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ATLANTA (AP) -

Georgia Emergency Management Agency officials said they had access to an alert system that could have warned drivers and others of an approaching winter storm on Jan. 28, but weren't able to use it.

GEMA spokesman Ken Davis said GEMA had a mass alert system called the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System in place, but the technology hadn't been configured, tested or used for weather and traffic alerts.

The state in 2012 was given federal approval to use the system -- which would have sent a message similar to an Amber alert -- to cellphones within a geographic area.

Brian Robinson, Gov. Nathan Deal's spokesman, said the governor is expanding use of the system as part of the state's revised storm response protocol.

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