Deal expands state of emergency counties, announces mandatory evacuations
After declaring a state of emergency in six Georgia counties Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal has added another 24 counties to the list and announced that there will be mandatory evacuations for some Georgia residents.
This comes following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency officials and local Emergency Management Agencies.
“The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Irma,” said Deal. “I encourage all Georgians in our coastal areas that could be impacted by this storm to evacuate the area as soon as possible. Beginning Saturday, a mandatory evacuation order will take effect for Chatham County, all areas east of I-95 and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by this catastrophic hurricane and storm surge. GEMA/HS continues leading our preparedness efforts as we coordinate with federal, state and local officials to safely evacuate the coastal areas, provide public shelter and minimize the disruption of traffic. Finally, I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in Hurricane Irma’s path.”
The 30 counties under a state of emergency are: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Ware Counties.
As part of the order, Deal has also ordered that the Georgia Department of Defense provide up to 5,000 National Guardsmen for preparation, response and recovery efforts.
Deal will be holding a press conference Friday morning at 10 a.m. to give further updates.