Starting today, six Georgia counties are under a state of emergency for the upcoming G-8 Summit. Governor Sonny Perdue issued the order for Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn and Camden counties.
The order means, in the event of an emergency, federal agencies will be able to step in faster to help local authorities. It also puts the Georgia National Guard and state law enforcement agencies under the umbrella of Georgia's Homeland Security Office.
"It allows state departments from state agencies to come in, without local residents having to pay for it," explained Chatham Emergency Management Agency Director Phillip Webber.
Webber says although six counties are under a state of emergency, it doesn't mean Georgia is in harm's way. "There is no current emergency to fear in Georgia," added Webber. "It's more of a technical administrative term that's being used. People can go about their business. Everything is fine."
The 30th annual G-8 Summit will be held at Sea Island, Georgia, June 8 - 10, 2004.