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March 17, 2015

Tennessee Among Four States for National EAS Test Wednesday


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with state and tribal emergency managers and state broadcasting associations, will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The test will begin at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and will last approximately one minute.


“The goal of the test is to assess the operational readiness and effectiveness of the EAS to deliver a national emergency test message to radio, television and cable providers who broadcast lifesaving alerts and emergency information to the public,” said Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator of FEMA’s National Continuity Programs. “The only way to demonstrate the resilience of the system’s infrastructure is through comprehensive testing to ensure that members of tribes, and the residents of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, receive alerts when an emergency occurs.”


The test will be seen and heard over radio and television in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, similar to regular monthly testing of the EAS conducted by state officials and broadcasters. The test message will be nearly identical to the regular monthly tests of the EAS normally heard by public. Only the word “national” will be added to the test message:


“This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test…”
The test is designed to have limited impact on the public, with only minor disruptions of radio and television programs that normally occur when broadcasters regularly test EAS in their area. Broadcasters and cable operators’ participation in the test is completely voluntary. There is no Federal Communications Commission regulatory liability for stations that choose not to participate.


In 2007, FEMA began modernizing the nation’s public alert and warning system by integrating new technologies into existing alert systems. The new system is known to broadcasters and local alerting officials as the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System or IPAWS. IPAWS connects public safety officials, such as emergency managers, police and fire departments, to multiple communications channels to send alerts to warn when a disaster happens. For more information, please visit www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/31814.

March 6, 2015

State of Emergency Ends in Tennessee at 4 p.m, CST, on 3/6/15


This is TEMA’s update to indicate the State Emergency Operations Center has stepped down to a Level IV-Elevated activation. This ends the State of Emergency in Tennessee, effective at 4 p.m., CST, on Friday, March 6, 2015. The information below includes a region-by-region update as well as a timeline of the progression of our activation levels since Feb. 16. This will be the last update on TEMA’s winter weather response. More updates will be provided as we move into the recovery phase from this emergency. –Dean


CURRENT SITUATION
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has downgraded its activation to a Level IV – Elevated status ending the State of Emergency in Tennessee.


There are no unmet needs reported in Tennessee from the recent winter storm and cold weather, and the SEOC has no outstanding requests for assistance from counties.


REGION-BY-REGION
West Region – No major issues, just a few wrecks. No reports of widespread power outages. No unmet needs. Regional Coordination Center will close at 4:30 p.m., CST.


Middle Region – Interstates clear but back roads still icy in areas. No reports of widespread power outages. No unmet needs. Regional Coordination Center closed 3/5/15.


East Region – Flooding threat has subsided in Claiborne County. Some roads closed in a few counites. No shelters open. No reports of widespread power outages. Regional Coordination Center will close at 5:30 p.m., EST.


SEOC ACTIVATION TIMELINE

Level III – State of Emergency at 9 p.m., CST, on Feb. 16, 2015
Level II – State of Emergency at 3 p.m., CST, on Feb. 21, 2015
Level III – State of Emergency at 2 p.m., CST, on March 3, 2015
Level IV – Elevated at 4 p.m., CST, on March 6, 2015


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

TEMA’s 11 a.m., CST, Update on Tennessee’s State of Emergency 3/6/15


This is TEMA’s 11 a.m., CST, update on Tennessee’s State of Emergency. We have an additional confirmed fatality from Hamilton County this morning, bringing our total fatalities from this weather system to four. We are watching some flooding issues in Gibson and Claiborne counties. Otherwise, we do not have any reports of unmet needs in the state.


CURRENT SITUATION
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains at a Level III – State of Emergency and the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan remains activated due to the previous severe winter storm.


Very cold temperatures are in place today across Tennessee, the last remnant of a winter weather system that brought freezing rain, sleet heavy snowfall and heavy rain to the state beginning on Mar. 4.


The SEOC has confirmed another fatality this morning of a confirmed of a 55-year-old-male from a motor vehicle accident this morning in Hamilton County.


Interstates in Tennessee are in good shape and moving. Patches of ice and sleet remain on Interstates and secondary roads, so motorists are still advised to use caution when travelling. TDOT is also keeping a message board in place on I-24 west bound warning motorists about the hazardous driving conditions in Kentucky.


The National Guard has five units still on standby in Obion, Cookeville, Dickson and Jackson to assist motorists and address other life safety needs.


The SEOC is also monitoring flooding potential from levee issues in Gibson County, and in Claiborne County on the Powell and Clinch rivers.


All shelters in Tennessee are closed. There are no widespread power outages. The SEOC is not receiving any reports of unmet needs in Tennessee.


FATALITIES
There are four (4) confirmed weather-related fatalities form this winter weather system:

• Campbell County: One (1) fatality: 61-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/5/15
• Dickson County: One (1) fatality: 46-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/5/15
• Hamilton County : One (1) fatality: 64-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/6/15
• Wilson County: One (1) fatality: 35-year-old, female, motor vehicle accident on 3/4/15


PRIORITIES

• Address life safety needs
• Support local governments and resource requests
• Continue to assess and address roadway conditions
• Assist stranded motorists and conduct sheltering operations when needed
• Monitor changes to weather conditions
• Prepare for transition from response to recovery mode


State Agencies working at the SEOC, in the field or other locations on the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commission on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

March 5, 2015

TEMA’s 3 p.m., CST, Update on 3/5/15 on Tennessee State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s 3 p.m, CST, update on Tennessee’s State of Emergency. We have increased to three confirmed fatalities in the state from this current weather system. These fatalities have all been motor-vehicle related. We are also working with TDOT and THP closely to monitor, and be ready for, any spillover impact from the I-24 and I-65 issues in Ky.


CURRENT SITUATION
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains at a Level III – State of Emergency and the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan remains activated due to the previous severe winter storm.


The winter precipitation is moving out of Tennessee. Interstates are in good shape with traffic moving, though slowly in spots, due to ice and snow.


While Interstate traffic in Tennessee is flowing, heavy snowfall has caused traffic issues on both I-24 and I-65 in Kentucky. TDOT has placed a message board at Exit 8 on I-24 west bound in Tennessee warning motorist I-24 is closed a mile-marker 86 in Kentucky. TDOT is also announcing that driving conditions on I-24 and I-65 both in Kentucky are treacherous and motorists should be take notice.


The Tennessee National Guard is moving four units to Nashville to place on standby for wellness checks in case I-65 issues in Kentucky begin impacting Tennessee. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tennessee Parks are also on standby to assist with any motorist wellness checks. Tennessee Highway Patrol is also flying reconnaissance missions over I-24 and I-65 to monitor traffic.


The temperatures are expected to stay below freezing through midday Friday. This will keep many roadways slick and hazardous for an extended period of time in West and Middle Tennessee.


FATALITIES
There are three (3) confirmed weather-related fatalities form this winter weather system:

• Campbell County: One (1) fatality, 61-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/5/15
• Dickson County: One (1) fatality, 46-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/5/15
• Wilson County: One (1) fatality, 35-year-old, female, motor vehicle accident on 3/4/15


POWER OUTAGES
There are no reports of widespread power outages, but localized outages are possible.


SHELTERS
There are two Red Cross shelters on standby:

• Campbell Co – First Baptist Church
• Campbell Co – Lafollette Rec Center


COUNTY-BY-COUNTY UPDATES

The heaviest snow impact is in the northwest corner of Tennessee and in counties north of I-25 in the state. Some counties are also reporting flood impacts.


Campbell County – State Route 297 in Campbell County is closed due to flooding.


Claiborne County – Local EMA reports Powell River at highest flow in five years at Jonesville, VA.


Gibson County – Local EMA monitoring three breaks in levees that could impact water treatment plant, the jail and three homes.


Hancock County – Flooding is reported on State Route 33 in Hancock County.


Montgomery County – Reporting six inches of snow in Clarksville, higher amounts near the Kentucky state line.


Obion County – Heavy snow has impacted travel in the county, especially for emergency medical services. One National Guard unit is assisting Baptist Hospital in Obion County to follow on ambulance runs to assist transporting ambulance crew if access issues.


Robertson County – Reports of 8 to 10 inches of snow with reports of wreckers clearing 18-wheelers stuck on hills.


Stewart County – Reports 12 inches of snow in the northwestern part of the county. The Stewart County Sheriff is using Humvees and heavy trucks to escort.


PRIORITIES

• Address life safety needs
• Support local governments
• Fulfill resource requests
• Monitor changing weather conditions
• Assess roadways and assist any stranded motorists


State Agencies working at the SEOC, in the field or other locations on the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

March 4, 2015

TEMA’s 1 p.m., CST, Update on Tennessee’s State of Emergency


This update concerns the current winter storm potential for Tennessee, starting today Mar. 4, 2015. Please see the previous website posts for detailed updates and information from the ice storm that impacted the state beginning on Feb. 16, 2015.


CURRENT SITUATION


The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains at a Level III – State of Emergency and the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan remains activated due to the previous severe winter storm.


A major, late winter storm will spread across much of West and Middle Tennessee this afternoon and tonight bringing sub-freezing temperatures and causing rain to change to freezing rain, sleet and snow before ending Thursday.


A Winter Storm Warning is in now in effect for West Tennessee until 9 a.m. Thursday. A Winter Storm Warning is in place for Middle Tennessee until Thursday morning, along and north of I-40. A Winter Weather Advisory also is in place south of I-40 but could change to a Winter Weather Warning later today. A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for parts of East Tennessee. A Winter Storm Warning will be in place from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday for the Cumberland Plateau area to around Middlesboro.


Snowfall in the warning areas could be between 2 and 6 inches with about a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation.


Main Threats: Power Outages – Hazardous Roadway Conditions


RESPONSE ACTIONS

• The National Guard has four units on standby in Cookeville, Dickson, Jackson and Murfreesboro to assist with wellness checks and other life-safety needs should they arise.

• TDOT is loading trucks with salt to begin spreading as soon as it starts snowing.

• TEMA’s East, Middle and West regional offices are staffed and polling counties for situational awareness and information on conditions.

• SEOC holding weather update calls with National Weather Service offices in Tennessee.

• There are no shelters currently open in Tennessee and no reports of power outages from the current weather system.


PRIORITIES
• Address life safety needs
• Support local governments
• Fulfill resource requests
• Monitor changing weather conditions
• Assess roadways and assist any stranded motorists


KEY MESSAGES

• Monitor local radio and television broadcasts, and NOAA Weather Radio, for updates on weather conditions.
• Call 511, or visit www.tn511.com, before traveling into areas affected by severe winter weather for updates from TDOT on hazardous roadway conditions.
• Call *THP (*847) from any mobile phone if your vehicle gets stranded to be connected to the closest Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatcher who can send help.
• Call 911 in the event of an emergency.
• If your vehicle becomes stranded or you are involved in an accident, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.
• Travel with emergency supplies, including blankets, water, a windshield scraper, a flash light with fresh batteries, jumper cables and a first aid kit.
• Ensure your vehicle has plenty of fuel and that tires are properly inflated.
• Use extreme caution and take the roadways that have been treated with salt or brine.


Download the ReadyTN smartphone app for weather, road and preparedness information.


State Agencies working at the SEOC, in the field or other locations on the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

March 2, 2015

TEMA 2 p.m., CST, Update on Tennessee State of Emergency 3/2/15

This is TEMA’s 2 p.m., CST, update on Tennessee State of Emergency, indicating we have dropped to a Level III activation. This will be the final update today. We will monitor the incoming storm system and issue more updates as the weather situation progresses on Tuesday. –Dean


CURRENT SITUATION
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) stepped down to a Level III – State of Emergency at 2:00 p.m., CST, on March 2, 2015. The Tennessee Emergency Management Plant remains activated and Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency.


We are seeing a number of improvements in conditions from last week’s ice storm and severe winter weather as fewer customers are without power and fewer occupants are seeking shelter resources. Many counties impacted last week are also beginning to consider priorities for recovery and starting preliminary damage assessments, primarily in West Tennessee.


