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Plan now for winter weather

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National Weather Service forecasters say snow and ice could move into the Shelby County area Friday morning.  High temperatures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be in the 30s.

"Citizens need to take precautions by checking on relatives and friends, especially those who are elderly, disabled or live alone. Pets should also be sheltered because of the dangerously cold temperatures," said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.

Director Bob Nations and his staff at the Shelby County Office of Preparedness are in constant contact with the National Weather Service and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.  "We're keeping a close eye on the weather and will be monitoring road conditions.  Our greatest concern could be the ice, which creates problems for motorists and leads to power outages," said Director Nations.

Shelby County Public Works crews will be prepared should the snow and ice move into the area. "Our trucks are stationed throughout the county and will be spreading a mixture of salt and sand," said Shelby County Public Works Director Tom Needham. 

Here are some additional winter safety tips:  Avoid being outside if possible. Dress warmly and wear layers of clothes. Keep water lines dripping, insulate outside water faucets, and have plenty of blankets should power go out.  If using a generator, make sure you vent the exhaust.  Never use charcoal indoors. The vapors are deadly.

For vehicles, check the antifreeze level, windshield wipers and have a full tank of gas.  Always have a heavy coat, hat, gloves and walking shoes in case your vehicle gets stranded.  Keep an emergency kit on board with first aid materials, bottles of water and snack foods.

For more information, go to: www.staysafeshelby.us or call the Shelby County Office of Preparedness at (901) 515-2525.

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