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June 16, 2014

State of Emergency Ends After Flooding Response

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville returned to Level V – Normal operations at 12 p.m., Central, on Monday, June 16, 2014. (more…)

June 7, 2014

Minimal damage, power outages experienced in Middle Tennessee

Situation update: Tornado warnings and several severe thunderstorm warnings have occurred Saturday afternoon and evening throughout West and Middle Tennessee.

As of 11:30 p.m., TEMA has received the following reports from counties in Middle Tennessee. One death was confirmed tonight in Lawrence County from Saturday’s severe weather. There are no requests for state assistance at this time. (more…)

Third storm-related fatality confirmed

This information is an update to the number of deaths for the storms and flash flooding.

Deaths:
Lawrence Co. – 2
Hickman Co. – 1

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Minor storm damage in West Tennessee reported

Situation update: Tornado warnings and several severe thunderstorm warnings have occurred Saturday afternoon and evening throughout West and Middle Tennessee.

As of 9 p.m., TEMA has received the following reports from counties in West Tennessee. There are no additional reports of deaths or injuries from Saturday’s severe weather. There are no requests for state assistance at this time.

The state emergency operations center continues to monitor the storm’s progress. It has become less severe as it moved into Middle Tennessee. The State Emergency Operations Center remains at a Level III – State of Emergency from the severe weather overnight and through the day on June 5. Power outages and reports of damage from flash flooding are the primary concerns.

Numerous communities are warning residents to be wary of downed power lines and possible debris in roadways. As always, drivers should never attempt to cross a water-covered roadway. Flash-flooding conditions can be very dangerous. Turn Around; Don’t Drown!

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Hickman County search ends with body recovery

This information is an update to the number of deaths for the storms and flash flooding.

Deaths:
Lawrence Co. – 1
Hickman Co. – 1

Searchers in Hickman County recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy on Saturday morning. He had been swept away after his mother tried to drive a van through high water on Thursday.

June 6, 2014

Flooding situation stablizing; search on-going in Hickman County

CURRENT SITUATION

The State Emergency Operations Center remains at a Level III – State of Emergency from the severe weather overnight and through the day on June 5. Power outages and reports of damage from flash flooding are the primary concerns. The severe weather has caused one fatality in Lawrence County from a vehicle trapped in high water. A search and rescue operation continues in Hickman County. There are no unmet needs or requests for state assistance currently.

New information:


Transportation:

State Route 22 is closed due to flooding; State Route 436 is closed until repairs can be made.

Communications:
Lincoln Medical Center took a lightning strike yesterday morning which impacted phone service. The ambulance service has reported issues with their primary radio system which is being addressed. Lincoln Medical Center EMS is operating on a state frequency. No interruption in response has occurred.

Health:
Delta Medical Center (Shelby County) is still on diversion, running on backup power as the transformers are repaired. No other impacts to facility to report. No relocation of patients from the hospital is planned.

Search & Rescue:
Water search operation in Hickman County is still ongoing; Williamson and Perry Counties are assisting in the search.

Further updates on hold
At this time, the situation is stable. If that changes enough to warrant new updates, TEMA will publish new information.

June 5, 2014

8 p.m. Update on Severe Storms and Flooding

CURRENT SITUATION

The State Emergency Operations Center remains at a Level III – State of Emergency from the severe weather overnight and through the day on June 5. Power outages and reports of damage from flash flooding are the primary concerns. The severe weather has caused one fatality in Lawrence County from a vehicle trapped in high water. A search and rescue operation continues in Hickman County. There are no unmet needs or requests for state assistance currently.

