Statesboro Mayor Jonathan McCollar issued a local state of emergency Thursday afternoon in anticipation of severe weather resulting from Tropical Storm Ian.
The local state of emergency follows the declaration of emergency from Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday of this week and Bulloch County’s declaration earlier today.
A declaration of a local state of emergency provides the framework for coordination between local, state and federal agencies. The declaration also authorizes the city to take extraordinary and immediate corrective actions for the protection of the welfare of its citizens.
Representatives from the City of Statesboro met with local emergency response representatives at the Bulloch County Emergency Operations Center this morning to discuss current storm preparation efforts and future planning in the event of severe weather. Currently, Statesboro is under a tropical storm watch. Tropical Storm Ian is moving into the Atlantic Ocean from Florida and is likely to strengthen to a category 1 hurricane before making landfall in South Carolina Friday. At this time, the biggest threat to Statesboro and Bulloch County as a whole is high wind, heavy rain, and potential power outages for Thursday night and into Friday.
The City of Statesboro urges citizens to make preparations for high winds and power outages in the event of severe weather.