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Resources for Hurricane Irma

September 8, 2017
Press Release

Like you, I am closely monitoring Hurricane Irma as it moves through the Caribbean and threatens Georgia and the Southeastern United States over the next few days.  As we all know, Irma is an extremely dangerous storm, and everyone should take its threat seriously.  

You can find up-to-date information about preparations, traffic, and open shelters here in Georgia by visiting the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).  The State of Georgia has ordered a mandatory evacuation for areas along the coast.

Please be patient and safe on the roads as we welcome thousands of people from coastal Georgia and Florida seeking refuge in Metro Atlanta.

In Metro Atlanta, we are expected to feel its effects early next week.  The main threats to North Georgia, as with any major storm, are heavy rain, possible flooding, and power outages.  Some important tips:

  • Charge your phone and other electronic devices in case you lose power.  
  • Try to stay off the roads during the storm.
  • If you must drive, do not drive through floodwaters, as they can be extremely hazardous.  Turn around – don’t drown.
  • Take pictures of your property and inside your house before the storm.
  • Scan your important documents and e-mail them to yourself or a trusted relative or friend.

Visit or (en español) to learn how you can prepare now for severe weather emergencies.  You can also download the Ready Georgia App here.

This week, Congress approved a bipartisan effort to provide $15 billion for FEMA to support recovery efforts in Texas, Louisiana, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and other affected communities.   I will also work with my colleagues to ensure that flood insurance remains available and affordable to all Americans.  

You can find out how to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma at  Please keep all those in the path of the storm, the emergency responders, and the aid workers and their families in your thoughts.