Governor Deal today expanded the state of emergency in Georgia to include 16 additional counties. The expanded emergency declaration makes all state resources available to local governments within the impacted area.
“This is a dangerous, dangerous hurricane and I urge those in Hurricane Michael’s forecasted path to be prepared, stand vigilant, and be ready to help their neighbors,” says Deal. “At the state level, we are mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety and coordinating with federal, local and private sector partners to position resources around the state. This hurricane has potential to do serious damage in Georgia communities and at this time, we are encouraging those in the hurricane’s forecasted path to make whatever preparations are necessary.”
Counties added to the expanded emergency declaration include: Butts, Clarke, Columbia, Elbert, Greene, Jasper, Lamar, Lincoln, McDuffie, Monroe, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Taliaferro and Wilkes.
They’re now among 108 Georgia counties under a state of emergency. The list includes: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clarke, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Columbia, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Elbert, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Glynn, Grady, Greene, Hancock, Houston, Irwin, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Lincoln, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, McDuffie, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Muscogee, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Peach, Pierce, Pulaski, Putnam, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkes, Wilkinson and Worth counties.
This morning, Deal activated 1,500 members of the Georgia National Guard to be placed on standby and deployed as needed to areas affected by the hurricane.
Although there are currently no evacuation orders in Georgia, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is working to accommodate those evacuating into Georgia from neighboring states.
For more information on hurricane preparedness and evacuation resources, visit the GEMA/HS website here.