Good Evening Team!

As you are aware, Hurricane Irma’s path is impacting Georgia. Governor Deal has declared a State of Emergency for all 159 counties. The hurricane will impact the entire state with high winds and rain – particularly the western half of the state.

In addition, in consultation with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Governor Deal has ordered that state offices will be closed on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12. The following guidance is in effect for the Department of Juvenile Justice:

Policy mandates that security staffing be maintained at appropriate levels. All essential DJJ personnel are required to report to work on those days. Essential personnel include all those who work at secure facilities around the state, as well as all HITS officers and investigators who are certified law enforcement officers. HITS officers and investigators not assigned to secure facilities are directed to maintain on-call status and will receive instructions from supervisors where to respond when needed.

Therefore, if you are scheduled to work on either or both of these days, you should report to work as you normally would. If you are unable to report to work, contact your supervisor as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made.

As Hurricane Irma approaches Georgia, please join me in prayer for those already impacted by the storm in the Caribbean, as well as those impacted in Florida. In addition, let us pray that all DJJ employees and their families are not negatively impacted by the storm. In the coming days if you or your families are in need of shelter, please visit for a list of shelters near you.

DJJ Staff in the metropolitan Atlanta area will be officially notified of decisions to close state work sites or shifts by way of announcements through WSB (ABC) television (Channel 2), WSB 750 AM and WSB 95.5 FM. Other DJJ Staff will be notified through their supervisors and the DJJ website at and DJJ Facebook and Twitter.

Please share a copy of this with colleagues who do not have DJJ on-line access. Thank you for your service.

Avery D. Niles, Commissioner
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

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