After Severe Storm, Kemp Declares State of Emergency in Grady, Harris & Talbot Counties

March 4, 2019

Atlanta, GA – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in Grady, Harris, and Talbot Counties to deploy state assistance in the wake of severe thunderstorms, excessive precipitation, and tornadoes.

"With extensive storm damage in Grady, Harris, and Talbot Counties, it is imperative that we take swift action to help affected Georgians and deploy state resources in ongoing response and recovery efforts. This declaration immediately dispatches additional first responders and assistance as we continue to assess the damage," stated Governor Kemp. "Throughout this process, I have received regular updates from state and local leaders. Based on this information, I will travel to affected areas this afternoon with emergency management personnel to witness the damage firsthand. At this time, we extend our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by severe weather in Georgia and Alabama, where citizens in Lee County are reeling from the deaths of at least twenty-three people and massive structural damage."

This declaration activates the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan. The Executive Order is available on the Governor's website.

The Governor's Office will issue a media advisory shortly to detail the Governor's travel via helicopter at 1 PM to Talbot County and availability to media in affected areas.

Contact Information: 
Cody Hall, Press Secretary cody.hall@georgia.gov