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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Georgia Congressional Delegation Requests Expedited Emergency Declaration Approval for Georgia

Entire delegation sends bipartisan letter to President Trump urging immediate action to ensure timely aid for Georgians impacted by Hurricane Michael

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., along with the entire Georgia congressional delegation, wrote this week to President Donald Trump to request expedited emergency resources to aid counties in Georgia expected to be impacted by Hurricane Michael. Earlier this morning, Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 storm and is expected to bring damaging winds, rain and flooding throughout the Southeast. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, based on the latest forecast for Hurricane Michael and acting on a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency officials, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for 92 Georgia counties, making all state resources available to local governments and entities within the impacted area of the hurricane. 

“We write in full support of Governor Nathan Deal’s request for an emergency declaration for the state of Georgia in anticipation of Hurricane Michael,” wrote the members. “As the current projections indicate, this major hurricane will significantly impact Georgia communities, and we urge you to approve requests to ensure that full federal resources are made available for counties currently under the declaration and those that may be determined to be in need of emergency federal assistance in the coming days.” 

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Isakson and Perdue urged Georgians to heed officials’ warnings and take safety precautions ahead of Hurricane Michael’s landfall. 

Full text of the Georgia congressional delegation’s letter is included below: 

October 09, 2018 

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500 

Dear Mr. President:

We write in full support of Governor Nathan Deal’s request for an emergency declaration for the state of Georgia in anticipation of Hurricane Michael. As the current projections indicate, this major hurricane will significantly impact Georgia communities, and we urge you to approve requests to ensure that full federal resources are made available for counties currently under the declaration and those that may be determined to be in need of emergency federal assistance in the coming days. 

Hurricane Michael has been classified as a Category 3 hurricane and will cause incredible devastation to portions of the Gulf Coast of the United States. Given the potential catastrophic impact that this hurricane may have on Georgia, the state and federal government must work together in order to help reduce the potential loss of life and destruction of property. As we recently witnessed with Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina, preparation and up-front resources are paramount in mitigating the impacts of the storm and providing quick response in its aftermath. 

We thank you for your support and ask for your continued support and assistance in providing the resources necessary to ensure the safety of Georgians. 

Sincerely, 

Senator Johnny Isakson
Senator David Perdue
Representative Earl L. ‘Buddy’ Carter
Representative Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
Representative A. Drew Ferguson, IV DMD
Representative Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Representative John Lewis
Representative Karen Handel
Representative Rob Woodall
Representative Austin Scott
Representative Doug Collins
Representative Jody Hice
Representative Barry Loudermilk
Representative Rick W. Allen
Representative David Scott
Representative Tom Graves 

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