Georgia Gov. Kemp warns coastal residents ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Georgia Gov. Kemp warns coastal residents ahead of Hurricane Dorian


MR. JOSEPH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT.>>THANK YOU, MARTHA.>>Martha: GOOD TO SPEAK WITH YOU. SO, INCREASING CONCERN FOR RESIDENTS OF GEORGIA, WHICH IS RIGHT IN THE PATH HERE, AS YOU CAN SEE. THEY’VE GOT A STATE OF EMERGENCY THAT WAS DECLARED BY THE PRESIDENT, MANDATORY EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN ORDERED FOR AT LEAST SIX COUNTIES ALONG THE COAST AND THE GOVERNOR HAS SAID THAT DORIAN IS A “CRITICAL THREAT.” HERE NOW WITH THE LATEST FROM HIS STATE, CAMP FROM GEORGIA. GOVERNOR KEMP, GOOD TO HAVE YOUR TONIGHT. THIS IS NEW FOR YOU AS A GOVERNOR TO BE FACING THIS, SO TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO PREPARE YOUR STATE.>>THANK YOU, MARTHA, FOR HAVING ME. WE ARE DEALING WITH A DEADLY STORM NOW, CERTAINLY OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL THOSE IN THE BAHAMAS AND THE VICTIMS AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE BEEN ON THE COAST ALL DAY. IF THE COAST OF GEORGIA LETTING PEOPLE KNOW HOW SERIOUS THIS STORM IS. IT’S MASSIVE. WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET. WE ARE PREPARING FOR A MAJOR EVENT, STORM SURGES, FLOODING, ESPECIALLY FOLKS ON OUR BARRIER ISLANDS, WE ARE REALLY PLEADING WITH THEM TO HEED OUR ADVICE AND TO MOVE EARLY. IF WE HAVE FLOODING AND CAUSEWAYS GET FLOODED, WE CAN’T GET TO THEM, WE CAN PROVIDE EMERGENCY SERVICES, IT MAY TAKE US DAYS TO DO THAT. SO I THINK WE ARE BEING VERY PRUDENT. I’VE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH GOVERNOR DeSANTIS AND McMASTERS AND WE ARE DEALING WITH A LOT OF THE TRAFFIC FROM FLORIDA AND SOUTH CAROLINA AS WELL AS OUR OWN CITIZENS. WE’VE HAD A GREAT TEAM AND WITH A GREAT PARTNERSHIP AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND I APPRECIATE THE PRESIDENT KEEPING US UP TO SPEED AND FEMA AS WELL.>>Martha: WHAT’S YOUR UNDERSTANDING ON THAT MONEY? THERE WAS A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THE MONEY THAT WAS MOVED TO ICE FROM HOMELAND SECURITY CONFERENCE. IS THAT A CONCERN TO YOU? ARE YOU AFRAID THAT IF GEORGIA IS IN REAL TROUBLE WITH THIS STORM, STORM SURGE ALONG YOUR COAST, THAT YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE WHAT YOU NEED?>>NO, I’M NOT CONCERNED AT ALL. I’VE BEEN ASSURED BY THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF. I’VE TALKED TO HIM TWICE, THE FEDERAL BRIEFINGS THAT WE HAD. I THINK THE OTHER GOVERNORS WERE ON THERE AS WELL. I FEEL VERY CONFIDENT AND RESPONSE OF THE FEDERAL LEVEL. WE HAVE A SEASONED TEAM IN GEORGIA THAT’S UP AND RUNNING AND READY TO GO. WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TODAY WITH OUR LOCAL PARTNERS, THE FOLKS THAT ARE ON THE GROUND GETTING READY AND WE DON’T A LOT OF THINGS IN THIS STATE, EXECUTIVE ORDERS, TO PREPARE FOR THAT. DEAL WITH FOOD, MEDICAL SUPPLIE SUPPLIES, FUEL, GETTING THE VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, WE’VE ALREADY STARTED MOVING THEM. OUR DEPARTMENTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH. SO WE’VE GOT A GREAT PLAN, OUR NATIONAL GUARD IS READY TO GO. JUST SIGNED ANOTHER LETTER ASKING FOR THE ABILITY, WHEN WE GET READY TO CALL TROOPS UP IF WE NEED THEM, SO WE WILL HAVE LITERALLY OVER A THOUSAND PEOPLE READY TO ROLL IF WE NEED THEM.

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