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Update on Severe Weather and Flooding

CURRENT SITUATION

Numerous severe weather bands have caused heavy rain, flooding, thunderstorms, dangerous lightning and strong straight line winds in West and Middle Tennessee, throughout the overnight hours and daytime on June 5, 2014. Flooding from the severe weather has caused one fatality in Tennessee when a vehicle drove into high water in Lawrence County this morning. (more…)

TEMA Monitoring Severe Weather

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has raised its activation to Level IV-Elevated due to the forecast for severe weather and the potential for flash flooding in the state. (more…)

May 11, 2014

State of Emergency Ends After Debris Cleanup in Lincoln County

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville returned to Level V – Normal operations at 6 am, Central, on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (more…)

April 30, 2014

Situation report on April tornado impacts

CURRENT SITUATION

This information is current as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

New Information is in Bold.

Search operations have concluded in all counties and all life-safety needs have been met at this time. The state has transitioned fully into recovery operations as of this date. (more…)

April 29, 2014

Update on Tennessee Severe Storm Response

CURRENT SITUATION

This information is current as of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
TEMA personnel are still monitoring ongoing weather conditions to include threats of flash flooding, hail and wind damage per the National Weather Service. (more…)

Situational Update: Lincoln County Tornado & TN Severe Storms

This information is current as of 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Nashville remains at a Level III – State of Emergency following the overnight severe storms in the state, including a tornado in Lincoln County, and the statewide potential for severe weather this afternoon and evening.
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Situational Update: Two fatalities Confirmed in Lincoln County

Situational Update: This information is current as of 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

The state has confirmed two fatalities occurred when a tornado touched down in Lincoln County last night.

Emergency officials in Lincoln County have requested several state assets, which were coordinated through the State’s Emergency Operation Center. (more…)

April 28, 2014

Situational Update on Severe Storm Impacts for Tennessee

Situation Report

Minor impacts have been seen throughout the day, but no direct requests for assistance have been made to the State Emergency Operations Center.

This information is current, as of 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014. (more…)

State of Emergency Declared; Forecasts Point to Severe Weather Threats

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Nashville today is activating to Level III. A State of Emergency exists in Tennessee, as of 12 p.m., Central time, on April 28, 2014.

Tennessee is forecast to experience an outbreak of severe storms producing heavy rain and strong, damaging winds. There is a possibility these storms will produce long-track or strong tornadoes. (more…)

March 9, 2014

State of Emergency Ends for Severe Winter Weather

The State Emergency Operations Center returned to Level V – Normal activation at 4 p.m. Central on Friday, March 7, 2014. (more…)

March 5, 2014

Winter Weather Update

TEMA personnel are still monitoring ongoing power, road and weather conditions, particularly in West Tennessee, following the severe winter weather that began on March 2 and spread ice, sleet and snow across the state. (more…)

March 4, 2014

Situation Update on Tennessee Weather and Interstates

CURRENT SITUATION

The severe winter weather that brought freezing rain, sleet and snow to Tennessee has moved out of the state. (more…)

March 3, 2014

Situational update on winter storm impact

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) was activated yesterday to a Level III: State of Emergency in response to potential winter weather impacts moving across the State. Throughout last night and this morning, numerous counties across Tennessee reported ice, snow, & sleet accumulations creating hazardous road conditions, downed power lines & trees, and isolated power outages.

This information is current, as of 4 p.m. on Monday. (more…)

Governor closes state offices for Monday

Due to continuing hazardous weather conditions across Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam has closed state offices for the remainder of the day statewide.

Mission critical state employees will report to work as usual.

Situational update on winter storm impact

A fifth strong cold front of the winter caused widespread freezing rain, sleet and snow in Tennessee on March 2-3, 2014. The sleet and icy precipitation has caused power outages and hazardous road conditions across the state.

This information is current, as of 8 a.m. on Monday morning. (more…)

March 2, 2014

TEMA Activates to Level III – State of Emergency due to Winter Weather

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has activated to Level III-State of Emergency due to the developing winter weather situation across the state. (more…)

TEMA Elevates Activation with Freezing Rain Potential

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated at Level IV-Elevated as sub-freezing temperatures dip into Tennessee today bringing the potential for freezing rain, sleet and snow. (more…)

February 20, 2014

TEMA Monitoring Severe Weather

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has raised its activation to Level IV-Elevated due to the forecast for severe weather this afternoon and overnight in the state. (more…)

