Georgia Department of Agriculture

GDA Hurricane Response: Irma

Atlanta, GA. - With Hurricane Irma currently on track to significantly impact the entire state 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. More...

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Georgia Department of Agriculture Hotline: 1-855-491-1432

  1. Follow emergency instructions given by your local and state Emergency Management Associations.
  2. Have a plan ahead of time - To ensure the safety of family, pets, livestock and home;
  3. Have a generator of sufficient size to provide for your vital needs and test the generator before you need it – power outages can occur;
  4. 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;
  5. Have extra batteries for flashlights and radios and charge the mobile phone;
  6. 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;
  7. Ensure your pets and livestock are safe – Make plans for feed, water, housing, transportation, destination, expenses;
  8. 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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Dan Duncan- Manager
Tele: 404-656-3665
Tele: 404-656-9383

Animal Interstate Movement Health Requirements for entry into Georgia are temporarily suspended for the transportation of animals from areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma in Florida. The suspension of entry requirements applies to animals entering Georgia from Florida only. More...

UPDATE: Now includes Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee - Expansion of Approved Suspension of Animal Movement Heath Requirements

Suggested Animal Care Practices During Hurricane Irma

Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter opened to serve as an Equine evacuation site

Current Shelter Locations as of Sept 12

Livestock Shelter Listings

GVMA - Preparing for Irma

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Plant Industry

Tommy Gray - Division Director
Tele: (404) 463-8617
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Food Safety

Natalie Adan - Division Director
Tele: (404) 656-3627
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Hurricane Food Safety

The current track of Hurricane Irma represents a major threat to coastal Georgia, which should not be underestimated. This dangerous storm brings the potential for very high winds, heavy rains, and flooding, all of which could cause power outages, injury, and other damage. In preparation, all Georgians and Southeast coastal residents are encouraged to review the tips More....

Food Safety Consumer Update: When In Doubt, Throw It Out

Power Loss & Food Safety

Hurricane Irma Food Safety Update for Industry Update #1

Hurricane Irma Update for Georgia Food Industry Update #2

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Richard Lewis - Division Director
Tele: (404) 656-3605
Fax:  (404) 656-9648

Hurricane Fuel Safety

With Hurricane Irma threatening the Southeast, the Georgia Department of Agriculture would like to remind consumers in the affected areas to activate their hurricane preparedness plans. More...

Georgia Department of Law - Consumer Protection Unit

The Governor can declare a state of emergency in response to, or in anticipation of, a natural disaster or a national security emergency. All counties in the state are covered, unless the executive order declaring the emergency is limited geographically to certain counties. The Georgia Department of Law's Consumer Protection Unit has the authority to investigate allegations of price gouging. Violators can be fined from $2,000 to $15,000 per violation. Price Gouging -

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Our office is located at:

2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 356
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-9077

Tel: 404-651-8600 or 1-800-869-1123 (toll-free in Georgia, outside of the metro Atlanta calling area)

Fax: 404-651-9018

Office hours: 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday.
Telephone counselors are available between 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 8:30am-4:00pm on Friday.



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