SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Georgia officials say they are closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 1 storm, as they take steps to prepare for any possible impacts.
Gov. Brian Kemp said in a press conference Wednesday evening that he and his team are assessing a number of different scenarios the state could face as they move into the Labor Day weekend.
“In these situations, it’s incredibly difficult to forecast where this storm will go and how severe the effects may be,” the governor said, adding, “In 24 hours, we hope to have a clearer picture of Dorian’s trajectory.”
The storm could continue to strengthen and either move along the coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina or it could move up through Florida and into south Georgia.
Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency. Kemp has not done the same, but says the state is assessing evacuation plans should Georgians need to take action or if Floridians will need to move into Georgia.
“Preparation is the keyword when we deal with a natural disaster,” said Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John King Wednesday.
He urges residents to take action to protect themselves and their valuables by:
- Copying important documents
- Gathering important phone numbers
- Running an inventory of personal items
- Creating a “go kit” to safeguard important documents or precious items such as family photos
- Securing property (purchasing supplies, protecting windows, etc.)
Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) Director Homer Bryson said his agency will be setting up their state operations center at noon on Thursday in preparation. GEMA is coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to identify resources that may be needed across the state.
The agency said they will likely hold a press conference early Thursday afternoon to provide additional updates.
“We’re not exactly sure where this storm is going to go, but you need to start preparing now if you’re in the coastal communities,” said Kemp. “We’ll continue to keep you updated as we learn more.”