February 13, 2014

Winter Precipitation Moving Out of Tennessee

The State Emergency Operations Center remains at Level III – State of Emergency due to severe winter weather conditions in East Tennessee. All Interstates are open and moving; however travelers should still use caution particularly along Interstates 40, 81 and 26 in East Tennessee. (more…)

February 12, 2014

TEMA Activates to Level III – State of Emergency due to Winter Weather

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has activated to Level III-State of Emergency due to the developing winter weather situation across the state. (more…)

February 4, 2014

Icy Conditions in West Tennessee, Expected in Middle Tennessee

West Tennessee is currently experiencing icing conditions along with some counties in northern Tennessee along the Kentucky border. (more…)

January 31, 2014

TEMA Monitoring Winter Weather

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service shows Tennessee could experience a winter weather event over the weekend and into Monday, which means Sunday Super Bowl revelers and Monday morning commuters could see snow flurries and possible accumulations. (more…)

January 21, 2014

TEMA at Level IV – Elevated Activation for Arctic Front & Propane Emergency

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has activated to a Level IV – Elevated status to monitor weather and road conditions, and to manage any local requests for resources or assistance due to the approaching cold front and sustained period of subfreezing temperatures. (more…)

Be Ready for Long Period of Subfreezing Temperatures in Tennessee

The second arctic cold front of 2014 is coming to Tennessee Tuesday.

The front will bring a prolonged period of subfreezing temperatures, which may remain in place through Saturday. The National Weather Service expects low temperatures in the single digits and teens, with highs only reaching the 20s or 30s. Light snow is predicted in the lower elevations of Tennessee with heavier amounts and accumulations on the plateau and the mountains. (more…)

January 6, 2014

State of Emergency Ends; Cold Temperatures to Remain

The State of Tennessee Emergency Operations Center will stand down to Level IV – Elevated, effective at 4 P.M. on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. This terminates the State of Emergency for the Severe Winter Weather Storm. (more…)

Situation Update – Tennessee Severe Winter Weather

The following is TEMA’s situation report on the severe winter weather in Tennessee. This information is current as of 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. (more…)

January 5, 2014

Situation Update – Tennessee Severe Winter Weather

The following is TEMA’s situation report on the severe winter weather in Tennessee. This information is current as of 10 p.m., CDT, on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (more…)

State of Emergency Declared for Tennessee as Severe Winter Weather Moves In

The State Emergency Operations Center set its activation at Level III-State of Emergency at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (more…)

January 3, 2014

Bitter Cold and Snow Expected in Tennessee

An arctic cold front will move into Tennessee late Saturday night bringing the coldest air to the state in more than 20 years, according to the latest from the National Weather Service. Rain is expected at first on Saturday in Middle Tennessee with a changeover to snow on Sunday. (more…)

December 21, 2013

TEMA watches for severe weather

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has activated to a Level IV – Elevated status due to the risk of severe weather in Tennessee this weekend. (more…)

December 7, 2013

Winter weather update; freezing temperatures with minimal icing

The following is TEMA’s current situation report on the winter storm impact in Tennessee. This information is current as of 8:30 a.m., CDT, on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

All precipitation has moved out of the State at this time; however temperatures have significantly dropped since last report and are staying in the mid 20’s across West and Middle Tennessee for most of the day. (more…)

December 6, 2013

TEMA Status Update on Winter Storm Impacts

The following is TEMA’s current situation report on the winter storm impact in Tennessee. This information is current as of 3:30 p.m., CDT, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. New/Updated information is in italics. (more…)

Emergency preparedness for power outages & preventing falls

In General

• To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
• If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away food that has a temperature higher than 40°F.
• Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
• In cold weather, wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
• Avoid power lines and use electric tools and appliances safely to prevent electrical shock.

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Weather Conditions Expected to Deteriorate Today

The following is TEMA’s current situation report on the winter storm preparations. This information is current as of 7 a.m., CDT, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2013. (more…)

December 5, 2013

TEMA Status Update on Winter Storm Preparations

The following is TEMA’s current situation report on the winter storm preparations. This information is current as of 4 p.m., CDT, on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
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Tennessee Declares State of Emergency due to Ice and Flooding.

