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Winter Storm Warning Leads to State of Emergency in Shelby County

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Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., has declared a State of Emergency due to anticipated icing conditions tonight and tomorrow.  The Shelby County Office of Preparedness went to a Level 4 Activationthis evening which summoned representatives of various law enforcement, fire, emergency services and support bureaus to the Shelby County Emergency Operations Center in east Memphis. 

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"Personnel from these agencies will be working around the clock.  Besides overtime expenses, additional resources could also be needed which led to my declaring a State of Emergency," said Mayor Luttrell.  Earlier tonight, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam also declared a State of Emergency based on weather conditions in various parts of Tennessee.
 
"Ice on roads could make for very dangerous driving conditions tonightand during rush-hour tomorrow.Citizens are urged not to drive unless absolutely necessary.  Additionally, ice could form on tree limbs and utility lines which could lead to power outages.  We'll be tracking issues as they arise to ensure they're quickly addressed," said Bob Nations, Jr., Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.
 
Public Works crews are ready to spread a mixture of salt and cinders on the streets, especially on bridges and overpasses. 
 
Here are some winter safety tips:
 
·         If you must travel, keep your gas tank full, check the antifreeze level and windshield wipers
·         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
·         Avoid being outside if possible.
·         Dress warmly if you have to leave home
·         Keep water lines dripping
·         Have plenty of blankets on hand should power go out
·         IMPORTANT-If using a generator, vent the exhaust. Never use charcoal indoors due to the deadly vapors                                      
 
Citizens need to stay in contact with relatives and friends, especially those who are elderly, disabled or live alone. Pets need to be sheltered because of the dangerously cold temperatures predicted for the next couple of days.

 

 

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