Atlanta, GA. - With latest projections showing Hurricane Florence taking a potential left-turn toward the northern half of Georgia, Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for all 159 counties. The Department of Agriculture continues to work with state, federal and industry partners to support the safety and comfort of Georgia citizens, evacuees, and all livestock and companion animals.
Georgia Department of Agriculture Hotline: 1-855-491-1432
- Follow emergency instructions given by your local and state Emergency Management Associations.
- Have a plan ahead of time - To ensure the safety of family, pets, livestock and home;
- Have a generator of sufficient size to provide for your vital needs and test the generator before you need it – power outages can occur;
- Fill the fuel tanks – Have all fuel tanks full with extra available – Store fuel and equipment out of reach so it will not get flooded;
- Have extra batteries for flashlights and radios and charge the mobile phone;
- Flying debris from hurricane winds can cause major damage – Make sure equipment inside and outside the house is stored away or secured and be sure to reinforce openings;
- Ensure your pets and livestock are safe – Make plans for feed, water, housing, transportation, destination, expenses;
- After the storm, check on animals and property for damage - Ventilation, water supply, feed supply, structural repairs should be assessed in that order.
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