The State of Tennessee has declared a State of Emergency, as of noon, CST, on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, due to forecasts for freezing rain and icy conditions in West Tennessee and the potential for flooding in Middle and East Tennessee. (more…)

December 3, 2013

Winter weather possible for TN’s West and Middle; Neighbor states also prepare for rain and snow

National Weather Service forecasts show an increasing likelihood that two rounds of severe winter weather may impact Tennessee this week, on Thursday night into Friday and again Friday night into Saturday. (more…)

November 26, 2013

TEMA watching winter weather

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville activated to Level IV-Elevated status as of 1 p.m., Central on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. The elevated status is due to the potential for winter weather conditions in Middle and East Tennessee. (more…)

July 17, 2013

Upcoming TEMA and DOE forum will highlight “Partnerships in Emergency Management”

The 10th Annual Oak Ridge Emergency Management Forum is Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., at the Y-12 New Hope Center. This year’s theme is “Back To Basics: Partnerships in Emergency Management.”

The Forum is tailored for emergency managers, first responders (emergency medical services, law enforcement, security, firefighting, etc.), hospitals, health departments, and emergency management organizations.

Through the Forum, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge Office (ORO) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), communicate current emergency management issues that affect the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) and several neighboring cities and counties. The Forum gives DOE and TEMA an opportunity to network with emergency management professionals in the East Tennessee area.

Online registration is available until Thurs., July 25, 2013 at: http://www.oakridge.doe.gov/oremforum, under “2013 EM Forum.” (more…)

May 2, 2013

Approaching weather system may bring heavy rain and more flooding to Tennessee

The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated at Level III – State of Emergency as a result of the severe weather system that brought heavy precipitation into middle Tennessee and parts of west and east Tennessee from April 26 to April 28, 2013.

Another rainy weather system will move into Tennessee on Friday, May 3, 2013. The National Weather Service says this system has the potential to bring heavy rains again to Tennessee, starting Friday and continuing into the weekend. The National Weather Service doesn’t expect rain amounts similar to last weekend’s system, but the wet ground and above normal river levels will make areas vulnerable to flooding.

The following is an update on the April 26 to April 28, storms, as of 3 p.m., CDT, on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

CURRENT SITUATION

• All life-safety measures have been met. No deaths reported.
• There are no requests for state assistance at this time.
• U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) and Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) River Operations expect river levels to remain high for the next 10 days, even with no rain.
• ACOE and TVA releasing water to lower river storage pools and accommodate additional rain.
• ACOE monitoring levee conditions in Lake County, due to rain forecast for the Mississippi River.

COUNTY UPDATES

Stewart County – Local officials report 100 homes impacted (28 destroyed, 22 with major damage, and 36 with minor damage) with an estimated $2 million in road damage.

Houston County – Damage assessments from local officials report five to 10 homes with minor flood damage. Houston County Middle School also received minor flood damage. County officials estimate about $800,000 in road damage, including three impacted bridges.

Henry County – Officials report five mobile homes destroyed with road damage estimated at $100,000.

Fayette County – One reported injury and a damaged rural church from a confirmed EF-1 tornado with 105 mph wind speeds on April 27.

Tennesseans are encouraged to monitor broadcast news and electronic media for the latest weather information.

News media can call TEMA at (615) 741-0482. More updates will be posted as they become available. Also, weather information, road conditions and shelter information is available on the ReadyTN smartphone application, available for Android phones, and on iPhone and iPad.

April 30, 2013

TEMA monitoring rivers; emergency declared for flooding

State Emergency Operations Center has gone to Level III activation, declaring a state of emergency, as of 0800 Hrs Central Time on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

CURRENT SITUATION, as of April 30, 2013 – 0900 Hrs. CST

• All life-safety measures have been met. No deaths reported.
• There are no requests for state assistance at this time.
• Currently, river flooding has crested, however river levels remain elevated. (more…)

April 12, 2013

TEMA Winds Down Response to Monroe County Storm Damage

TEMA has issued this final situation report on the state’s response actions in East Tennessee to support Monroe County.

