SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Governor Nathan Deal is expanding his emergency declaration and issuing a mandatory evacuation order Saturday for all of Chatham County and all areas east of I-95.
Gov. Deal is expanding his emergency declaration to 24 additional counties, with a total of 30 counties now included in a state of emergency.
Some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by the potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma are also under the mandatory evacuation order.
Gov. Deal issues the following statement:
The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Irma. 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.
Please see below for resources and updates from each of the state agencies.
State Agency Information
- Sheltering and state park information are available on the GEMA/HS website or by calling 1-800-TRY-GEMA.
- For additional information on GEMA/HS relief efforts, contact Catherine Howden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-606-2928.
- For additional information on GA DoD relief efforts, contact Desiree Bamba at email@example.com or 470-303-2329.
- Contraflow on I-16 will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. See the attached graphic for more information. For more information on GDOT preparations, contact Natalie Dale, firstname.lastname@example.org.