Hurricane Michael Update

October 9, 2018

Source: Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA)

Michael is currently a Category 3 hurricane expected to move into Southwest Georgia tomorrow, Wednesday. Impacts are expected to include tropical storm force winds, 3-6 inches of rainfall, and as much as 10 inches of rain in isolated areas in Southwest Georgia, which may result in flash flooding, downed trees and power lines, and some isolated tornadoes.

State Resources

·       GEMA/HS is at Level 1 full scale activation and coordinating local, state and federal resources.

·       Georgia Department of Transportation has 800 personnel pre-positioned and ready to respond around the state.

·       Multiple law enforcement agencies including Georgia State Patrol have increased their presence along roadways and are poised to further assist when it is safe to do so.

·       No fuel shortages are reported at this time. 

·       Utility restoration teams are pre-positioned to respond as needed.

·       Georgia Forestry Commission has five chainsaw teams ready to assist with cleaning of interstates and major roads should debris become a problem.

·       Eight Georgia Search and Rescue teams, including swift water rescue response, are available for deployment statewide, and two are available at local levels. Two additional swift water rescue teams are available from Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

·       Air operations are positioned to support with fuel and aircraft support for potential rescue operations.

·       One Incident Management Team is prepared to assist local jurisdictions with the coordination of resources.

·       Several patients have been relocated from nursing home facilities to locations with backup generator power to ensure continuous care.

·       A number of sheltering resources are available for evacuees.

o   Georgia State Parks is waiving entrance and pet fees. Dry camping is available at no cost, and lodges are available at regular rates.

o   The Atlanta Motor Speedway camping facilities are open for evacuees seeking refuge from the hurricane.

o   Airbnb has activated their Disaster Response and Relief in response to Hurricane Michael. Over 150 members have opened their homes at no cost to evacuees.

o   Two American Red Cross shelters are open: one in Macon-Bibb and one in Muscogee.

o   There are local, independently run comfort shelters opening in South Georgia.

o   A pet shelter has also been opened at Fort Valley. The Georgia Department of Agriculture has issued a health waiver for animals crossing the state border from FL.

o   There are 500 cots pre-positioned for use.