hour. Supplies from southern Georgia are being brought to the Atlanta metro area, said transportation department spokeswoman Natalie Dale.
Deal also gave the National Guard a warning order, an advance notice to personnel of the possibility of a "call up" for a state mission. Schools also began announcing their plans to cancel evening activities beginning Monday.
The city of Atlanta, which got hammered for its lackluster performance the last go-round, is on the storm preps bandwagon, too.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told reporters that deals with contractors had allowed the city to double the size of its fleet dedicated to pre-treating roads.
Priority roads and bridges will be treated Monday night with a combination of sand and salt, and more supplies are being ordered, City Hall spokesman Carlos Campos said.
The city urged people to take precautions such as filling cars with gas and stocking up on food.
Officials have their fingers crossed that the more coordinated effort will produce better results.
When the storm struck January 28, traffic gridlock occurred almost instantaneously as commuters fled Atlanta en masse. Thousands of school children across northern Georgia spent the night in schools, and countless motorists endured 20-plus hour commutes, if they were lucky enough to get home at all.