Southeast Georgia prepares for Ian’s impact

Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick closed at 9 a.m.

Georgia Gov. Kemp meets with emergency officials ahead of Tropical Storm Ian (Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp)

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and emergency management officials met in Savannah Thursday to provide an update on Tropical Storm Ian preparations and the state’s planned response.

A state of emergency went into effect at 7 a.m. for all 159 of Georgia’s counties, making state resources available to local governments and entities within the hurricane impact area.

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency State Operations Center is now at a Level 1 full-scale activation. The governor and emergency management officials are also coordinating with Georgia’s utility providers, preparing to respond to power outages.

The Georgia Department of Transportation closed the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick at 9 a.m. Thursday. The Houlihan Bridge in Savannah is closed to boat traffic only. Also, visit for more information on road conditions.

Governor Kemp urges all Georgians to remain weather alert and to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families. Those directly impacted by the storm’s path are encouraged to consult GEMA/HS’ informational website.

Explore Georgia and other state tourism partners are tracking the storm and updating the hurricane information webpage regularly with information on lodging and other resources.

The Department of Agriculture has also activated a disaster animal shelter that has capacity for 50 animals:

Macon, Bibb County 4214 Fulton Mill Road, Macon, GA 31216

Further information on the Department of Agriculture’s response to Ian is available here.

Governor Kemp, Emergency Management Officials provide update for Ian (Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp)