TThe staff of Georgia Retailers is ready to assist our members with preparation, response and recovery to the current threat of Hurricane Dorian.

In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, Governor Brian Kemp issued a State of Emergency in Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, and Wayne Counties in coastal and southeast Georgia.

A copy of the Executive Order declaring a state of emergency may be found (HERE). Additionally, Governor Kemp issued an executive order suspending Federal Motor Carrier rules and regulations on commercial operators, a copy of which may be found (HERE).

Please continue to check back with this page as we’ll keep you up to date as the storm develops, in the meantime if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Georgia Retailers Executive Director Thomas Beusse any time at 706-202-9308 or by e-mail at

  • Governor Kemp Lifts Evacuation Order

    As of 9:30 a.m. this morning Governor Kemp has lifted the mandatory evacuation order put in place on September 1st, 2019 for the areas of Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden counties east of Interstate-95 in Southeast Georgia. A copy of that Executive Order may be found (HERE).

    Local conditions will dictate access within the effected counties, and will be determined by the local County Emergency Management Agencies. A list of contact information for individual County Emergency Management Agencies can be found (HERE).

    The State of Emergency has not been lifted and will continue to exist in the effected 21 county area until 11:59 p.m. on September 9th, 2019 in case additional resources are needed, or until further notice.

    Thank you all for your patience and participation during our first hurricane event of the 2019 season. Given the weather patterns in the Atlantic we are sure that Dorian will not be our last hurricane activation this year.

    If you feel we can improve any aspect of how we communicate with you during such an event, or you have any questions or feedback at all, we want to hear from you! Please contact Thomas Beusse by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 706-202-9308 at any time.

    Written on Thursday, 05 September 2019 15:31 in Hurricane Dorian
  • Gov. Kemp Expands State of Emergency

    Early this morning Governor Kemp expanded the area covered by the State of Emergency declared on August 29, 2019, to exist in the following additional nine Georgia counties: Appling, Bacon, Bulloch, Clinch, Echols, Evans, Screven, Tattnall, and Ware. A copy of the expanded executive order may be found (HERE).

    This brings the total number of counties under a State of Emergency to twenty-one. A copy of the original emergency declaration may be found (HERE).

    The mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden counties east of Interstate-95. As well, westerly contraflow on Interstate-16 remains in effect until further notice. A copy that executive order may be found (HERE).

    Please use caution as Hurricane Dorian approaches the Georgia coast. Thomas Beusse is embedded in the State Operations Center, if your company requires any assistance please contact him at 706-202-9308 or by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Written on Wednesday, 04 September 2019 13:20 in Hurricane Dorian
  • Gov. Kemp Orders Mandatory Evacuations

    Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Governor Brian P. Kemp has issued an Executive Order (HERE) ordering the mandatory evacuation of individuals east of Interstate 95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties starting at noon on Monday, September 2nd, 2019. The Governor's order also directs the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to establish westerly contraflow on Interstate 16 starting at 8 AM on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.

    Right now, the latest projections show Hurricane Dorian headed toward Georgia’s coastline. However, it is not forecast to make landfall in Georgia and the center of the storm is projected to remain almost 100 miles offshore. However, this storm is an immensely powerful category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 165 mph. On Wednesday (September 4th) and Thursday (September 5th), Coastal Georgia Counties can expect to receive 40 to 60 mph sustained winds, 3 to 6 feet of storm surge, and 4 to 6 inches of rainfall.

    GEMA/HS is working on opening Red Cross Shelters in McDuffie, Laurens, Bibb, Coffee, and Ware Counties today. Information will be available on the GEMA/HS website at

    If you have any question please contact me anytime at 706-202-9308 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Written on Monday, 02 September 2019 14:53 in Hurricane Dorian
  • GEMA/HS Update on Georgia Re-Entry Permit Process

    At this point, the latest models are showing Hurricane Dorian to not make landfall in Georgia. However, in advance of the storm, this afternoon the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency released further guidance on the re-entry permit process. We ask that you read the below message carefully. If you have any questions, or are having any issues communicating with GEMA/HS staff, please contact me any time at 706-202-9308 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Hurricane Dorian is currently a category 1 hurricane located just north of Puerto Rico moving to the northwest. It is forecast to become a major hurricane tomorrow as it approaches Florida this weekend. As Hurricane Dorian approaches, we wanted to inform our private sector partners about the re-entry process for the State of Georgia.

    Upon receipt of a re-entry permit application, GEMA/HS will issue electronic re‐entry permits to any pre‐identified organization, agency, or company that may deploy essential response personnel following a disaster in the State of Georgia. One permit with an assigned phase of re-entry (either Phase 2 or Phase 3) will be issued per company, unless access is requested and approved for different personnel for both Phase 2 and Phase 3. Phase permits will be accepted during subsequent phases, but not earlier phases. In other words, Phase 2 permits will be accepted for re-entry during Phase 3 and beyond. However, Phase 3 permits will not be accepted during Phase 2.

    Each company will be responsible for providing their authorized personnel with electronic or paper copies of the necessary re-entry permit for use during the specific phase of the re-entry process. Private companies or contractors not identified as a critical workforce provider should follow normally established methods of seeking access to disaster areas.

    If you already have a re-entry permit, please check the expiration date. The green hang tag permits are no longer valid and you will need to apply for a new one. The new Re-Entry Permits are valid for three years from the issue date. Also, check the point of contact to make sure the information is accurate and updated. Attached is the Standard Operating Guide (SOG) (HERE) and a detailed description of each phase (HERE).

    At the moment, we do not have the capacity to take phone calls regarding re-entry. If you have any questions or need something to be updated, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Written on Friday, 30 August 2019 13:13 in Hurricane Dorian

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Thomas Beusse
Georgia Retail Association
1750 Powder Springs Rd, Ste 190
PMB 275
Marietta, GA 30064