CURRENT SITUATION, as of 1500 Hrs. CST,

• All life safety measures have been met, the response phase has ended we have entered recovery phase.

• The State Emergency Operations Center will scale back to Level IV at 1800 Hrs. Friday. There are no further requests for state assistance at this time.

• Damaged structures in Monroe Co.:

Destroyed: 2 (both rental trailers)
Major: 5
Minor: 14
Affected: 14

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April 11, 2013

Tennessee Declares State of Emergency for Storm Damage in Monroe Co.

The State of Tennessee has declared a State of Emergency, as of 9:25 p.m., CST, on Thursday, April 11, 2013, due to a possible tornado and report of damage in Madisonville.

The State Emergency Operations Center currently is activated to Level III. (more…)

March 25, 2013

State of Emergency Ends for Sevier County Wildfire

The State Emergency Operations Center returned to Level 5 – Normal activation at 2 p.m., CST on Friday, March 22, 2013. All life safety measures for the Sevier County wildfire have been met and there are no unmet needs.

March 21, 2013

National Weather Service Calls for Springtime Winter Storm


A Winter storm is expected to develop across portions of West Tennessee this afternoon and move into Middle Tennessee in the evening. The National Weather Service in Memphis says accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are possible with the heaviest snowfall expected around 4 p.m.

The best chance for precipitation will be over the western counties of Middle Tennessee Thursday night. On Friday, the entire Middle region has a chance of precipitation with the chances being greatest over the southern counties.

Significant amounts of snowfall can make travel dangerous. Stay tuned to television and radio news outlets for the latest weather updates. Also, download the ReadyTN smartphone application for the current information on weather and road conditions.

March 20, 2013

TEMA Update on Sevier County, TN Fire

The following is TEMA’s current situation report on the Sevier County, Tenn. fires. This information is current as of 11 a.m., CDT, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

CURRENT SITUATION

• The State Emergency Operations Center is remaining at a Level III-State of Emergency for continued monitoring of the situation.

• TN Division of Forestry has 17 personnel and five engines on the fire grounds in Sevier County to patrol, monitor and watch for hot spots and flare-ups.

• All other State personnel and resources have demobilized. The American Red Cross has closed the shelter at Pigeon Forge Community Center.

• The National Weather Service issued a fire weather advisory for East Tennessee today due to forecasted westerly winds of 15 to 20 m.p.h. and low humidity that will lead to dryer conditions.

• Forestry is also limiting or restricting burn permits in its East Tennessee District today. More information available at www.burnsafetn.org.

• The Fire Management Assistance Grant Declaration requested by TEMA was denied by FEMA due largely to the diminishing scale of the wildfire threat.

• A lightning fire and an arson fire occurred last night in Hancock County, Tenn. Fire crews have returned to the lightning fire this morning to put in containment lines. The arson fire is out.

PRIORITIES

• Support local government and state agencies in the firefighting effort.
• Capture and document response efforts and costs.
• Transition from response to recovery phase.

News media can call TEMA at (615) 741-0482. More updates on the fire will be posted as they become available. Also, weather information, road conditions and shelter information is available on the ReadyTN smartphone app, available for Android phones, and on iPhone and iPad.

Weather Conditions Contribute to Increased Fire Danger in East Tennessee


The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts early sunshine and breezy westerly winds will dry out fuel moisture over East Tennessee.

This will create an increased fire danger through sunset as low afternoon relative humidity falls into the 20 to 30 percent range. The NWS expects westerly winds of 15 to 20 m.p.h. with higher gusts in the highest terrain this afternoon.

Residents of East Tennessee are discouraged from burning this afternoon due to this increase potential for fire growth and spread.

Click for the NWS fire weather planning forecast for East Tennessee.


