Fulton County declares state of emergency after Irma

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners declared a local state of emergency on Wednesday to help deal with dangerous conditions left behind after Hurricane Irma.

The declaration was passed with a unanimous vote. It directs the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency to activate the Emergency Operations Plan.

Officials followed the recommendation of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency after the storm that left behind damage in several parts of the state including Fulton County. 

The declaration allows the county to coordinate the response to the storm with authorities on the federal, state and local levels. 

The resolution seeks Fulton County’s assistance in efforts to protect public health, preserve public safety, minimize damage to property, and ensure for the economic benefit of the impacted areas of the County. 

As the area continues to recover from high rainfall and heavy winds from the storm, residents that notice downed trees and other road blockages are asked to report them to Fulton County’s Public Works Department at 404-613-3108 to allow authorities to aid in efforts to clear those hazards.

Residents that notice downed power lines are advised to avoid direct contact with them as they may potentially be live. 

Law enforcement authorities are asking residents not to call their local police to report property damage.  Residents are advised to take pictures of their damage and contact their home insurance providers to allow them to respond.

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