Gov. Nathan Deal on Sunday expanded Georgia's state of emergency declaration to encompass all of the state's 159 counties ahead of Hurricane Irma's anticipated landfall.
The declaration points out that due to the potential for excessive rainfall, damaging winds, extensive flooding, fallen trees and the closure of numerous roads across the state that he is directing GEMA to activate the state's emergency operations plan.
In addition to the measures above, Deal issued an executive order authorizing 5,000 National Guard members to be on state active duty for Irma response and recovery.
“Ahead of Hurricane Irma, I’ve issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging and waiving rules and regulations for motor vehicles transporting supplies, equipment, personnel, goods and services associated with disaster assistance and relief,” said Deal in an earlier statement.
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