(ATLANTA) – Following a catastrophic failure of Grady Memorial Hospital's internal piping system that rendered multiple floors of the hospital inoperable, the hospital began total diversion of ambulance driven patients on December 7th with partial diversion still in place today.

Due to increased patient load, surrounding metro-Atlanta hospitals are now experiencing capacity challenges. In order to ensure residents and visitors have access to adequate trauma centers, Governor Kemp has declared emergency assistance from the state of Georgia is necessary to provide for the public’s safety. Effective Friday, December 13th, Governor Kemp issued the following Download this pdf file.executive order .

Press Briefing

WHO: Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Homer Bryson, Grady Memorial Hospital CEO John Haupert, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Governor's Office staff

WHAT: Press briefing on emergency declaration and additional steps taken to ensure public safety and access to trauma centers in metropolitan Atlanta

WHEN: Friday, December 13th, at 11:30 AM

WHERE: North Wing Steps, State Capitol Building, 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30334


As part of the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency collaborates with local, state and federal governments in partnership with private sector and non-governmental organizations to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia website and preparedness campaign provides Georgians with the knowledge needed to effectively prepare for disasters. Go to gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit.