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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Isakson, Perdue Urge Georgians to Take Precautions as Hurricane Michael Upgraded, State of Emergency Expanded

Governor Deal expands state of emergency to include 108 Georgia counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today urged more Georgians to take safety precautions and remain vigilant as Governor Nathan Deal expanded the emergency declaration today to cover 108 Georgia counties after Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 storm.

Based on the latest forecast for Hurricane Michael and acting on a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency officials, Gov. Nathan Deal today upgraded the state’s prior emergency declaration to cover 16 additional Georgia counties. The emergency declaration is effective for seven days and makes all state resources available to local governments and entities within the impacted area of the hurricane. 

Deal also announced the activation of 1,500 Georgia National Guard troops to be placed on standby and deployed as needed to affected areas.

The 108 counties under emergency declaration are: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clarke, 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, Morgan, Montgomery, 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.

“We are praying for Georgia and our neighboring states as Hurricane Michael makes impact,” said Isakson “Governor Deal, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and our first responders, businesses and communities are taking precautions. We urge all Georgians to remain vigilant and heed officials’ advice as the storm makes landfall and progresses northward. We remain in close communication with Governor Deal, and Senator Perdue and I will work together in the Senate and do all we can to support preparedness, response and recovery efforts.”

“Hurricane Michael is a potentially deadly storm that could impact many Georgians, including our agriculture community,” said Perdue. “Governor Deal, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, and local authorities are preparing for the storm and will keep Georgians updated as the situation develops. To ensure everyone’s safety, including the safety of our first responders, please take this storm seriously and heed all advice from local, state, and federal officials.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Isakson and Perdue along with the entire Georgia congressional delegation, wrote to President Donald Trump to request expedited emergency resources to aid counties in Georgia expected to be impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Georgia Hurricane Resources:

  • View up-to-date emergency declarations from Governor Deal here.
  • View updates from Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency here.
  • Download the Ready Georgia app for weather alerts and emergency preparedness tips.
  • Follow Georgia 511 for real-time traffic information.
  • Learn what to do before, during, and after a flood here.
  • Report power outages by contacting your power provider. The two main providers in Georgia are:  
    • Georgia Power (contact here or at 888-891-0938)
    • Georgia electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) (find your local branch here)
  • Call your local non-emergency police line to report a downed tree in a main road.
  • Learn about U.S. Department of Agriculture Disaster Assistance Programs here.