Friday, 30 August 2019 13:13

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 The green hang tag permits are no longer valid and you will need to apply for a new one.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..

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Thomas Beusse
Georgia Retail Association
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