Hurricane Florence Information from The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency .
The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is actively monitoring Hurricane Florence and is coordinating with our federal, state, local, public and private sector partners to ensure we are ready to respond.
- Georgia State Parks, including campsites and cottages, are open to evacuees. Georgia State Parks will not be turning away any visitors seeking assistance.
o All cabins will be allowed to accommodate domestic pets. Pet fees will be waived during this weather event.
o Parks that currently have overnight equestrian facilities will allow visitors traveling with horses to use portable corrals and high lines (with tree saver straps). AH Stephens State Park will utilize the event field as an overflow for their equestrian campground.
o For information about parks, updates and how to rent facilities please go to https://gastateparks.org/alerts.
- The Atlanta Motor Speedway camping facilities are open for evacuees seeking refuge from Hurricane Florence. Campgrounds utilized will be Legends for dry camping and Premium (main entrance road) for hook-ups.
o More information can be found at http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/media/news/ams-opening-camping-facilities-hurricane-florence-evacuees.html.
- Georgia Department of Agriculture has temporarily suspended interstate movement requirements for animals evacuating from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Visit the Ga. Department of Agriculture website for more information.
- We are monitoring fuel supplies across the state, and there are no fuel shortages reported at this time.
Additional Sources of Info
- South Carolina Emergency Management Division
- North Carolina Department of Public Safety
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management
There are currently no evacuation orders or declared states of emergency for Georgia.
Regardless of the forecast, there are steps you can take to ensure you and those you care for are ready for a weather emergency. Make a communications plan, build a Ready Kit and take steps to stay informed on all local alerts. For more details on how to be prepared, visit the Ready Georgia website to begin your planning now.
GEMA/HS will provide additional information and updates regarding Hurricane Florence via this website, and our social media.
Are You Ready?
While more named storms and hurricanes increase the odds, there is no strong correlation between the total number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season. Awareness and preparedness are important for all Georgians, so know your risk, make an emergency plan and stay aware.
Links for additional information
Go to Ready Georgia for more information on how to prepare for tropical cyclones.
Review the GEMHSA Hurricane Plan.
Review the Georgia Department of Transportation Hurricane Safety Brochure for evacuation information.
Download the Georgia Hurricane Guide.
Local Emergency Planning Committees
Local Emergency Planning Committees are community-based organizations created by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) to increase hazardous materials (hazmat) preparedness and response. They provide support to local communities by:
- Receiving and processing chemical inventory reports from local industry (also known as Tier II, RMP, and TRI)
- Receiving and processing reports of chemical releases
- Responding to public requests for information on chemical inventory or releases
- Providing planning support for emergency responders and industry members
- Coordinating and hosting training
- Increasing community awareness concerning issues like: chemical facilities in your area, how to shelter-in-place, when to evacuate, and who to call when you have questions.
There are a few basic requirements for an LEPC that are outlined in EPCRA, such as the ability to receive reports from industry partners, membership, creating or assisting in a hazmat emergency response plan, and annual public notice. Click here for the Georgia requirements for LEPCs. Aside from these details, LEPCs vary can be unique in their scope and activities. The State of Georgia has one planning district designated statewide. There are many counties that have taken on LEPC duties at the county level. Click here for a list of LEPCs in Georgia.
The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) encourages the use of E-Plan for industry filing of chemical inventory reports. Filing on E-Plan fulfills Federal and Georgia SERC requirements. For local requirements, please check in with the fire department, LEPC, and/or Emergency Manager for the county.
E-Plan’s Online Tier II Reporting System
For First Responders and approved LEPC Members:
Registering on E-Plan will allow you to access chemical inventory reports for facilities in your community. E-Plan provides mapping, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), emergency contact information for facilities. You can search by chemical or by facility name. To gain access to E-Plan, you must be a First Responder or an approved LEPC member. When registering, you will be asked to identify an authorizing authority. The person that you identify will run a check and verify whether or not you meet the criteria to gain access to E-Plan.
E-Plan for First Responders
For questions about Georgia LEPCs and the HMEP grant, please contact:
HMEP/LEPC Coordinator, GEMA/HS
1000 Indian Springs Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029
For questions about Tier II and TRI reporting in Georgia, please contact:
Jerry R. Campbell
Emergency Response Manager, Georgia Environmental Protection Division
Post Office Box 3250
Cartersville, GA 30120
For questions about Risk Management Plans in Georgia, please contact:
Environmental Compliance Specialist, Risk Mgmt Program, Georgia Environmental Protection Division
For questions about federal involvement in hazardous materials reporting in Georgia:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division
61 Forsyth ST
Atlanta, GA 30303
EPCRA Program Manager, Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (404) 562-9169
Chemical Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator, Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (404) 562-9189
Clean Air Act §112(r) Risk Management Program Coordinator and EPCRA Liaison for the State of Georgia, Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (404) 562-9291
Public and Local Government Assistance
Public and Local Government Assistance is supplemental aid to local, state and select non-profit organizations for the specific purpose of response and recovery in state-mandated or providentially-declared disasters or emergencies.
Who Can Apply:
- Counties that are included in the Federal Declaration
- Any city, town, special district, regional authority, village or borough included in the declared county
- State government agencies that assisted in the declared counties
- Private non-profit organizations that own or operate facilities that provide certain services otherwise performed by a government agency
FEMA Extends Debris Removal Pilot Program Through June 2016
FEMA’s Public Assistance Alternative Procedures (PAAP) Pilot Program for Debris Removal is extending the performance period of the PAAP Pilot Program for Debris Removal (Pilot), authorized by the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-2).
The extension will enable FEMA to collect additional data that will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the alternative procedures and inform decisions as to which alternative procedures should be permanently incorporated into FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program.
Participation in the pilot program and use of the alternative procedures for debris removal is voluntary. The pilot is available to any applicant, upon request, for any major disaster or emergency declared on or after June 28, 2013, and until the end of the pilot program period.
For more information on the extension of this program and the guidelines, see the attached Memo signed by FEMA’s Recovery Assistant Administrator, Alex Amparo authorizing the one-year extension along with Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program Guide for Debris Removal (Version 3).
Following a large scale event, normally affecting multiple counties, the President may make a Federal Declaration of Major Disaster. Should a declaration providing for Individual Assistance be made, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individuals and Households Program may provide up to $32,400 (amount updated annually on 1 Oct.) of assistance to qualified households. The Individuals and Households Program has two components: Housing Assistance, which provides for repairs to damaged homes, and Other Needs Assistance, which provides for replacement of essential goods and services such as vehicles, essential appliances, and child care.
Following a Presidential Declaration of Major Disaster, instructions for FEMA registration will be distributed via news release through traditional and social media. Additionally, in counties which are included in a Major Declaration for Individual Assistance, FEMA and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency may establish Joint Disaster Recovery Centers – mobile or fixed locations where affected individuals can register for Federal Assistance and receive other vital services from federal, state and local agencies and organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Public Health and the Department of Human Services and assistance with insurance claims. While there is no set threshold for recommending assistance to individuals, FEMA suggests a minimum of 582 uninsured homes either severely damaged and/or destroyed.