TEMA will maintain a presence in Cumberland and Fentress counties to help local EMA’s and officials with ongoing issues in those counties in ongoing power outages and continuing shelter missions.


Additionally, Tennessee could experience severe storms and heavy rain beginning on Tuesday, with another chance for winter precipitation, including the potential for sleet, snow and freezing rain, on Wednesday and very cold temperatures Thursday and Friday. The National Guard is standing by four units to assist with wellness checks for Wednesday for the Middle Tennessee area.


The Level III – State of Emergency will keep the SEOC in a circling pattern and ready to scale up should a mid-week winter weather system create hazardous conditions for Tennessee.


Tennessee went to a Level II-State of Emergency, at 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. Originally, TEMA elevated to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm at 9 p.m., CST, on Feb. 16, 2015.


SEOC PRIORITIES

• Address life safety needs
• Support local governments and resource requests
• Monitor changes to weather conditions
• Assist with debris removal and management
• Prepare for transition from response to recovery mode


FATALITIES
Tennessee has 30, confirmed, weather-related fatalities., Please note: This is the only information TEMA has regarding fatalities: county, gender, age and cause. If you need more information, please contact the local Emergency Medical Service, Medical Examiner, Emergency Management Agency or law enforcement of the county in which the fatality occurred.

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Bledsoe County – One (1) fatality: 55-year-old-male, hypothermia

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Cumberland County – One (1) fatality: 83-year-old male, carbon monoxide poisoning

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – One (1) fatalities: 70-year-old female, weather related;

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Wayne County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, weather related

• Weakley County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, fall, hypothermia related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

TEMA’s Update on Tennessee State of Emergency, 10:30 a.m., CST, on 3/2/15


This is TEMA’s 10:30 a.m., CST, update on the Tennessee State of Emergency. There was significant activity over the weekend in Cumberland County with TEMA transporting and setting up a radio tower to reinforce the county’s emergency communications. We are also watching for another winter weather system coming in mid-week.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015.


Over the weekend, TEMA worked with the Cumberland County EMA to install a mobile radio tower in the county to improve emergency communications among responders.


Multiple chainsaw crews are scheduled to work throughout the Cumberland Plateau. TDOT, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), TN Division of Forestry and National Guard units have supplied chainsaw crews to work side-by-side with local responders.


The SEOC is monitoring the forecast mid-week for another round of winter weather across Tennessee.


Priorities for the SEOC include: address life safety needs; support local governments and resource requests; continue to assess and address roadway conditions; assist stranded motorists and conduct sheltering operations when needed; monitor changes to weather conditions; assist with debris removal and management; and prepare for transition from response to recovery mode.


POWER OUTAGES
There are 2,379 customers without power in Tennessee, down from just under 8,000 Friday. The highest outages remain in Cumberland County (1,494), followed by White County (536)..


SHELTERS
There are two shelters open with 26 occupants:

• Crossville First United Methodist Church (23 occupants)
• Monterey Junction Professional Building (3 occupants)


FATALITIES
Tennessee has 30, confirmed, weather-related fatalities., Please note: This is the only information TEMA has regarding fatalities: county, gender, age and cause. If you need more information, please contact the local Emergency Medical Service, Medical Examiner, Emergency Management Agency or law enforcement of the county in which the fatality occurred.

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Bledsoe County – One (1) fatality: 55-year-old-male, hypothermia

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Cumberland County – One (1) fatality: 83-year-old male, carbon monoxide poisoning

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – One (1) fatalities: 70-year-old female, weather related;

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Wayne County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, weather related

• Weakley County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, fall, hypothermia related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 27, 2015

TEMA 2/27/15 Update on Fatalities


UPDATE ON FATALITIES


We moved higher in total fatalities this afternoon, back to 30, as we received confirmation of a weather-related death overnight in Bledsoe County of a 55-year-old male from hypothermia.

FATALITIES
Tennessee has 30, confirmed, weather-related fatalities., Please note: This is the only information TEMA has regarding fatalities: county, gender, age and cause. If you need more information, please contact the local Emergency Medical Service, Medical Examiner, Emergency Management Agency or law enforcement of the county in which the fatality occurred.

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Bledsoe County – One (1) fatality: 55-year-old-male, hypothermia

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Cumberland County – One (1) fatality: 83-year-old male, carbon monoxide poisoning

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – One (1) fatalities: 70-year-old female, weather related;

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Wayne County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, weather related

• Weakley County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, fall, hypothermia related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

TEMA’s 9 a.m., CST, Update on Tennessee’s State of Emergency


This information is current as of 9 a.m., CST, on Tennessee’s State of Emergency.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015.


It will be cold and windy in Tennessee today with a warming trend expected through the weekend.


Multiple chainsaw crews are scheduled to work throughout the Cumberland Plateau. TDOT, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), TN Division of Forestry and National Guard units have supplied chainsaw crews to work side-by-side with local responders.


Priorities for the SEOC include: address life safety needs; support local governments and resource requests; continue to assess and address roadway conditions; assist stranded motorists and conduct sheltering operations when needed; monitor changes to weather conditions; assist with debris removal and management; and prepare for transition from response to recovery mode.


POWER OUTAGES
There are 7,489 customers without power in Tennessee, down from 19,700 yesterday, with the highest outage in Cumberland County at 5,146. Other outages include: White (733); Putnam (608); Overton (549); and Fentress (429).


SHELTERS
There are five shelters open with 129 occupants:
• Cumberland Fellowship in Crossville (93 occupants)
• First Baptist Church of Jamestown (4 occupants)
• Monterey Junction Professional Building (3 occupants)
• National Guard Amory in Sparta (13 occupants)
• Wilson Elementary School in Crawford (16 occupants)


FATALITIES
Tennessee has 29, confirmed, weather-related fatalities., Please note: This is the only information TEMA has regarding fatalities: county, gender, age and cause. If you need more information, please contact the local Emergency Medical Service, Medical Examiner, Emergency Management Agency or law enforcement of the county in which the fatality occurred.

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Cumberland County – One (1) fatality: 83-year-old male, carbon monoxide poisoning

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – One (1) fatalities: 70-year-old female, weather related;

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Wayne County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, weather related

• Weakley County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, fall, hypothermia related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 26, 2015

TEMA Update on Fatalities


UPDATE ON FATALITIES
We are revising the weather-related fatality total in Tennessee downward to 29 confirmed. A press release from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office indicates only one of the fatalities in Sevier County was the result of hypothermia, while the other was due to an aneurism. If you have questions regarding the information, please contact the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.


Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015.


FATALITIES
Tennessee has 29, confirmed, weather-related fatalities., Please note: This is the only information TEMA has regarding fatalities: county, gender, age and cause. If you need more information, please contact the local Emergency Medical Service, Medical Examiner, Emergency Management Agency or law enforcement of the county in which the fatality occurred.

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Cumberland County – One (1) fatality: 83-year-old male, carbon monoxide poisoning

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – One (1) fatalities: 70-year-old female, weather related;

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Wayne County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, weather related

• Weakley County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, fall, hypothermia related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

TEMA 9 a.m., CST, Update on Tennessee State of Emergency


The following is current as of 9 a.m., CST, on Tennessee’s State of Emergency.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015.


The SEOC is monitoring another wave of winter precipitation moving into Tennessee with initial periods of sleet before conditions become favorable for snow accumulations.


A Winter Storm Warning is in place for portions of southwest Tennessee near the Tennessee River, with a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for the remainder of West Tennessee. The Winter Storm Warning will be in effect until midnight with the possibility of 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation.


Snow is expected across Middle Tennessee this afternoon and tonight with a Winter Storm Warning to be in effect at noon today through 6 a.m. Thursday, with 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation predicted.


East Tennessee can expect the winter weather system to move across the area this evening through Thursday morning, and produce heavy snow fall, accumulations of 4 to 7 inches are expected. A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from Wednesday at 1 p.m. through Thursday at 7 a.m.


Icing conditions cannot be ruled out, especially along Tennessee’s southern counties on the Alabama and Georgia borders.


Hazardous driving conditions are expected along with cold temperatures. This combination can affect travelers on roadways. The heavy, wet snow and ice may down trees and power lines with localized power outages possible.


Please monitor local TV and radio broadcasts for updates on this developing winter weather situation


POWER OUTAGES
There are 19,700 customers without power in Tennessee over five counties. This is down from around 36,000 without power last night. This total includes: Cumberland (14,000); Fentress (2,500); Overton (700); Putnam (1,300) and White (1,200).


SHELTERS
The American Red Cross has six shelters open in five counties with 224 occupants:

• Overton – Crawford, Wilson Elementary, 10 occupants
• Putnam – Cookeville, First United Methodist Church, 36 occupants
• Putnam – Monterey, First Baptist Church, 75 occupants
• Cumberland – Crossville, Cumberland Fellowship Baptist Church, 146 occupants
• White – Sparta, National Guard Armory, 36 occupants
• Fentress – Jamestown, First Baptist Church, 8 occupants


FATALITIES
Tennessee has 30, confirmed, weather-related fatalities., Please note: This is the only information TEMA has regarding fatalities: county, gender, age and cause. If you need more information, please contact the local Emergency Medical Service, Medical Examiner, Emergency Management Agency or law enforcement of the county in which the fatality occurred.

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Cumberland County – One (1) fatality: 83-year-old male, carbon monoxide poisoning

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – Two (2) fatalities,

- 70-year-old female, weather related;
- Male (age unknown), weather related

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Wayne County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, weather related

• Weakley County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, fall, hypothermia related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 25, 2015

TEMA 9 a.m., CST, Update on State of Emergency


The following information is current as of 9 a.m., CST, on Tennessee’s response to the State of Emergency.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015.


The SEOC is monitoring another wave of winter precipitation moving into Tennessee with initial periods of sleet before conditions become favorable for snow accumulations.


A Winter Storm Warning is in place for portions of southwest Tennessee near the Tennessee River, with a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for the remainder of West Tennessee. The Winter Storm Warning will be in effect until midnight with the possibility of 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation.


Snow is expected across Middle Tennessee this afternoon and tonight with a Winter Storm Warning to be in effect at noon today through 6 a.m. Thursday, with 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation predicted.


East Tennessee can expect the winter weather system to move across the area this evening through Thursday morning, and produce heavy snow fall, accumulations of 4 to 7 inches are expected. A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from Wednesday at 1 p.m. through Thursday at 7 a.m.


Icing conditions cannot be ruled out, especially along Tennessee’s southern counties on the Alabama and Georgia borders.


Hazardous driving conditions are expected along with cold temperatures. This combination can affect travelers on roadways. The heavy, wet snow and ice may down trees and power lines with localized power outages possible.


Please monitor local TV and radio broadcasts for updates on this developing winter weather situation


POWER OUTAGES
There are 19,700 customers without power in Tennessee over five counties. This is down from around 36,000 without power last night. This total includes: Cumberland (14,000); Fentress (2,500); Overton (700); Putnam (1,300) and White (1,200).


SHELTERS
The American Red Cross has six shelters open in five counties with 224 occupants:

• Overton – Crawford, Wilson Elementary, 10 occupants
• Putnam – Cookeville, First United Methodist Church, 36 occupants
• Putnam – Monterey, First Baptist Church, 75 occupants
• Cumberland – Crossville, Cumberland Fellowship Baptist Church, 146 occupants
• White – Sparta, National Guard Armory, 36 occupants
• Fentress – Jamestown, First Baptist Church, 8 occupants


FATALITIES
Tennessee has 30, confirmed, weather-related fatalities., Please note: This is the only information TEMA has regarding fatalities: county, gender, age and cause. If you need more information, please contact the local Emergency Medical Service, Medical Examiner, Emergency Management Agency or law enforcement of the county in which the fatality occurred.

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Cumberland County – One (1) fatality: 83-year-old male, carbon monoxide poisoning

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – Two (2) fatalities,

- 70-year-old female, weather related;
- Male (age unknown), weather related

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Wayne County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, weather related

• Weakley County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, fall, hypothermia related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 24, 2015

TEMA’s 6 p.m. Update on Tennessee’s State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s 6 p.m. update on the State of Emergency in Tennessee. This will be the final update today, unless there are significant developments this evening. Please note the Forecast section as we do have the possibility of winter precipitation moving back into Tennessee Wednesday. Be sure to check your local forecast for weather developments and potential hazards. -Dean


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015.


A number of state agencies were present in the Upper Cumberland region today to do emergency clearance of debris, support shelter missions, conduct welfare checks and work traffic issues.


State agencies are also working in West and Middle Tennessee to check roads, assist counties and taek care of life safety issues.


There is a potential for more winter precipitation moving into Tennessee Wednesday.


WEATHER FORECAST
West Tennessee will be in the high 30’s and partly cloudy. There is a ninety percent chance of snow Wednesday evening.


Middle Tennessee-A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from noon Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday with the possible snow accumulation of 1-2 inches. Low 40’s and partly cloudy today and low 20’s tonight; the rest of the week will remain in the high 30’s. A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect at noon for Middle Tennessee counties along the Alabama border. Wayne, Lawrence, Giles east to Grundy could see 2 to 4 inches of snow.


East Tennessee-Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday. Weather will remain partly cloudy with high in the 30’s today with lows in the 20’s tonight. There is a possibility of showers Wednesday evening with an accumulation of 1-3 inches, or more. Winter Storm Warning in effect as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.


POWER OUTAGES
There are 32,600 customers without power in Tennessee over six counties: Cumberland (16,000); Fentress (2,700); Meigs (9,000); Overton (1,000); Putnam (1,600); White (1,311); Morgan (1,000)


SHELTERS
The American Red Cross has six shelters open in five counties with 224 occupants:
• Overton – Crawford, Wilson Elementary, 10 occupants
• Putnam – Cookeville, First United Methodist Church, 36 occupants
• Putnam – Monterey, First Baptist Church, 75 occupants
• Cumberland – Crossville, Cumberland Fellowship Baptist Church, 146 occupants
• White – Sparta, National Guard Armory, 36 occupants
• Fentress – Jamestown, First Baptist Church, 8 occupants


FATALITIES
Tennessee has 30, confirmed, weather-related fatalities., Please note: This is the only information TEMA has regarding fatalities: county, gender, age and cause. If you need more information, please contact the local Emergency Medical Service, Medical Examiner, Emergency Management Agency or law enforcement of the county in which the fatality occurred.

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Cumberland County – One (1) fatality: 83-year-old male, carbon monoxide poisoning

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – Two (2) fatalities,

- 70-year-old female, weather related;
- Male (age unknown), weather related

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Wayne County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, weather related

• Weakley County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, fall, hypothermia related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

TEMA’s 2 p.m. Update on State of Emergency in Tennessee


This is TEMA’s 2 p.m., CST, update on the State of Emergency in Tennessee. We now have 30 confirmed, weather-related fatalities in Tennessee.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015.


Snow fell across the Cumberland Plateau (up to 1 inch) and East Tennessee (up 4 inches). Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s today for most of the state.


A number of state agencies continue to work in the Upper Cumberland region today to do emergency clearance of debris, support shelter missions, conduct welfare checks and work traffic issues.


RESPONSE ACTIONS
• Multiple chainsaw crews are scheduled to work in seven (7) counties today: White, Putnam, Overton, Cumberland, Fentress, Morgan, Scott and Roane. Crews include personnel from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Division of Forestry and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.
• The Tennessee National Guard has deployed 20 personnel to the Cumberland Plateau to assist with emergency debris clearing. Also, six Humvee teams will be conducting wellness checks and assisting local and state officials with emergency debris removal in the response in Putnam County and Cumberland Plateau. Another 25 Army and Air National Guardsmen will be at the Cookeville Amory on Sunday with 12, 10-ton dump trucks for debris removal in Cumberland Plateau area.
• THP are still running highways to assist motorists, helping chainsaw crews access affected areas; and working emergency communications restoration issues.


POWER OUTAGES
There are 32,600 customers without power in Tennessee over six counties: Cumberland (16,000); Fentress (2,700); Meigs (9,000); Overton (1,000); Putnam (1,600); White (1,311); Morgan (1,000)


SHELTERS
The American Red Cross has six shelters open in five counties with 309 occupants:
• Overton – Crawford, Wilson Elementary, 10 occupants
• Putnam – Cookeville, First United Methodist Church, 36 occupants
• Putnam – Monterey, First Baptist Church, 75 occupants
• Cumberland – Crossville, Cumberland Fellowship Baptist Church, 146 occupants
• White – Sparta, National Guard Armory, 36 occupants
• Fentress – Jamestown, First Baptist Church, 8 occupants


FATALITIES
Tennessee has 30, confirmed, weather-related fatalities., Please note: This is the only information TEMA has regarding fatalities: county, gender, age and cause. If you need more information, please contact the local Emergency Medical Service, Medical Examiner, Emergency Management Agency or law enforcement of the county in which the fatality occurred.

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Cumberland County – One (1) fatality: 83-year-old male, carbon monoxide poisoning

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – Two (2) fatalities,

- 70-year-old female, weather related;
- Male (age unknown), weather related

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Wayne County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, weather related

• Weakley County – One (1) fatality: 82-year-old male, fall, hypothermia related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 23, 2015

TEMA Late Update on Total Fatalities


Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015. This is a late update on the confirmed, weather-related fatalities in Tennessee, which have increased to 27. This will be the final update today, unless there are significant events this evening or overnight.


FATALITIES
Tennessee has 27, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – Two (2) fatalities,

- 70-year-old female, weather related;
- Male (age unknown), weather related

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

TEMA 5 p.m. Update on Tennessee State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s 5 p.m. status update on Tennessee’s State of Emergency. There are now 26 confirmed, weather-related fatalities. Details are below. Please also note the key information regarding food safety during and after power outages.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015.


A number of state agencies are working in the Upper Cumberland region to do emergency clearance of debris, support shelter missions, conduct welfare checks and work traffic issues.


RESPONSE ACTIONS
• Civil Air Patrol conducted two flights over the Cumberland Plateau in Scott, Morgan, Fentress and Cumberland counties to survey damage.
• Chainsaw crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Division of Forestry and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster deployed to eight counties today in the Cumberland Plateau. Debris teams report progress on emergency debris clearing.
• The National Guard has three personnel in Sparta Amory and four crew members assisting with chainsaw clearing missions.
• TEMA’s East, Middle and West Regional offices continue to poll counties for situational updates and to provide assistance to local EMAs and officials.


POWER OUTAGES
There are 34, 262 customers without power in Tennessee over six counties: Bledsoe (220); Cumberland (20,000); Fentress (8,555); Overton (1,176); Putnam (1,000); White (1,311); Morgan (1000); and Scott (1000).


SHELTERS
The American Red Cross has seven shelters open in five counties with 311 occupants:

• Overton – Livingston, First Baptist Church, 10 occupants
• Overton – Crawford, Wilson Elementary, 0 occupants
• Putnam – Cookeville, First United Methodist Church, 36 occupants
• Putnam – Monterey, First Baptist Church, 75 occupants
• Cumberland – Crossville, Cumberland Fellowship Baptist Church, 146 occupants
• White – Sparta, National Guard Armory, 36 occupants
• Fentress – Jamestown, First Baptist Church, 8 occupants


FATALITIES
Tennessee has 26, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities

- 76-year-old male, weather related
- 32-year-old-male, weather related

• Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities

- 63-year-old male, weather related
- 53-year-old male, weather related

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – Two (2) fatalities,

- 70-year-old female, weather related;
- Male (age unknown), weather related

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related;
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related;
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


KEY MESSAGE

Here are basic tips for keeping food safe when the Power Goes Out.

• Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.

o The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened.
o A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
o Buy dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot fully-stocked freezer cold for two days.

• If you plan to eat refrigerated or frozen meat, poultry, fish or eggs while it is still at safe temperatures, it’s important that each item is thoroughly cooked to the proper temperature to assure that any foodborne bacteria that may be present is destroyed. However, if at any point the food was above 40 °F for 2 hours or more — discard it.
• Wash fruits and vegetables with water from a safe source before eating.
• For infants, try to use prepared, canned baby formula that requires no added water. When using concentrated or powdered formulas, prepare with bottled water if the local water source is potentially contaminated.


Once Power is Restored
You’ll need to determine the safety of your food. Here’s how:

• If an appliance thermometer was kept in the freezer, check the temperature when the power comes back on. If the freezer thermometer reads 40°F or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen.
• If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. You can’t rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40 °F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.
• Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4 hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for two hours or more.


Keep in mind that perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk, and eggs that are not kept adequately refrigerated or frozen may cause illness if consumed, even when they are thoroughly cooked.


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

TEMA’s 10 a.m. Update on State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s 10 a.m., CST, update on Tennessee’s State of Emergency.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015.


Fog on the Cumberland Plateau was an impediment to many response efforts on the Cumberland Plateau yesterday, preventing Civil Air Patrol and Tennessee Highway Patrol reconnaissance flights over the area. The conditions also put THP’s plans on hold to conduct rolling road blocks on Interstate 40 for power restoration missions.


FORECAST
West Tennessee will be in the high 20’s and mostly cloudy. Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect till 6 p.m. this evening; possibility of snow, sleet and ice accumulations of less than one tenth of an inch. Middle Tennessee will be in the high 20’s and mostly cloudy today and low 20’s tonight. Flood Advisory remains in effect for Clarksville. East Tennessee will remain partly cloudy with high in the 40’s today with lows in the 20’s tonight. There is a possibility of snow late tonight and into Tuesday with an accumulation of 1 to 2 inches.


RESPONSE ACTIONS
• Chainsaw crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Division of Forestry and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster deployed to eight counties today in the Cumberland Plateau. Chainsaw crews will be out again today with additional teams from the Tennessee National Guard.

• The Tennessee National Guard has deployed 20 personnel to the Cumberland Plateau to do debris management, 6 Humvee teams will be conducting wellness checks and assist local and state officials in the response in Putnam County.

• TEMA’s East, Middle and West Regional offices continue to poll counties for situational updates and to provide assistance to local EMAs and officials.


FATALITIES (Since Feb. 16, 2015)
Tennessee has 22, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – Two (2) fatalities,

- 70-year-old female, weather related;
- Male (age unknown), weather related

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related;
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related;
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


POWER OUTAGES
There are 34, 262 customers without power in Tennessee over six counties: Bledsoe (220); Cumberland (20,000); Fentress (8,555); Overton (1,176); Putnam (1,000); White (1,311); Morgan (1000); and Scott (1000).


SHELTERS
The American Red Cross has seven shelters open in five counties with 311 occupants:
• Overton – Livingston, First Baptist Church, 10 occupants
• Overton – Crawford, Wilson Elementary, 0 occupants
• Putnam – Cookeville, First United Methodist Church, 36 occupants
• Putnam – Monterey, First Baptist Church, 75 occupants
• Cumberland – Crossville, Cumberland Fellowship Baptist Church, 146 occupants
• White – Sparta, National Guard Armory, 36 occupants
• Fentress – Jamestown, First Baptist Church, 8 occupants


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 22, 2015

TEMA’s 5 p.m. Update on Tennessee State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s 5 p.m. update on Tennessee’s State of Emergency. Please note the confirmed, weather-related fatality total in Tennessee increased to 22 this afternoon. Details are below. This will be the last update today, unless we have significant developments this evening or overnight.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains at a Level II-State of Emergency, since 3 p.m., CST on Feb. 21, 2015. The original elevation to a Level III – State of Emergency for this winter storm was at 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2015.


Fog on the Cumberland Plateau was an impediment to many response efforts on the Cumberland Plateau today, preventing Civil Air Patrol and Tennessee Highway Patrol reconnaissance flights over the area. The conditions also put THP’s plans on hold to conduct rolling road blocks on Interstate 40 for power restoration missions.


FORECAST
West Tennessee is expecting more winter weather tonight with snow, possibly up to a ½ inch, falling around 9 p.m., CST. Middle Tennessee has Flood Advisories in effect for a number of counties, including Montgomery, Robertson, Davidson, Williamson, Hickman, Giles and Perry counties. Winter Weather Advisories are in place for Hardin, Lincoln, Moore and Franklin counties. East Tennessee can expect fog overnight and Monday morning. Visibility of 1 mile or less can be expected. Driving will be hazardous on local roads and highways due to reduced visibility and black ice.


RESPONSE ACTIONS
• The SEOC coordinated the delivery of generators to Putnam and Cumberland counties to assist with water system power outages. Two generators are at the Monterery Water Plant on stand-by. Another generator is being transported from Chattanooga to the Catoosa area of Cumberland County for the Crossville Water System.

• Chainsaw crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Civil Air Patrol and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster deployed to eight counties today in the Cumberland Plateau. Chainsaw crews will be out again Monday with additional teams from the Tennessee National Guard.

• The Tennessee National Guard has deployed 10 units with 20 personnel to the Cumberland Plateau to do wellness checks and assist local and state officials in the response.

• The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has deployed a strike team to White County to assist the County and has sent two troopers to Overton County for traffic support.

• TEMA’s East, Middle and West Regional offices continue to poll counties for situational updates and to provide assistance to local EMAs and officials.


FATALITIES (Since Feb. 16, 2015)
Tennessee has 22, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
- 75-year-old male, fire
- 68-year-old female, fire
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – Two (2) fatalities,

- 70-year-old female, weather related;
- Male (age unknown), weather related

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Male, 60s, weather related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


POWER OUTAGES
There are 32, 698 customers without power in Tennessee over seven counties: Bledsoe (220); Cumberland (20,000); Fentress (8,555); Monroe (236); Overton (1,176); Putnam (1,200); and White (1,311).


SHELTERS
The American Red Cross has seven shelters open in five counties with 311 occupants:

• Overton – Livingston, First Baptist Church, 10 occupants
• Overton – Crawford, Wilson Elementary, 0 occupants
• Putnam – Cookeville, First United Methodist Church, 36 occupants
• Putnam – Monterey, First Baptist Church, 75 occupants
• Cumberland – Crossville, Cumberland Fellowship Baptist Church, 146 occupants
• White – Sparta, National Guard Armory, 36 occupants
• Fentress – Jamestown, First Baptist Church, 8 occupants


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

Noon Update on Tennessee State of Emergency


The following information on Tennessee’s State of Emergency is as of 12 p.m., CST, on Feb. 22, 2015.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee is at a Level II-State of Emergency due to the major impacts to infrastructure, power and roads from Saturday’s snow and ice storm. The largest area impact Saturday, with significant power outages and debris, is Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, particularly the counties of Cumberland, Fentress, Morgan, Overton, Scott, Putnam, Roane and White. There were no notifications to the SEOC overnight, though, of additional issues or damage in the state.


The major threats toady will include ice, downed power lines, flooding and debris.


RESPONSE ACTIONS
• The Tennessee National Guard has deployed 10 units with 20 personnel to the Cumberland Plateau to do wellness checks and assist local and state officials in the response.

• The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has deployed a strike team to White County to assist the County and has sent two troopers to Overton County for traffic support.

• Multiple chainsaw crews are scheduled to work in eight (8) counties (White, Putnam, Overton, Cumberland, Fentress, Morgan, Scott and Roane) today to clear debris. The crews are staffed with personnel from the Tennessee Division of Forestry, Department of Transportation, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). The Salvation Army is also providing meal support to the CAP and VOAD crews.

• TEMA’s East, Middle and West Regional offices continue to poll counties for situational updates and to provide assistance to local EMAs and officials.


POWER OUTAGES
There are 44,139 customers without power in Tennessee over seven counties: Bledsoe (220); Cumberland (22,639); Fentress (8,555); Monroe (582); Overton (1,176); Putnam (9,656); and White (1,311).


SHELTERS
Currently there are nine (9) shelters open statewide with 373 occupants.


PRIORITIES
• Address life safety needs and support local government assistance requests
• Assess and address roadway conditions, and assist stranded motorists
• Monitor changes to weather conditions and conduct sheltering operations


FORECAST
A Flood Watch will be in effect the rest of the weekend for the Duck River, Buffalo River, Harpeth River, Stones River, Red River, and Cumberland Basins. A Flood Warning is in effect in Cheatham and Hickman counties, along with a Flood Advisory in Montgomery County.


FATALITIES (Since Feb. 16, 2015)
Tennessee has 21, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
- 69-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment

• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:

- 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident;
- 75-year-old male, fire;
- 68-year-old female, fire;
- 47-year-old male, fire

• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia

• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident

• Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related

• Sevier – Two (2) fatalities:

- 70-year-old female, weather related
- Male (age unknown), weather related

• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:

- 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
- Male (age unknown), hypothermia related
- (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related

• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:

- 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
- 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance Environment & Conservations, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 21, 2015

TEMA 10 p.m. Update on Fatalities


TEMA added three, confirmed, weather-related fatalities this evening. Below is an updated list.


Tennessee elevated to a Level II – State of Emergency, at 3 p.m., CST, on Feb. 21, 2015, after being at a Level III – State of Emergency since 9 p.m., CST, on Feb. 16, 2015.


Tennessee has 21, confirmed, weather-related fatalities (since Feb. 16, 2015):

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities: 64-year-old female, hypothermia related; 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Hickman County (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities: 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident; 75-year-old male, fire; 68-year-old female, fire; 47-year-old male, fire
• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia
• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Roane County – One (1) fatality, 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality, 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Sevier – Two (2) fatalities, 70-year-old female, hypothermia related; (age unknown) male, hypothermia related
• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities: 48-year-old male, hypothermia related; (age unknown) male, hypothermia related; (demographics unknown), hypothermia related
• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female; 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

7 p.m. Update on Tennessee State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s 7 p.m. update on the State of Emergency. This will be the final report today, unless we received reports of significant developments this evening or overnight.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee has elevated to a Level II-State of Emergency due to the major impacts to infrastructure, power and roads as a result of the overnight snow and ice storm and the current heavy rain in the state.


The heaviest impacts are in the Cumberland Plateau area of Tennessee with heavy damage reports and power outages in Cumberland, Fentress, Overton, Putnam and White counties.


Claiborne County EMA is reporting a number of roof collapses but no reports of injuries. Monterey water plant in Putnam County has requested a generator for power needs. The SEOC is working to fulfill this request.


West Tennessee is reporting scattered rain and possible icing conditions, with scattered power outages. The weather forecast is calling for the rain to move out overnight Saturday. It will still be windy and cold making travel hazardous on Interstates and increasing the likelihood of more power outages.


RESPONSE ACTIONS
TEMA’s East, Middle and West region offices continue to poll counties for status updates and requests for assistance.


Tennessee National Guard has five Humvee teams, with 10 staff members deployed to the Cumberland Plateau to work wellness checks. The National Guard also has opened a shelter at its Armory in Sparta.


Tennessee Highway Patrol is conducting life safety checks.


Tennessee Division of Forestry has 20 chainsaw crews working in Putnam and Cumberland counties to clear debris. Another three crews are in Morgan County and another four crews are in Scott County. TDOT and VOAD also are assisting with chainsaw crews.


The American Red Cross and Tennessee Department of Human Services are identifying needs for mass sheltering due to power outages and mass feeding missions.


TEMA has set up a Shelter Management Task Force and a Debris Management Task Force to work with key state and private sector partners to identify areas of priority and dispatch personnel.


Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency is doing wellness checks along I-40 on the Cumberland Plateau, and in White County.


Tennessee State Parks reports trees down and power issues at Fall Creek Falls, Duck Island, Pickett and Cumberland Mountain state parks.


Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability is sending a support team to the Jamestown Community Center.


Power Outages
Power outages are around 48,000 customers statewide with 44,000 in the Cumberland Plateau area alone.


Shelters Open (10)

• Overton County-Livingston-First Christian Church; Crawford-Wilson Elementary School; Crawford-Mountain View Fire Department (Staging Area Only)
• Putnam County-Cookeville-First United Methodist Church; Monterey-First Baptist Church
• Cumberland County-Crossville-Cumberland Fellowship Baptist Church
• White County-Sparta-National Guard
• Fentress County-Jamestown-Jamestown Community Center; Jamestown-First Baptist Church, Signature Health Care of Fentress County


Fatalities(Since Feb. 16, 2015)
Tennessee has 18, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities: 64-year-old female, hypothermia related; 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Hickman County (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities: 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident; 75-year-old male, fire; 68-year-old female, fire; 47-year-old male, fire
• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia
• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Roane County – One (1) fatality, 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality, 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities: 48-year-old male, hypothermia related; (age unknown) male, hypothermia related; (age unknown) male, hypothermia related
• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female; 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Environment & Conservation, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

Tennessee Elevates to Level II – State of Emergency


CURRENT SITUATION

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has accepted the recommendation of TEMA Deputy Commissioner David Purkey to elevate to a Level II-State of Emergency in recognizing a major disaster in Tennessee.


The Level II – State of Emergency activation is effective as of 3 p.m., CST, on 2/21/15. The SEOC is receiving reports of major impacts to infrastructure, power and roads as a result of the overnight snow and ice storm and the current heavy rain in the state.


Definition of Level II – State of Emergency
A major disaster as defined by TCA 58-2-101 as an event that will likely exceed local capabilities and require a broad range of state and federal assistance. The TEMP and the SEOC are activated in accordance with TCA 58-2-107(b)(2), and a decision by the Governor or his representative (Director of TEMA) declares a state of emergency. The full staff or most of the staff of the SEOC is activated, typically in a 24-hour continuous operation. This disaster may meet eligibility requirements for a federal disaster declaration under the provisions of the Stafford Act.


The heaviest impacts are in the Cumberland Plateau area of Tennessee with heavy damage reports and power outages in Cumberland, Fentress, Overton, Putnam and White counties.


Rain has diminished in West Tennessee but temperatures are expected to fall into the 20s tonight, resulting in slick roads, with a chance of snow on Sunday. In Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee are reporting heavy rain and ice and snow still on the ground in many areas.


RESPONSE ACTIONS
Tennessee National Guard as two Humvee crews, with four staff members, working on wellness checks in White County with another three crews, and six staff members, to be deployed.


Tennessee Highway Patrol reports slow-moving traffic in both directions on I-40 at the 301 to 320 mile-markers. Hwy. 70 in White County, Hwy. 84 in Morgan County, U.S. 70 in Putnam County, from Cookeville to Monterey, are all reporting road issues.


Tennessee Division of Forestry has 20 chainsaw crews working in Putnam and Cumberland counties to clear debris. Another three crews are in Morgan County and another four crews are in Scott County. TDOT and VOAD also are assisting with chainsaw crews.


The American Red Cross and Tennessee Department of Human Services are identifying needs for mass sheltering due to power outages and mass feeding missions.


TEMA has set up a Shelter Management Task Force and a Debris Management Task Force to work with key state and private sector partners to identify areas of priority and dispatch personnel .


Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency is doing wellness checks on I-40 on the Cumberland Plateau and in White County.


Power Outages
Power outages have increased to just over 50,459 customers in 12 counties, including Cumberland (22,631), Fentress (10,557), Putnam (9,657), Franklin (1,903), White (1,560) and Overton (1,175)


Fatalities (Since Feb. 16, 2015)
Tennessee has 18, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities: 64-year-old female, hypothermia related; 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Hickman County (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities: 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident; 75-year-old male, fire; 68-year-old female, fire; 47-year-old male, fire
• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia
• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Roane County – One (1) fatality, 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality, 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities: 48-year-old male, hypothermia related; (age unknown) male, hypothermia related; (demographics unknown), hypothermia related
• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female; 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 20, 2015

TEMA 4 p.m. Update on State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s update on the State of Emergency in Tennessee. There are 18 fatalities confirmed in Tennessee as weather-related. Please see details below. This will be the final update today unless the situation changes in Tennessee due to weather conditions or counties begin requesting assistance.


CURRENT SITUATION


Tennessee remains at a Level III- State of Emergency, declared at 9 p.m. on 2/16/15.


A band of patchy snow and sleet was moving eastward across parts of Middle Tennessee this afternoon.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in place for West Tennessee; an Ice Storm Warning is in place for Middle Tennessee; and, a Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect later for East Tennessee.


The National Weather Service expects, given the rain potential and timing, to issue a Flood Watch from 6 a.m., CST Saturday until noon Sunday. The Flood Watch will be for all of Middle Tennessee except Wayne, Lawrence and Giles Counties.


Major Threats through Sunday
Severe Cold – Snow – Freezing Rain & Sleet – Downed Power Lines – Flash Flooding


Fatalities (Since Feb. 16, 2015)
Tennessee has 18, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities: 64-year-old female, hypothermia related; 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Hickman County (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities: 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident; 75-year-old male, fire; 68-year-old female, fire; 47-year-old male, fire
• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia
• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Roane County – One (1) fatality, 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality, 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities: 48-year-old male, hypothermia related; (age unknown) male, hypothermia related; (demographics unknown), hypothermia related
• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female; 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


Power Outages
Power outages have not changed since this morning with just over 2,700 customers without power.


Shelters Open
A total of five shelters are open with 38 occupants as follows:

• Independent: two shelters open with 11 occupants, in Clarksville and Niota


Interstates
Interstates are moving in Tennessee but TDOT traffic boards note drivers need to be aware that bridges and overpasses could be slick.


State Agencies working the storm response include: Environment & Conservations; Finance & Administration, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

TEMA Update on State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s 1 p.m., CST, update on the State of Emergency in Tennessee. There are 17, confirmed, weather-related fatalities in the state since Feb. 16, 2015.


CURRENT SITUATION


Tennessee remains at a Level III- State of Emergency, declared at 9 p.m. on 2/16/15.


A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for West Tennessee. And Ice Storm Warning is in effect for Middle Tennessee. A Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect later today for East Tennessee.


Reports of snowfall, sleet and freezing drizzle are coming in from West Tennessee, with temperatures in the 20s. THP reports more wrecks in the region with roads covered in ice. TDOT crews are out inspecting roads and treating as needed. Middle Tennessee could see freezing rain on its western edge between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., CST, and significant ice accumulations are possible in the northern half of the region. No issues currently reported in the Middle or East regions.


Warmer air will begin moving in overnight Friday changing any snow, sleet and freezing rain to rain Saturday. Temperatures will rise into the 40s with rain possibilities continuing Sunday. The melting snow and ice, and the possibility of one to three inches of rain, increases the potential for flash flooding.


Major Threats through Sunday
Severe Cold – Snow – Freezing Rain & Sleet – Downed Power Lines – Flash Flooding


Fatalities (Since Feb. 16, 2015)
Tennessee has 17, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities: 64-year-old female, hypothermia related; 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Hickman County (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
• Knox County – Four (4) fatalities: 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident; 75-year-old male, fire; 68-year-old female, fire; 47-year-old male, fire
• Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia
• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Roane County – One (1) fatality, 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality, 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Shelby County – Two (2) fatalities: 48-year-old male, hypothermia related; male, hypothermia related
• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female; 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


Power Outages
Power outages have not changed since this morning with just over 2,700 customers without power.


Shelters Open
A total of five shelters are open with 38 occupants as follows:

• Red Cross: three shelters open with 27 occupants, in Kingston, Maryville and Dyersburg
• Independent: two shelters open with 11 occupants, in Clarksville and Niota


Interstates
Interstates are moving in Tennessee but TDOT traffic boards note drivers need to be aware that bridges and overpasses could be slick.


State Agencies working the storm response include: Environment & Conservations; Finance & Administration, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

Update on Tennessee State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s 9 a.m. update on the State of Emergency in Tennessee. We have confirmed 11, weather-related fatalities, details below. Power outages are below 3,000 in the state. We are monitoriting the incoming winter weather system and how it will impact life safety, road conditions and power outages. -Dean


CURRENT SITUATION


Tennessee remains at a Level III- State of Emergency, declared at 9 p.m. on 2/16/15.


The main threats today will be impacts from the incoming snow, freezing, rain and sleet, which is already moving into West Tennessee this morning. This system may produce an inch or more of snow before changing over to freezing rain and sleet.


A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for West Tennessee; an Ice Storm Warning is in place for Middle Tennessee, from noon until 9 p.m.; and a Winter Storm Warning & Advisory is in effect for East Tennessee.


After midnight Friday, temperatures will begin to warm up with snow changing to sleet and freezing rain, and eventually to rain Saturday morning. Temperatures will rise into the 40s Saturday with rain continuing. This warming trend melting snow and ice, and the possibility of one to three inches of rain will increase the potential for flash flooding.


Major Threats through Sunday
Severe Cold – Snow – Freezing Rain & Sleet – Downed Power Lines – Flash Flooding


Fatalities
Tennessee has 11, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
Henry County – Two (2) fatalities: 64-year-old female, hypothermia related; 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
Hickman County (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
Knox County – One (1) fatality: 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
Roane County – One (1) fatality, 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
Sequatchie – One (1) fatality, 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
Shelby County – One (1) fatality: 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female; 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


Power Outages
There are just over 2,700 customers without power this afternoon, down from 5,700 yesterday, over two counties with the highest outage in Monroe at 2,543 customers.


Shelters Open
A total of seven shelters are open with 55 occupants as follows:

• Red Cross: four shelters open with 41 occupants, in Kingston, Maryville, Dyersburg and Pigeon Forge
• Independent three shelters open with 11 occupants, in Clarksville, Madisonville and Niota


Interstates
Interstates are moving in Tennessee but TDOT traffic boards note drivers need to be aware that bridges and overpasses could be slick.


State Agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservations; Finance & Administration, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


KEY MESSAGES

• Stay indoors as much as possible.
• Be sure you have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
• Check on your elderly friends and family members.
• Bring pets and companion animals inside during winter weather.
• If you do go outside, watch for signs of frostbite (loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities) and hypothermia (uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion).
• Seek warm shelter and medical treatment immediately for frostbite and hypothermia symptoms.
• Patients with chronic health conditions who are having problems getting to treatment should notify their local emergency management agency (EMA) or emergency medical service (EMS) to arrange alternate transportation.
• Do not attempt to drive or walk through high water – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 19, 2015

TEMA Update on State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s 4 p.m. update on the State of Emergency in Tennessee. We have confirmed 11 weather-related fatalities in the state. The details are below. We are monitoring the incoming winter weather system and its potential threats to life safety, traffic issues and power outages. This will be the final update today, unless there are significant changes this evening. We expect to issue the first update Friday around 9 a.m.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency, declared at 9 p.m. on 2/16/15.


Fatalities
Tennessee has 11, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities: 64-year-old female, hypothermia related; 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Hickman County (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
• Knox County – One (1) fatality: 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Roane County – One (1) fatality, 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality, 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Shelby County – One (1) fatality: 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female; 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


Forecast
Another winter storm will move across Tennessee, starting Friday morning and continuing through Saturday. A Winter Storm Warning is in place for Middle Tennessee through 9 a.m. Saturday. A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect for East Tennessee Friday afternoon. NWS predicts this incoming system could produce an inch or more of snow followed by heavy freezing rain and sleet.


After midnight Friday, temperatures will begin to warm up with snow changing to sleet and freezing rain, and eventually to rain Saturday morning. Temperatures will rise into the 40s Saturday with rain continuing. This warming trend melting snow and ice, and the possibility of one to three inches of rain will increase the potential for flash flooding.


Major Threats through Sunday
Severe Cold – Snow – Freezing Rain & Sleet – Downed Power Lines – Flash Flooding


Power Outages
There are just over 5,700 customers without power this afternoon over five counties.


Shelters Open
Red Cross (7): Warren, Sevier, Roane, Maryville, Loudon, Knox, Dyer
Independent (6): Madisonville, Loudon, Lewisburg, Coffee, McMinn, Rhea


Interstates
Interstates are moving in Tennessee but TDOT traffic boards note drivers need to be aware that patches of ice are possible.


State Agencies working the storm response include: Environment & Conservations; Finance & Administration, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and Volunteer Tennessee.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.


TEMA Update on State of Emergency


This is TEMA’s 2 p.m. update on the State of Emergency in Tennessee. We now have 10, confirmed, weather-related fatalities. Details below. Also, note the extended forecast information and the coming potential for significant rainfall this weekend.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency, declared at 9 p.m. on 2/16/15.


It remains very cold in Tennessee with wind chill and winter weather advisories in place. The National Weather Service (NWS) is watching for the potential of more winter weather moving across Tennessee Friday and Friday night. NWS predicts this incoming system could produce an inch or more of snow followed by heavy freezing rain and sleet.


After midnight Friday, temperatures will begin to warm up with snow changing to sleet and freezing rain, and eventually to rain Saturday morning. Temperatures will rise into the 40s Saturday with rain continuing. This warming trend melting snow and ice, and the possibility of one to three inches of rain will increase the potential for flash flooding.


Major Threats through Sunday
Severe Cold – Snow – Freezing Rain & Sleet – Downed Power Lines – Flash Flooding


Fatalities
Tennessee has ten (10), confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities: 64-year-old female, hypothermia related; 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Hickman County (1) fatality: male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
• Knox County – One (1) fatality: 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality, 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Shelby County – One (1) fatality: 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female; 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


Power Outages
There are just over 6,300 customers without power this afternoon, down from more than 11,000 this morning, over six counties with the highest outage in Monroe at 5,693 customers.


Shelters Open
Red Cross (7): Warren, Sevier, Roane, Maryville, Loudon, Knox, Dyer
Independent (6): Madisonville, Loudon, Lewisburg, Coffee, McMinn, Rhea


Interstates
Interstates are moving in Tennessee but TDOT traffic boards note drivers need to be aware that patches of ice are possible.


State Agencies working the storm response include: Environment & Conservations; Finance & Administration, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and Volunteer Tennessee.


KEY MESSAGES

• Stay indoors as much as possible.
• Be sure you have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
• Check on your elderly friends and family members.
• Bring pets and companion animals inside during winter weather.
• If you do go outside, watch for signs of frostbite (loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities) and hypothermia (uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion).
• Seek warm shelter and medical treatment immediately for frostbite and hypothermia symptoms.
• Do not attempt to drive or walk through high water – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

TEMA Update on State of Emergency


This information is current as of 10 a.m., CST, regarding the State of Emergency in Tennessee. TEMA’s Media Line is 615-741-0430.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency, declared at 9 p.m. on 2/16/15.


Temperatures were dangerously cold overnight in Tennessee and remain that way this morning. Sub-zero temperatures will rule throughout Tennessee today, with expected wind chill values of -5 to -15 degrees. A wind chill advisory is in effect until noon today. A winter storm watch has been issued for Friday into Saturday for another round of wintery precipitation moving through the region once again Friday and Friday night with minor accumulations of snow, sleet, and freezing rain.


Fatalities
Tennessee has seven (7), confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Knox County: One (1) fatality, 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
• Overton County: One (1) fatality, 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Williamson County: Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female and 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
• Hamilton County: One (1) fatality, 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Henry County: One (1) fatality, 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
• Shelby County: One (1) fatality, 48-year-old male, hypothermia related


Power Outages
There are just over 15,000 customers without power this afternoon, down from a high of 33,000 yesterday afternoon, with the highest outages in Monroe (5,693), Smith (3,200), McNairy (1,670), and Cumberland (1,449).


Shelters Open
Red Cross (7): Warren, Sevier, Roane, Maryville, Loudon, Knox, Dyer
Independent (6): Madisonville, Loudon, Lewisburg, Coffee, McMinn, Rhea


Interstates
Interstates are moving in Tennessee but TDOT traffic boards note drivers need to be aware that patches of ice are possible.


State Agencies working the storm response include: Environment & Conservation, Finance & Administration, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 18, 2015

TEMA Update on State of Emergency


The following update is current as of 1 p.m., CST, on the State of Emergency in Tennessee due to severe weather and hazardous road conditions.


CURRENT SITUATION


Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency, declared at 9 p.m. on 2/16/15. About another inch of snow fell overnight between Nashville and the Kentucky border. Temperatures remain very cold.


Hazardous travel is expected this afternoon with the re-freezing of roadways overnight. Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 6 p.m. tonight to noon Thursday.


Tennessee now has six (6), confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Knox County: One (1) fatality, 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
• Overton County: One (1) fatality, 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Williamson County: Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female and 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
• Hamilton County: One (1) fatality, 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Shelby County: One (1) fatality, 48-year-old male, hypothermia related


There are 33,611 customers without power this afternoon, down from a high of about 59,000 last night with the highest numbers in: Monroe (10,665), Warren (3,200), Knox (2,334), Bedford (2,615), Sevier (1,523), Rhea (1,487), Hamblen (1,262) and Roane (1,161).


American Red Cross reports 8 shelters open in Tennessee.


State Agencies working the storm response at the State Emergency Operations Center and in the field include: Finance & Administration, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. SEOC support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.


KEY MESSAGES

There remains the potential for power outages to occur overnight in Tennessee. This can be a very hazardous situation with the expected record low temperatures. Follow these precautions:

• Stay indoors as much as possible.
• Be sure you have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
• Have sufficient heating fuel in case you become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources are cut off.
• Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
• Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
• If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
• Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
• If you do go outside, watch for signs of frostbite (loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities) and hypothermia (uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion).
• Seek warm shelter and medical treatment immediately for frostbite and hypothermia symptoms.


PRIORITIES

1. Address life safety needs
2. Support local government requests for assistance
3. Continue to asses and address roadway conditions
4. Assist stranded motorists
5. Conduct sheltering operations when needed
6. Monitor changes in weather conditions
7. Assist with debris removal and management


WEATHER FORECAST
Another arctic air mass will move into Tennessee Wednesday night with the coldest air of the season, bringing lows from 5 to -5 degrees and wind chills from -5 degrees across the Tennessee Valley and up to -25 degrees in the mountains. Wind Chill Advisory in effect till 6:00 p.m. tonight, wind gusts of 20-30 mph. Another winter storm is likely Thursday night through Friday night.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 17, 2015

Winter Storm Update – Additional Fatality Confirmed in Tennessee


The following is TEMA’s 7 p.m., CST, update on the severe weather response. This will be the final update of the evening, unless the weather situation changes or counties begin requesting assistance.


CURRENT SITUATION

The State Emergency Operations Center remains active tonight with staff support from the American Red Cross, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, and the Tennessee departments of Finance & Administration, Health, and Transportation.


A fast-moving, strong cold front will bring some of the coldest temperatures of winter to Tennessee tonight, along with the possibility of ½ to 1 inch of additional snow, across the north half of Middle Tennessee.


Tennessee now has four (4), confirmed weather-related fatalities as follows:

• Knox County: One (1) fatality, 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
• Overton County: One (1) fatality, 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Williamson County: Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female and 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident


Tennessee remains at a Level III – State of Emergency. Interstates are in very good shape and motorists are still advised to use caution when travelling, and know the road conditions may change with any change in the weather.


The priorities for the SEOC tonight are: monitoring the incoming winter weather; assisting stranded motorists, addressing power outages, assisting motorists and responding to county requests for assistance.


More than 59,000 customers are still without power across 20 counties, with the highest outages in Bedford, Blount, Cheatham, Knox, Monroe Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Smith and Warren.


All of the Interstates around Middle Tennessee are showing signs of improvement due to the hard work of TDOT and THP. Units stand ready for any issues that may occur due to the possible refreeze this evening.


KEY MESSAGES

There remains the potential for power outages to occur overnight in Tennessee. This can be a very hazardous situation with the expected record low temperatures. Follow these precautions:

• Stay indoors as much as possible.
• Be sure you have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
• Have sufficient heating fuel in case you become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources are cut off.
• Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
• Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
• If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
• Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
• If you do go outside, watch for signs of frostbite (loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities) and hypothermia (uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion).
• Seek warm shelter and medical treatment immediately for frostbite and hypothermia symptoms.


RESPONSE ACTIONS

• Level III-State of Emergency declared at 9 p.m., CST, on Feb. 16, 2015.
• Tennessee Department of Military has placed 34 personnel, 17 Humvees and two Blackhawk helicopters on standby to assist with wellness checks and response needs. All personnel are staged at armories.
• VOAD deploying three chainsaw crews to 2 in Louden County and 1 in Roane County to assist with debris clearing and wellness checks.
• TEMA’s West, Middle and East Regional Coordination Centers are open and staffed, and receiving county situation reports and ready to respond to any local government requests.
• Three TEMA district coordinators have been requested from (2) West and (1) East region to Middle Regional Coordination Center for support and are in route to Middle Region.
• There are nine shelters open in Tennessee in Blount, Coffee, Knox, Marshall, McMinn, Grainger, Hamblen, Dyer and Monroe Counties.


PRIORITIES

1. Monitor traffic situation (identify any stranded motorists).
2. Address power issues.
3. Assist with debris management and removal.
4. Assist with shelters


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

Tennessee Under State of Emergency – Avoid Unnecessary Travel


The following is the 8 a.m., CST, update from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency on the severe weather response in the state. TEMA’s Media Line is 615-741-0430.


Tennessee remains at a Level III – State of Emergency today as assisting stranded motorists, clearing Interstates and roads, and addressing power outages are priorities today for State Agencies.


CURRENT SITUATION

• The winter precipitation has moved out of Tennessee leaving behind very cold temperatures. The expectation is for temperatures to not be above freezing before the weekend.
• There have been three (3) weather-related fatalities in the state – one (1) in Knox County and two (2) in Williamson County.
• More than 60,000 customers are without power this morning across 17 counties, with the highest outages in Bedford, Knox and Monroe counties.
• All of the Interstates around Middle Tennessee remain hazardous this morning with reports of slow-moving traffic, stranded motorists and lanes closed in many locations. Roads and bridges remain slick across the state, and secondary roads remain hazardous.


RESPONSE ACTIONS

• Level III-State of Emergency declared at 9 p.m., CST, on Feb. 16, 2015.
• National Guard, TDOT, TEMA, THP, TWRA, along with local EMAs responded to a 12-mile back-up, involving more than 675 vehicles on I-40 east bound in Humphreys County last night. Traffic is open but moving slowly this morning.
• Tennessee Department of Military has placed 34 personnel, 17 Humvees and two Blackhawk helicopters on standby to assist with wellness checks and response needs.
• VOAD deploying five chainsaw crews to Roane County to assist with debris clearing and wellness checks.
• TEMA’s Middle and East Regional Coordination Centers are open and staffed, and receiving county situation reports.
• There are eight shelters open in Tennessee with 14 occupants – 11 in Marshall County and three in Jellico. Other shelters are open in Caryville, Machester, Crossville, Cookeville, Monteagle, Dyersburg, Kingston and Madisonville.


KEY MESSAGES

• Call 511, or visit www.tn511.com, before traveling into areas affected by severe winter weather for updates from TDOT on hazardous roadway conditions.
• Call *THP (*847) from any mobile phone if your vehicle gets stranded to be connected to the closest Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatcher who can send help.
• Call 911 in the event of an emergency.


PRIORITIES

1. Monitor traffic situation.
2. Address power issues.
3. Assist with debris management and removal.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

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February 16, 2015

Tennessee Declares State of Emergency


The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has activated the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan and declared a State of Emergency at 9 p.m., CST, on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.


The road conditions in Tennessee are deteriorating rapidly, motorists are backed up on two major Interstates, and a number of counties are requesting assistance with various response actions.


Current Situation

• I-40 east bound at mile marker 156 in Hickman County is backed up 12-miles into Humphreys County to around mile marker 152.
• I-24 west bound from the 96 mile marker to I-840 is to be closed down due to crashes and a previous back up.
• Power outages have spiked in Tennessee as of 9 p.m., CST, currently at 55,682 customers, impacting at total of 19 counties with Bedford, Davidson, Fentress, Knox, Monroe and Smith having the highest outages.


Response Actions

• TEMA has requested the Tennessee National Guard for State Active Duty to deploy initially a 10-person crew with five Humvees for motorist wellness checks.
• THP has requested National Guard specifically for the Humphreys County back-up on I-40 east bound.
• TEMA is transporting 216 bottles of water and 225 ready packs are being transported to the backup on I-40
• Roane County has requested five chainsaw crews from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to assist with debris clearing.
• Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has requested salt for the I-65 north at the I-840 east bound entrance ramp.
• There are nine shelters open in the State in Caryville, Cookeville, , Crossville, Dyersburg, Jellico, Madisonville, Manchester and Monteagle.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

TEMA Winter Weather Response Update


The following information is current as of 7 p.m., CST. This will be the final update of the evening, unless weather or road conditions deteriorate, or counties begin requesting assistance.


CURRENT SITUATION

TEMA’s Middle and East Region Offices will hold personnel overnight to monitor weather and road conditions, and respond to any local county requests for assistance. The SEOC in Nashville will keep a small staff in place of TEMA employees and State Emergency Services Coordinators.


The East Tennessee forecast says the precipitation will taper off between 8 p.m. and midnight, EST. In Middle Tennessee, an Ice Storm Warning remains in effect until Tuesday morning. The Ice Storm Warning also covers parts of West Tennessee with lingering sleet and snow expected.


While travel hazards are a concern for State Response Agencies overnight, TEMA is also monitoring potential power outages due to ice building up on power lines and trees. Maury County has requested assistance to remove a fallen tree over State Route 166.


Another blast of cold air is expected to move into Tennessee on Tuesday bringing some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter. On Wednesday, the Memphis area may see a low of 5 degrees, while Nashville may hit a low of minus 4 degrees. Wintry precipitation is again a possibility with this next incoming system.


Travel will be treacherous Tuesday morning across Tennessee and motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary trips.


A majority of schools systems across Tennessee will be closed Tuesday.


State of Tennessee offices will be open.


The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has confirmed one (1) weather-related fatality in Knox County.


Currently, 12,824 customers are without power in Tennessee, primarily in Bedford, Carroll, Cheatham, Davidson, Macon, Marshall, Monroe, Obion, Sumner, Trousdale, Wayne, White and Wilson counties.


RESPONSE ACTIONS

• American Red Cross has provided 150 blankets, 150 bottles of water and 162 comfort kits to the Greyhound Bus Station in Nashville.

• Six shelters are open in Caryville, Cookeville, Rockwood, Jellico, Manchester and Monteagle; another 20 shelters are on standby to open if needed.

• The SEOC is staffed with Red Cross, TDH, THP, TDOT and TEMA staff.


KEY MESSAGES

• Call 511, or visit www.tn511.com, before traveling into areas affected by severe winter weather for updates from TDOT on hazardous roadway conditions.
• Call *THP (*847) from any mobile phone if your vehicle gets stranded to be connected to the closest Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatcher who can send help.
• Call 911 in the event of an emergency.


