state of emergency

ATLANTA, GA (CBS46)

Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 108 Georgia counties. The emergency declaration will be in effect for seven days.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Michael," said Deal. "In light of the storm's forecasted track, I encourage Georgians in the affected counties to be prepared and remain vigilant. We will continue to monitor Hurricane Michael's path and GEMA/HS is leading our preparedness efforts. We are also working with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and accommodate those evacuating from other states. I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Michael."

In the event Georgia is heavily impacted by the hurricane, all impacted counties listed in the declaration will have access to federal funds.

For more information, visit www.gema.ga.gov.

Those impacted by the hurricane can receive immediate crisis counseling by calling the Distress Helpline is 1-800-985-5990.

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