March 19, 2013

TEMA Update on Sevier County, TN Fire

The following is TEMA’s current situation report on the Sevier County, Tenn. fires. This information is current as of 4 p.m., CDT, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

• Though there are no unmet needs at this time for the fire response in Sevier County, the State Emergency Operations Center will remain at a Level III-State of Emergency for continued monitoring of the situation and to support local government efforts.

• Fire crews will continue to watch the fire’s perimeter, digging and burying any materials still burning or smoldering, watching for hot spots and flare ups, and removing burned trees that could fall and cause injuries.

• Weather forecast for tonight says slight chance of showers with lows around 20 degrees.

• The Pigeon Forge Command Post has closed for the evening.

• The American Red Cross shelter at the Pigeon Forge Community Center has closed.

• The TN Division of Forestry anticipates pulling teams out this evening and returning tomorrow morning.

• All TN Highway Patrol strike teams have demobilized.

• All four (4) TN National Guard helicopters have demobilized.

• The Fire Management Assistance Grant Declaration requested by TEMA was denied by FEMA due largely to the diminishing scale of the wildfire threat.

News media can call TEMA at (615) 741-0482. More updates on the fire will be posted as they become available. Also, weather information, road conditions and shelter information is available on the ReadyTN smartphone app, available for Android phones, and on iPhone and iPad.

TEMA Status Update on the Sevier County, TN Fire

The following is TEMA’s current situation report on the Sevier County, Tenn. fires. This information is current as of 11 a.m., CDT, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

CURRENT SITUATION

The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated to a Level III-State of Emergency.

• Rain and cooler temperatures have brought relief to the fire in Sevier County, resulting in a reduced threat of blazes and flare ups.

• The fire fight is not over, yet, as fire crews today will be monitoring the fire’s perimeter, digging and burying any materials still burning or smoldering, watching for hot spots and flare ups, and removing burned trees that could fall and cause injuries.

• The fire has impacted 65 homes – 59 destroyed and 6 damaged – and covers approximately 161 acres.

• About 150 people have been evacuated from the area.

• The Tennessee National Guard has demobilized its four helicopters used for reconnaissance and water drops.

• THP has also demobilized its strike team and personnel from the area.

• There are no unmet needs at this time, according to the local responding agencies.

• At one point more than 50 local and state agencies, and 200 personnel were involved in the fire response.

• Weather forecast for the area says a cold front will keep temperatures in the mid-forties, with lower humidity today, and a slight chance of showers tonight with lows around 20 degrees.

• The wildfire began and spread rapidly around 4:20 p.m., EDST, on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Black Bear Ridge Resort in the Wears Valley area of Sevier County.

• TEMA activated to a Level III- State of Emergency at 7 a.m., CDST, on Monday, March 18, 2013.



CONFIRMED FATALITIES & INJURIES (By County)

• Two (2) minor injuries reported, but not transported to hospitals.

• No reports of fatalities.



SHELTER INFO

• One (1) shelter remains open at the Pigeon Forge Community Center.

• Hotels in the area are still letting evacuees stay for free.



RESPONSE ACTIVITIES

• TEMA submitted the request for Fire Management Grant to FEMA on 3/18/13. FEMA has denied the request.

• Incident Command Post open today at Wears Valley Road.

• Tennessee Division of Forestry keeping 50 personnel, six fire engines and eight tenders at the scene.



PRIORITIES

• Support local government and state agencies in the firefighting effort.

• Capture and document response efforts and costs.

• Evaluate criteria to transition from response to recovery phase.


News media can call TEMA at (615) 741-0482. More updates on the fire will be posted as they become available. Also, weather information, road conditions and shelter information is available on the ReadyTN smartphone app, available for Android phones, and on iPhone and iPad.

March 18, 2013

TEMA Status Report on the Sevier County, TN Fires

The following is TEMA’s current situation report on the Sevier County, Tenn. fires. This information is current as of 1 p.m., CDT, on Monday, March 18, 2013.

