Category Archives: Notices

Deal Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Michael

Based on the latest forecast for Hurricane Michael and acting on a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials, Gov. Nathan Deal today issued an emergency declaration for 92 Georgia counties. The emergency declaration is effective for seven days and makes all state resources available to local governments and entities within the impacted area of the hurricane.

“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.”

The 92 counties under emergency declaration are: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Glynn, Grady, Hancock, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pierce, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth counties.

To read the executive order, see attached or click here. A map of the counties under emergency declaration is also attached.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the GEMA/HS website here.

Kemp Champions Authentic Disaster Relief Charities, Warns Against Fakes

ATLANTA – Amid another active hurricane season and in advance of Hurricane Florence’s landfall, Secretary of State Brian Kemp asks Georgians to remain vigilant when giving to any disaster charities. Potential donors are highly encouraged to research organizations soliciting contributions for aid.

“Georgians are always generous with the money we contribute to those in need,” stated Secretary Kemp. “We must be careful that the financial capital and resources Georgians seek to give do not fall into the hands of malicious actors. My staff and I continue to work closely with key stakeholders to stop this sort of illegal activity but the best solution is prevention.”

Secretary Kemp and his Charities Division issued these tips for wise charitable giving:

  • Use online resources like the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and Charity Watch which provide detailed information about non-profit organizations to research charities and review the organization’s own website before contributing.
  • Take the time to make sure that your money is really going to help those in need and ask how much of your donation will go to the cause. The percentage of your contribution that a charity spends on fundraising activities, employee salaries, or expenses which do not directly support the charity’s stated mission varies by organization.
  • Be wary of phone solicitations, ask the individual to put the request in writing and provide detailed information and material about the charity and its program. Also, ask if the person conducting the solicitation is a volunteer or a paid fundraiser for that charity. Never give your credit card, debit card, or bank account information to a telephone solicitor.
  • Be particularly cautious of couriers willing to rush out to your home or business to pick up your contribution. Avoid sending cash donations and do not make payments to individuals. Donate by credit card or check directly to the charity. If your contribution exceeds $250, you should receive a letter from the charity confirming its charitable status as well as the donation amount.
  • Not all organizations with charitable-sounding names are actually charities. Be sure you know exactly who is asking for your contribution because many organizations adopt names confusingly similar to well-known charities.
  • If a tax deduction is important to you, make sure the organization has a tax-deductible status with the Internal Revenue Service. “Tax exempt,” “non-profit”, and “tax-deductible” are not synonymous. Only “tax-deductible” means your contribution is deductible on your income tax return. If you contribute to a charity, make sure you get a receipt which shows the amount of your contribution and states that the contribution is tax-deductible. The IRS has a searchable database of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Georgians should contact and report any suspicious charitable activity or solicitations to the Secretary of State’s Charities Division by calling (404) 654-6021 or submitting a complaint via email to charities@sos.ga.gov.

Northwest Corridor Express Lanes Now Open to Traffic

The Georgia Department of Transportation has officially opened the Northwest Corridor (NWC) Express Lanes to traffic this morning. This infrastructure project, the largest of its kind in state history, adds approximately 30 miles of fully-reversible, tolled express lanes.

To use the express lanes, drivers must have a registered Peach Pass through the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA). A Peach Pass can be purchased at PeachPass.com.

WHEN: Mid-morning – Saturday, September 8. The lanes will remain in the southbound direction through the weekend and during the Monday morning commute. The lanes will be reversed to the northbound direction mid-day on Monday to accommodate the afternoon commute. The NWC Express lanes will operate southbound in the morning and reverse to northbound in the evening.

WHERE: Along I-75 from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road, and along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road. The first 14 days of operation will be free for motorists with a registered Peach Pass to encourage commuters to utilize the express lanes.

Advisory: Before heading out, get real-time information on work status and traffic conditions. Call 511, visit 511ga.org, or download the Georgia 511 app.