September 4-- This morning Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order adding nine southeast Georgia counties to the Hurricane Dorian emergency declaration which was initially issued August 29. This brings to 21 the number of counties covered by the declaration.
EXPANDING STATE OF EMERGENCY AHEAD OF HURRICANE DORIAN
WHEREAS: The National Hurricane Center forecasts Hurricane Dorian will produce excessive rainfall and damaging winds, causing extensive flooding, fallen trees, and power outages in Georgia; and
WHEREAS: This storm system has the potential to produce catastrophic impacts to citizens throughout the southeast region of the United States, including the state of Georgia; and
WHEREAS: Due to downed trees, power lines, and debris, Georgia’s network of roads may be rendered impassible in the affected counties, isolating residences and persons from access to essential public services; and
WHEREAS: Assistance from the state of Georgia is necessary to provide for public safety, protect private property, and restore the social and economic welfare of the affected counties; and
WHEREAS: Georgia law vests the Governor in O.C.G.A. § 38-3-51 with the authority to bring emergencies under control by issuing orders, rules, and regulations to protect the safety and welfare of the public; and
WHEREAS: On August 29, 2019, a State of Emergency was declared in twelve (12) Georgia counties: Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, and Wayne.
NOW, THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME AS GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
The State of Emergency declared on August 29, 2019, as defined by O.C.G.A. § 38-3-3, is hereby expanded and declared to exist in the following nine (9) Georgia counties: Appling, Bacon, Bulloch, Clinch, Echols, Evans, Screven, Tattnall, and Ware.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: That all resources of the state of Georgia be made available to assist in preparation, response, and recovery activities throughout the affected area, and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency activate the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan for the aforementioned counties.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: That during preparation, response, and recovery activities for Hurricane Dorian, price gouging of goods and services necessary to support these efforts would be detrimental to the social and economic welfare of the citizens of this state, and thus O.C.G.A. § 10-1-393.4, prohibiting price gouging, remains in effect and is extended to the additional counties mentioned above.
This Executive Order shall be valid for a period of five (5) days, beginning on September 4, 2019, and ending at 11:59 PM on September 9, 2019.
This 4TH day of September 2019, at 5:32 AM.
GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP