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For Immediate Release
Monday, March 4, 2019

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

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.

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Governor Kemp's Communications Team

Candice Broce, Director of Communications & Deputy Executive Counsel

Cody Hall, Press Secretary

Alexandra Beyer, Deputy Press Secretary


Brian P. Kemp is a husband, father, businessman, and public servant. On November 6, 2018, he was elected Georgia's 83rd Governor. Kemp built his first business – Kemp Development and Construction Company – with a pick-up truck and a shovel. Over thirty years later, he is a successful entrepreneur with businesses and investments in banking, farming, timber, manufacturing, and real estate. As Governor, Kemp will fight to make Georgia the top state for small business through regulatory reform, ensure that all parts of our state have opportunities to grow and thrive, and keep our families safe - always putting hardworking Georgians first. Kemp is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters – Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter –and active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

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