As the East Coast braces for blizzard-like conditions, some may grumble about weather-related closings of schools, workplaces and government offices. They may look at the weather reports and think it is all much ado about nothing. While that may be true in some areas, Pinar Keskinocak and Julie Swann, co-directors of Georgia Tech's Health & Humanitarian Logistics Center, say leaders must make decisions about closings and preparations early -- even when there is still uncertainty about weather conditions.
Weather is hard to forecast. Suppose there is a 25% chance that the weather in your city will lead to ice on the roads during the commute home from work or bus ride home from school. In addition to the unsafe conditions, think about the congestion that will occur as parents rush to schools to pick up children early and everyone rushes to get home before the dark and the ice get worse.