PRIORITIES

1. Monitor weather updates and road conditions.
2. Support local government requests for assistance.
3. Address life safety matters.
4. Assist stranded motorists.
5. Coordinate shelter missions.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.


Download the ReadyTN app to get weather, road conditions and emergency preparedness information on your smartphone.

TEMA Update on Winter Storm, Home Winter Preparedness


The following information is current as of 4 p.m., CST, on Tennessee’s response to the winter storm. In this update, we have provided information on home safety preparedness. TEMA’s Media Line is 615-741-0430.


CURRENT SITUATION


West Tennessee has seen a clearing out of the wintry precipitation with frigid temperatures left behind as the current winter weather front moves east. In Middle Tennessee, a Winter Storm Warning continues for locations north of I-40 through midnight. An Ice Storm Warning is in place for areas south of I-40 through midnight. East Tennessee expects dangerous ice and snow accumulation through the evening hours with the possible ice accumulations in the ½ inches to ¾ inches range in some locations.


The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has confirmed one (1) weather-related fatality in Knox County.


TEMA’s West Region Office closed at 4 p.m., CST, while the Middle Region Office will remain open through 6 p.m., CST. TEMA’s Middle and East Region Offices will remain staffed overnight to monitor the advancing winter precipitation and handle any county requests.


Currently, 11,624 customers are without power in Tennessee, primarily in Bedford, Carroll, Cheatham, Davidson, Macon, Marshall, Monroe, Obion, Sumner, Trousdale, White and Wilson counties.


There are no unmet needs and no requests for TEMA at this time.


RESPONSE ACTIONS

• American Red Cross has provided 150 blankets, 150 bottles of water and 162 comfort kits to the Greyhound Bus Station in Nashville.

• Six shelters are open in Caryville, Cookeville, Rockwood, Jellico, Manchester and Monteagle; another 20 shelters are on standby to open if needed.

• The SEOC is staffed with Military, Red Cross, TDH, THP, TDOT, TWRA, VOAD and TEMA staff.


KEY MEASURES FOR WINTER STORM PREPAREDNESS AT HOME

• Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.

• Always read, follow, and save the manufacturer’s operating instructions for your generator.

• Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas. Carbon monoxide fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm you indoors. Only use your generator outdoors, away from open windows, vents, or doors that could allow CO fumes inside.

• Use a battery-powered carbon monoxide alarm in the area you are running a generator.

• Never operate the generator near combustible materials.

• Generators produce powerful voltage so never operate them under wet conditions. Take precautions to protect your generator from exposure to rain and snow.

• Do not use propane grills for cooking in enclosed areas.

• Be sure you have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

• Have sufficient heating fuel in case you become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources are cut off.

• Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

• Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.Open faucets to allow steady drip to help prevent freezing.

• Open faucets to allow steady drip to help prevent freezing.

• If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags.

• Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).


PRIORITIES

1. Monitor weather updates and road conditions.
2. Support local government requests for assistance.
3. Address life safety matters.
4. Assist stranded motorists.
5. Coordinate shelter missions.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

Download the ReadyTN app to get weather, road conditions and emergency preparedness information on your smartphone.

TEMA Situation Update – February Winter Storm

The following information is current as of 1 p.m., CST. TEMA’s Media Line is 615-741-0430.


CURRENT SITUATION


The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed one (1) weather-related fatality in Knox County.


TEMA’s three regional offices in Jackson, Nashville and Knoxville are not receiving any requests from their county customers for assistance. The West and Middle offices are planning to close at 4 p.m. today, while the East office plans to remain open through the evening and overnight as the weather system continues to move eastward.


Tennessee has not received the predicted snowfall amounts from the cold front that settled in the state overnight Sunday. The National Weather Service continues to show snow in the forecast and temperatures will not be above freezing before the weekend.


Interstate and roadways remain treacherous due to sleet, icing and snow conditions. Tennessee reponse agencies are advising caution when driving in the state and urging people to avoid unnecessary travel.


Currently, 9,233 customers are without power in Tennessee, primarily in Bedford, Cheatham, Davidson, Obion and Wilson counties.


The four shelters, in Caryville, Rockwood, Jellico and Monteagle, will remain open until further notice. Another 18 shelters are on on standby to open if needed.


There are no unmet needs and no requests for TEMA at this time.


RESPONSE ACTIONS

• All TEMA regional offices are activited and receiving situational updates from counties.
• The SEOC is staffed with THP, TDOT, TDH, Red Cross, VOAD and TEMA staff.
• TDH is working with home health and rehab agencies on contingency planning, and providing contacts for local EMAs.
• TEMA has briefed FEMA Region IV with the state’s current situation.
• THP is working a high volume of crashes statewide, including a 13 car pileup on Interstate 24 West on the Rutherford County and Coffee County line.
• TDOT is salting roads and fielding requests from local agencies.


PRIORITIES

1. Monitor weather updates and road conditions.
2. Support local government requests for assistance.
3. Address life safety matters.
4. Assist stranded motorists.
5. Coordinate shelter missions.


KEY MESSAGES

• Call 511, or visit www.tn511.com, before traveling into areas affected by severe winter weather for updates from TDOT on hazardous roadway conditions.
• Call *THP (*847) from any mobile phone if your vehicle gets stranded to be connected to the closest Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatcher who can send help.
• Call 911 in the event of an emergency.


TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

Download the ReadyTN app to get weather, road conditions and emergency preparedness information on your smartphone.

TEMA Situation Update – February Winter Storm


The following information is current as of 11 a.m., CST. The TEMA Media Line is 615-741-0430.

CURRENT SITUATION

Tennessee has not received the predicted snowfall amounts from the cold front that settled in the state overnight Sunday. However, there has been widespread sleet, freezing rain and ice making travel on Interstates and roadways treacherous. The National Weather Service continues to show snow in the forecast and temperatures will not be above freezing before the weekend.


Tennessee State Agencies are advising caution when driving in the state and urging people to avoid unnecessary travel as the southern part of the state remains under an Ice Storm Warning. Other areas of Tennessee are still under either a Winter Storm Warning or Winter Weather Advisory.


Currently, 1,653 customers are without power in Tennessee, primarily in Cheatham, Davidson and Obion counties.


There are four shelters are open, in Caryville, Rockwood, Jellico and Monteagle, and another 18 on standby to open if needed.


There are no unmet needs and no requests for TEMA at this time.


RESPONSE ACTIONS

• All TEMA regional offices are activited and receiving situational updates from counties.
• The SEOC is staffed with THP, TDOT, TDH, Red Cross, VOAD and TEMA staff.
• TEMA has briefed FEMA Region IV with the state’s current situation.
• THP is working a high volume of crashes statewide, including a 13 car pileup on Interstate 24 West on the Rutherford County and Coffee County line.
• TDOT is salting roads and fielding requests from local agencies.


PRIORITIES

1. Monitor weather updates and road conditions.
2. Support local government requests for assistance.
3. Address life safety matters.
4. Assist stranded motorists.
5. Coordinate shelter missions.


KEY MESSAGES

• Call 511, or visit www.tn511.com, before traveling into areas affected by severe winter weather for updates from TDOT on hazardous roadway conditions.
• Call *THP (*847) from any mobile phone if your vehicle gets stranded to be connected to the closest Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatcher who can send help.
• Call 911 in the event of an emergency.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 15, 2015

TEMA Situation Update – February Winter Storm


The following information is current as of 8 p.m., CST. The TEMA Media Line is 615-741-0430.


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee State Agencies are preparing for a severe winter storm that may bring sleet, freezing rain and the potential for snow accumulations of up to 10 inches, or more, in parts of the state. The winter weather system is expected to impact each of Tennessee’s regions and has already dropped temperatures significantly.


Tennessee’s western counties, from the Tennessee River to the Mississippi River are currently under a Winter Storm Warning. A wintry mix of precipitation is expected to begin around 9 p.m., CST.


Middle Tennessee is under a Winter Storm Warning until midnight, CST, Tuesday. The National Weather Service is forecasting a wintry mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain at Tennessee’s border with Alabama. Along Tennessee’s border with Kentucky, six inches to 10 inches of snow is possible. The Nashville area could see between three and seven inches of snow accumulation.


Sleet and accumulating snow is expected to continue into East Tennessee throughout the day on Monday.


RESPONSE ACTIONS

• TEMA has updated FEMA Region IV of SEOC’s elevated status and NWS forecasts for the state.
• FEMA deploying a liaison to the SEOC in Nashville.
• TEMA’s three regional offices in Jackson, Nashville and Knoxville are preparing, or standing by, to open their regional emergency operations and coordination centers.
• Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has placed strike teams on standby to respond to roadside emergencies and to assist first responders. THP also clearing abandoned vehicles from Interstates
• Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has crews out in force salting and brining Interstates and secondary roads for wintry precipitation.
• See joint THP, TDOT and TEMA release on state preparation at: news.tn.gov/node/13539.


PRIORITIES

1. Monitor weather updates and road conditions.
2. Support local government requests for assistance.
3. Address life safety matters.
4. Assist stranded motorists.
5. Coordinate shelter missions.


KEY MESSAGES

• Avoid unnecessary travel.
• Call 511, or visit www.tn511.com, before traveling into areas affected by severe winter weather for updates from TDOT on hazardous roadway conditions.
• Call *THP (*847) from any mobile phone if your vehicle gets stranded to be connected to the closest Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatcher who can send help.
• Call 911 in the event of an emergency.
• If your vehicle becomes stranded or you are involved in an accident, stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
• Monitor local radio and television broadcasts, and NOAA Weather Radio, for updates on weather conditions.
• Travel with emergency supplies, including blankets, water, a windshield scraper, a flash light with fresh batteries, jumper cables and a first aid kit.
• Ensure your vehicle has plenty of fuel and that tires are properly inflated.
• Use extreme caution and take the roadways that have been treated with salt or brine.


Download the ReadyTN smartphone app for weather, road and preparedness information.


TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

February 13, 2015

Arctic Front Will Bring Bitter Cold Temps and Possibly Snow to Tennessee

The State Emergency Operations Center went to Level IV-Elevated at 4 p.m., CST, as TEMA’s Watch Point monitors weather forecasts and information on the potential for severe cold weather and possible snow accumulations through the weekend and early next week.


In Middle Tennessee there will be at least three periods of winter weather this weekend and into next week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Saturday afternoon, a cold front moves into Middle Tennessee bringing very windy conditions and snow chances into the evening. Up to a half-inch of snow is possible into the plateau region. Wind chills will likely be in the zero to minus 10 degree range. More precipitation moves into Middle Tennessee Sunday evening with snow accumulations possible for many.


Along and West of Interstate 65, snow accumulations could be between one and three inches. Middle Tennessee counties along the Alabama state line could see a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet. Another chance for snow accumulations come Tuesday that could impact the region south of Interstate 40 closer to Alabama.


In East Tennessee, the Arctic front on Saturday afternoon could bring snow accumulations of one to three inches, mainly at elevations about 2,500 feet. Wind chills will be below zero in many locations and could reach between 10 to 25 degrees below zero in the higher elevations. A wind chill watch is in effect for East Tennessee currently.


Stay Alert & Stay Informed

Hazardous traveling conditions are a concern.Motorists should exercise caution due to the possibility of snow covered and slippery roads.

Those venturing outdoors Saturday night into Sunday should be prepared for these dangerously cold conditions.

  • Avoid unnecessary travel during severe winter weather.
  • Travel Safely – Ice & Snow; Take It Slow!
  • Call 511 before traveling into areas affected by severe winter weather to check on hazardous roadway conditions.
  • If you become stranded or are in an accident, stay with your vehicle.
  • Call 9-1-1 or *THP (*847) if you get stranded.
  • Monitor local radio and television broadcast, and NOAA Weather Radio, for updates on weather conditions.
  • Be Prepared at Home

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Be sure you have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Have sufficient heating fuel in case you become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources are cut off.
  • Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
  • If you do go outside, watch for signs of frostbite (loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities) and hypothermia (uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion). Seek warm shelter and medical treatment immediately for frostbite and hypothermia symptoms.

