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Georgia’s Response to Hurricane Katrina

September 2, 2005
from the Governor's Office

 

Governor Sonny Perdue has mobilized the Georgia National Guard and several state agencies, led by OHS-GEMA, to help provide disaster relief assistance to the states ofLouisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and the evacuees from those states.  The Governor has taken steps to ensure gas supply to all Georgians and to prohibit price gouging on motor fuel.  He has asked President Bush for federal assistance to help with incoming evacuees.  In response to the tornadoes that impacted Peach and Carroll County, the Governor has asked for and SBA disaster declaration that will provide for small business loans to those affected.

 

Executive orders signed:

·    Governor Perdue signed an executive order calling for a temporary moratorium on state collection of all motor fuel taxes (September 2, 2005)

  • Governor Perdue signed an executive order calling up members of the Georgia National Guard to assist with disaster relief efforts (September 1, 2005)
  • Governor Perdue signed an executive order calling on state agencies to develop plans and identify resources for assisting states affected by Hurricane Katrina (August 31, 2005)
  • Governor Perdue signed an executive order to prevent price gouging on motor fuel (August 31, 2005)
  • Governor Perdue signed an executive order lifting weight restrictions on trucks coming into the state of Georgia from Florida.  (August 26, 2005).

 

Actions with regard to Georgia’s gas supply:

  • The Governor, in addition to signing an executive order calling for a moratorium on the collection of motor fuel taxes, has called a special session of the General Assembly to make
  • The Governor has declared an energy emergency in Georgia to control price gouging on gas.
  • Governor requested federal Department of Transportation (DOT) to lift restrictions and allow trucks to travel 24 hours a day, delivering more fuel to Georgia gas stations.
  • The Governor has waived gasoline regulations that require special additive gasoline in the summer months. Waiving this requirement will allow gasoline suppliers to bring available gasoline into Georgia to help alleviate shortages and keep prices to a minimum
  • Governor Perdue has approved the use of off-road diesel fuel as a substitute for diesel fuel.
  • The Governor is encouraging Georgia business owners to conserve gasoline by taking advantage of telework and flexible work schedule options for employees.

 

Georgia Provides Assistance to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama

·    In coordination with the American Red Cross and local governments, Georgia has opened shelters for the evacuees.  Locations of these shelters:

Macon, Bibb County - Salvation Army Shelter
Newnan, Coweta County - Central Baptist Church
Albany, Dougherty County - Henderson Gym
Albany, Dougherty County - Church of Christ
Atlanta, Fulton County - Adamsville Recreation Center
Valdosta, Lowndes County - Central Avenue Church of Christ
Columbus, Muscogee County - Benning Supercenter
Covington, Newton County - Georgia FFA Center
Augusta, Richmond County - Warren Baptist Church
LaGrange, Troup County - First Baptist Church on the Square

Peach County - Camp John Hope (to be opened Friday 9/02 at noon)

 

·    A State Operations Center (SOC) is active and staffed with representatives from the Office of Homeland Security-Georgia Emergency Management Agency (OHS-GEMA), Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Division of Public Health, Georgia Department of Human Resources, and Georgia Department of Defense. Federal representatives to the SOC have included FEMA and First Army.

 

·    OHS-GEMA is assisting on location and in the SOC with evacuation of patients from New Orleans area hospitals.  OHS-GEMA continues to assist with the coordination of receipt of displaced individuals.

 

·    The Georgia Army and Air National Guard will be providing an estimated 1500 soldiers and airmen for relief operations.  Relief missions will include security, engineering, medical, airlift and support operations. The first Georgia National Guard assets sent to the affected area left on Wednesday (8/31) when three CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters left for Louisiana and Mississippi.  Additionally, Georgia Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and UH-1 Huey helicopters are also currently positioned in the affected areas. The first Georgia units are expected to be in place on Saturday.

 

·    An Emergency Operations Center coordinated by the Department of Human Resources (DHR) is open and operating in Cobb County

 

·    The Georgia Forestry Commission currently has 18 personnel deployed throughout Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas to assist with clean-up and debris removal.

 

·        The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is sending 20 agents to assist the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

 

Georgia’s Response to Incoming Evacuees

·        Yesterday afternoon, the White House asked the state of Georgia to accept evacuees.  Governor Perdue has committed that Georgia will do everything it can to assist

 

·        Flights are coming into Dobbins with evacuees every couple of hours.  We expect this to continue.

 

·        Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), together with the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Georgia state agencies and leaders of our faith-based community are coordinating efforts to assist in supporting shelters across the state. 

 

·        We expect that many of these evacuees will soon call Georgia home.  Following emergency assistance, our state agencies, led by GEMA, are organizing an effort to help refugees quickly transition from shelters to life in our communities.  This includes enrolling children in our schools, providing access to ongoing health care, connection to long-term housing opportunities, job placement and other needs.

 

Disaster Relief for Georgia Counties with Tornado Damage

In addition to providing disaster relief to neighboring states, teams of Georgia state agencies are also responding to tornado damage in Peach, Carroll and White Counties .  Governor Perdue toured damage in Peach and Carroll Counties on Tuesday.  Teams coordinated through GEMA consisting of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia State Patrol and State Board of Pardons and Paroles responded as early as Monday night to provide assistance to tornado victims.

  • Employment--   State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said today that the Georgia Department of Labor is moving swiftly to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina who are evacuating the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast and seeking refuge here in Georgia.

The department is providing information and services through its Web site at www.dol.state.ga.us , its customer service help line and its 53 Career Centers located across the state.