So of the lefties running the schools in Atlanta let the kids leave school on busses, which got stuck overnight. Many more are sheltered in place at the schools. It's not like there was no warning. The forecasts were dead-on.
Home Depot opened all of its stores, overnight, for anyone who needed a warm place("Pull up a stack of plywood and get a good night's sleep."). Since they tend to be close to major highways, hundreds are taking advantage of it.