CURRENT SITUATION

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated to a Level III-State of Emergency, as of 7 a.m., CDST, on Monday, March 18, 2013.

    • A wildfire began and spread rapidly around 4:20 p.m., EDST, on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Black Bear Ridge Resort in the Wears Valley area of Sevier County.

    • The fire has damaged or destroyed about 58 buildings and covers approximately 161 acres.

    The fire was contained until around 1 p.m. EDST, but has breached containment and is now threatening 15 to 20 homes in the Priscilla Heights area, and threatens the Pine Crest and Pine Ridge areas.

    • About 150 people have been evacuated from the area. More evacuations are underway with the fire containment breach.

    • With the dry and very windy conditions, the potential exists for the fire to jump a ridgeline and threaten Pigeon Forge.

    • The wind speed in the area is expected to be 24 mph around 3 p.m., EDST, and could go higher, which may ground air assets.

    • Propane tank explosions are also a hazardous materials concern.

    • A storm front is moving across Tennessee and is expected to bring an inch of rain to the East TN area by Tuesday morning.


CONFIRMED FATALITIES & INJURIES (By County)

• No reports of injuries or fatalities currently


SHELTER INFO

• One (1) shelter open at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. Currently no occupants.

• Many hotels in the area are letting evacuees stay for free.


RESPONSE ACTIVITIES

• Sevier County has activated its Wildland Fire Group.

• 25 fire departments responding, including Jefferson, Cocke, Blount and Anderson Counties and the cities of Wallace Creek, Wares Valley, Sevierville and Oak Ridge.

• Tennessee Division of Forestry coordinating fire response and personnel.

• TEMA has deployed East TN Regional Director Bill Worth and four Area Coordinators to the scene to assist local emergency responders with requests for resources.

• Tennessee National Guard deployed four helicopters to the area for reconnaissance and water drops.

• Tennessee Highway Patrol strike team re-deployed strike team to assist with local response.

• Sevier County has taken over road closures.

• Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance deployed Incident Management Team.

• American Red Cross has deployed an emergency relief vehicle at the scene to help with emergency needs.

News media can call TEMA at (615) 741-0482. More updates on the fire will be posted as they become available. Also, weather information, road conditions and shelter information is available on the ReadyTN smartphone app, available for Android phones, and on iPhone and iPad.


Tennessee Declares State of Emergency due to East Tennessee Fires

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated to Level 3 -State of Emergency as of 7 a.m., CDT, on Monday, March 18, 2013 in support of the fires in Sevier County.

The fire in Sevier County, which began around 4:20 p.m., EDT, Sunday afternoon, has damaged or destroyed 35 structures and covers more than 130 acres.

There are no reports of fatalities or injuries at this time. However, about 150 people have been evacuated from the area and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Sevier County declared a State of Emergency for the county Sunday and is working with numerous local fire departments and state agencies to contain the fire.

Additional updates will be posted as more information becomes available. News media may call the TEMA media line at 615-741-0482.

February 1, 2013

State of Emergency Ends for Tornadoes, Straight-line winds and Flooding

Tennessee has ended the State of Emergency that began Jan. 30, 2013, when a severe weather system caused tornadoes, damaging winds and flooding across the state.

Emergency officials have addressed all life safety issues and fulfilled county requests for assistance, and there are no current unmet needs.

Because state emergency personnel are still assisting local counties and communities with storm-damage assessments, the state emergency operations center has set its activation at Level 4-Elevated, as of noon on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Under state law, a state of emergency exists for 60 days from its declaration, unless extended for another 60-day period or terminated.

Status Report on Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds & Flooding

CURRENT SITUATION

• State Emergency Operations Center remains at Level-3 and a State of Emergency is in effect.
• Snow fell across portions of Tennessee on Thursday, Jan. 31, and one county (Sumner) reported icing impacting road conditions.
• Impacted counties continue to survey storm damage
• The National Weather Service has confirmed 12 tornado touchdowns. NWS may combine tornado tracks so the number may change. (more…)