9/2/19 – 7AM
EEMA has been monitoring the changes to Hurricane Dorian, which is now a powerful Category 5 hurricane, and updating partner agencies of the current forecast models. We have activated our Emergency Operations Center to Level 2 for extended hours and resource allocation.
NOON TODAY: Individuals east of I-95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties must evacuate due to Hurricane Dorian. If you live in Effingham but work in this affected area, please check with your employer on closings.
Starting 8AM Tuesday, Sept 3 westward contraflow on I-16 will begin to assist with coastal evacuations. You will not be able to use this route to go east of Effingham.
Although Effingham County has not issued an evacuation at this time, if you do not feel safe, please find an alternate location or await the opening of a local shelter. County and City officials will be meeting morning to discuss local needs, closings, and evacuation options.
Effingham County Schools and the government offices for Effingham County and the cities of Guyton, Rincon, and Springfield are closed Monday, Sept 2 for Labor Day; no other closings are planned at this time.
No shelters are open at this time, but we are working with local organizations to identify shelter locations to possibly open this week. As shelters become available, we will share that information with the public.
Please take this time to review your hurricane plans and supplies, evacuation plans, and set up well-check procedures for family and friends.
This information and updates are available on our information line at 912-754-8206, our website, and our Facebook page.