Georgia Congressional Delegation Requests Expedited Emergency Declaration Approval for Georgia
Thursday, October 11th, 2018
U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., along with the entire Georgia congressional delegation, wrote this week to President Donald Trump to request expedited emergency resources to aid counties in Georgia expected to be impacted by Hurricane Michael. Early yesterday morning, Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 storm and is expected to bring damaging winds, rain and flooding throughout the Southeast.
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, based on the latest forecast for Hurricane Michael and acting on a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency officials, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for 92 Georgia counties, making all state resources available to local governments and entities within the impacted area of the hurricane.
“We write in full support of Governor Nathan Deal’s request for an emergency declaration for the state of Georgia in anticipation of Hurricane Michael,” wrote the members. “As the current projections indicate, this major hurricane will significantly impact Georgia communities, and we urge you to approve requests to ensure that full federal resources are made available for counties currently under the declaration and those that may be determined to be in need of emergency federal assistance in the coming days.”
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Isakson and Perdue urged Georgians to heed officials’ warnings and take safety precautions ahead of Hurricane Michael’s landfall.