THE STATE OF GEORGIA
On September 7, 2017, due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma to the state of Georgia as forecasted by the National Hurricane Center, I declared a State of Emergency for thirty (30) Georgia counties; and
Due to the updated National Hurricane Center forecast, through its five (5) day cone model, Hurricane Irma will potentially produce excessive rainfall and damaging winds, causing extensive flooding, fallen trees and the closure of numerous roads in additional Georgia counties; and
The network of coastal and rural roads may be rendered impassable in many areas of the impacted counties, isolating residences and farms from access to essential public services; and
The assistance of the government of the state of Georgia is necessary to protect the public health, preserve the safety of the public, keep property damage to a minimum and restore the social and economic welfare of impacted counties; and
The authority is vested in the Governor by O.C.G.A. 38-3-51 to issue reasonable orders, rules and regulations deemed necessary to protect public health, safety and welfare, and bring the emergency under control within the acknowledged limitations of the powers of the Governor.
NOW THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME AS GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, IT IS HEREBY
That a State of Emergency exists in the following counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun; Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Grady, Harris, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, McIntosh Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pierce,Pike, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Ware,Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth.
IT IS FURTHER
ORDERED: That all resources of the state of Georgia be made available to assist in preparation, response and recovery activities in the above-mentioned counties, and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency activate the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan for implementation throughout the state.
This Executive Order shall be valid for a period of fourteen (14) days, beginning on September 8, 2017, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on September 22, 2017.