  • Download the ReadyTN smartphone app for weather, road and preparedness information.

    January 6, 2015

    Be Ready for Cold Weather

    Some of the the coldest temperatures of the season will settle in Tennessee this week! Some areas of the state will see wind chills in the -5 to -10 degree range Thursday morning. There also could be periods of light snow but no accumulation is expected. Now is the time to get ready for this coming period of cold weather.

    AT HOME

  • Be sure you have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Have sufficient heating fuel for your home.
  • Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Bring pets and companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
  • If pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
  • If you go outside, watch for signs of frostbite (loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities) and hypothermia (uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion).
  • Seek warm shelter and medical treatment immediately for frostbite and hypothermia symptoms.
  • IF YOU TRAVEL

  • Have a winter safety kit in your car with water, food, first aid supplies, blankets, gloves, heavy boots, food, flashlight, extra batteries, and warning lights or flares.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
  • Call *THP (*847) if you get stranded to be connected to the closest Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatch location.
  • Call 511 for traffic information from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  • STAY INFORMED

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for winter weather watches and warnings.
  • Monitor local radio and television stations for updates on weather and road conditions.
  • Download the ReadyTN app to get weather, road conditions and emergency preparedness information on your smartphone.
  • October 31, 2014

    TEMA Monitoring Winter Weather Potential for East Tennessee

    The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville changed to Level IV – Elevated status at 4:30 p.m., CDT, on Friday, Oct 31, 2014 due to forecasted winter weather for East Tennessee.

    National Weather Service forecasts indicate a potential for snowfall, particularly above 2,500 feet.

    Timing indicates rain changing to snow this evening or early Saturday morning and ending Sunday morning before a warming trend.

    The highest terrain in the Smoky Mountains could get between 12 to 16 inches accumulation with other areas in Northeast Tennessee varying between 2 and 4 inches.

    Parts of counties on East Tennessee’s border with North Carolina are under a Winter Storm Warning. A Winter Weather Advisory is also in effect for most of East Tennessee.

    Motorists are advised to check weather forecasts before traveling. Be sure you have warm blankets and extra clothing in your vehicle if you do travel.

    Download the ReadyTN smartphone app, available for Apple and Android devices, for information on road and weather conditions.

    October 13, 2014

    Severe Weather Timing Increases Nighttime Storm Threat

    The State Emergency Operations Center remains at Level IV – Elevated status to monitor the approaching severe weather threat.

    The following is a region-by-region weather round-up on what is expected as far as storm threats and timing:

    West Tennessee

    • Rush hour timing is prime concern
    • The main threat from storms will be damaging winds.
    • A few discrete cells with rotation may develop out ahead of the main line.
    • A strong tornado (EF2-EF-3) is possible.
    • The eastern counties in West Tennessee will run the risk for night times tornadoes.
    • A Flash Flood Watch and Wind Advisory are in effect.

    Middle Tennessee

    • Severe weather approaches around 8 p.m., CST
    • Severe thunderstorms possible this evening through Tuesday morning for all of the area.
    • Main threats – damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and heavy rainfall.
    • 1 to 3 inches of rain on top of saturated grounds likely to cause flash flooding issues Monday night.
    • Wind Advisory from 1 pm today until 7 am Tuesday.

    East Tennessee

    • Severe weather moves in late tonight and early morning
    • Severe storms possible Tuesday.
    • Wind gusts at least 60 mph causing downed trees and power lines
    • Isolated tornadoes possible.
    • Locally heavy rainfall – between 1.5 and 3 inches of rainfall with local amounts up to 4 inches.
    • A Flash Flood Watch will be issued later today for Tuesday and Tuesday Night for the entire area.

    Public Safety Messages

    • Turn around; Don’t Drown – Avoid driving into water-covered roadways. Water can hide damaged roads and carry vehicles off roadways.

    • Have multiple methods to receive weather warnings. Use a weather radio, a cell phone with wireless emergency alerts, and radio/TV warnings from over—the –air broadcasts to stay informed.

    • Have a plan to respond to urgent weather situations at your location.

    • In a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in the lowest level available. Storm shelters, basements or interior walls with no windows are best. Do not stay in a mobile home or trailer; those are not safe in high-winds events. If in a motor vehicle, you should seek immediate shelter and if no structural shelter is available, then take cover in a ditch or lowest area available that you can safely do so.

    TEMA’s ReadyTN smartphone app is also available for location-based weather alerts, road conditions and preparedness information.

    October 12, 2014

    Severe Weather Expected to Bring Heavy Rain, High Winds

    The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville is at Level IV – Elevated as of 4 p.m., CDT, on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting severe storms for Tennessee that could bring 2 to 4 inches of rain and 60 m.p.h. winds Monday night and Tuesday.

    NWS offices in Memphis, Nashville, Morristown and Huntsville, Ala. have all issued special weather statements on the potential for severe weather Monday and Tuesday.

    Public Safety Messages

    • Turn around; Don’t Drown – Avoid driving into water-covered roadways. Water can hide damaged roads and carry vehicles off roadways.

    • Have multiple methods to receive weather warnings. Use a weather radio, a cell phone with wireless emergency alerts, and radio/TV warnings from over—the –air broadcasts to stay informed.

    • Have a plan to respond to urgent weather situations at your location.

    • In a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in the lowest level available. Storm shelters, basements or interior walls with no windows are best. Do not stay in a mobile home or trailer; those are not safe in high-winds events. If in a motor vehicle, you should seek immediate shelter and if no structural shelter is available, then take cover in a ditch or lowest area available that you can safely do so.

    August 18, 2014

    TEMA to Participate in Emergency Exercise at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    TEMA will be part of a Department of Energy exercise at Oak Ridge National Laboratory this Wednesday, Aug. 20.

    This is part of TEMA’s regular participation in public safety response planning for the Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge.

    Notices about the exercise have been shared with local media. There should be no disruption to local traffic or inhabitants, though some emergency activities may be visible or audible.

    July 28, 2014

    Afternoon Update on TEMA’s Response to East Tennessee Storms

    The following is current as of 2:30 p.m., Central. This will be the last update today, unless the response and recovery situation changes.

    CURRENT SITUATION
    Several East Tennessee counties are surveying the damage in their communities from three waves of severe weather Sunday. Strong thunderstorms, high winds, large hail and unconfirmed tornadoes destroyed homes in at least four counties, and one business, and left several thousand people without power. Campbell and Claiborne counties, which received some of the heaviest damage, remain in a response posture today. There is widespread utility damage in 15 counties and officials expect it will take a few days to conduct a full assessment. Large hail damaged many vehicles and homes, and injured one person in Scott County. The State Emergency Operations Center remains at Level IV – Elevated. There are no reports of fatalities and there are no current requests for the State.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed an EF-3 tornado with winds between 140mph and 150 mph touched down in Claiborne County. NWS has two teams conducting surveys in East Tennessee to confirm the reports of tornado touchdowns in four or five separate sites.

    Currently, 5,134 people are without power. This includes: 4,555 in Knoxville; 226 in Union County; 178 in Grainger; and 175 in Sevier County. The Tennessee Valley Authority reports that at peak, there were 38,000 people without power from the storms.

    COUNTY-BY-COUNTY DAMAGE UPDATES

    Campbell – 4 homes destroyed and 4 homes with minor damage; local officials to begin damage assessment Tuesday
    Claiborne – 10 homes destroyed and 10 to 20 with minor to major damage; local officials to begin damage assessment Tuesday
    Johnson – 2 to 3 houses with major roof damage
    Scott – 2 homes with minor damage
    Sullivan – Currently working on damage assessment; initial reports of 3 to 4 homes destroyed.
    Washington – Currently working on damage assessment; Johnson City reports some homes damaged.

    RESPONSE ACTIONS
    • TEMA’s East Region Coordination Center staffed and polling counties for damage reports and any needs for assistance.
    • TEMA coordinating flyover mission with Civil Air Patrol for Campbell and Claiborne counties.
    • Tennessee Highway Patrol deployed Strike Teams to assist with access issues in counties with damage.
    • Tennessee Division of Forestry and Tennessee Department of Transportation deployed crews and resources to help clear debris.
    • American Red Cross reports no open shelters but is providing meals and support to those affected.

    PRIORITIES
    • Support any resource requests from local governments.
    • Address life safety needs.
    • Monitor weather and road conditions.

    Update on East Tennessee Storms

    The following information is current as of 7:30 a.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014, regarding the severe weather Sunday in East Tennessee.

    CURRENT SITUATION
    Strong thunderstorms in the afternoon, evening and overnight on Sunday destroyed homes in at least three East Tennessee counties, downed several trees and power lines in many other counties and left, at one point overnight, more than 30,000 people without power. Campbell, Claiborne and Sullivan counties have the most reports of homes damaged, including one business destroyed in Claiborne. Greene County reported 53 individuals in its shelter overnight. Utility crews are currently working to restore power to customers in many counties. The severe storms have moved out of Tennessee and local officials will be out during daylight hours conducting damage assessments in several counties. The State Emergency Operations Center is at Level IV-Elevated to allow for the alerting of local and state authorities. Scott County reported the storms injured one person. There are no reports of fatalities and no requests for assistance from the State currently.

    COUNTY-BY-COUNTY UPDATES

    Anderson – Clinton Utility Board reports 111 customers without power.
    Bledsoe – Sequatchie Valley Electric Cooperative reports 322 customers without power.
    Blount – Alcoa Electric Department reports 189 customers without power.
    Bradley – Unaffected by storms
    Campbell – EMA reports multiple houses destroyed
    Carter – No reports of any damage
    Claiborne – Ten homes and one gas station destroyed
    Cocke – Newport Utility reports 35 customers are without power.
    Cumberland – No requests for State assistance
    Fentress – Half of North and West Jamestown, and areas North and West of Jamestown are without power.
    Grainger – Trees down
    Greene – Shelter is closed and at one point had 53 individuals.
    Hamblen – 1200 without power, localized flooding
    Hamilton – Unaffected by storms
    Hancock – Power outages
    Hawkins – Appalachian Power reports 323 customers without power.
    Jefferson – Unknown structural damage due to power lines mixed in tree limbs. Some residents are taking shelter in the New Market Fire Department.
    Johnson – Two to three houses with major roof damage
    Knox – Knoxville Utility Board reports 17,000 customers without power which includes portions Grainger County.
    Loudon – No damage to report
    Marion – Short duration of power outage but power has been restored.
    McMinn – Unaffected by storms
    Meigs – Unaffected by storms
    Monroe – No reports of damage
    Morgan – No reports of damage
    Pickett – No damages to report
    Polk – No issues
    Rhea – Some power outages on Evansville Mountain but most power have been restored.
    Roane – No damages reported.
    Scott – Trees down all over county.
    Sequatchie – Sequatchie Valley Electric Cooperative reports 1975 customers without power.
    Sevier – Sevier County Electric System reports 153 customers are without power.
    Sullivan – Initial reports of 20+ homes damaged. Damage Assessments to be completed by EMA beginning at daylight. Johnson City Power Board reports 682 customers without power.
    Unicoi – No reports of damage
    Union – No reports of damage
    Washington – Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency assisting with debris clearing.
    Johnson City – Power board reports 1178 customers without power.

    RESPONSE ACTIONS

    • TEMA’s East Region Coordination Center staffed and polling counties for damage reports and any needs for assistance.
    • Tennessee Highway Patrol deployed Strike Teams to assist with access issues in counties with damage.
    • Tennessee Division of Forestry and Tennessee Department of Transportation deployed crews and resources to help clear debris.
    • American Red Cross opened shelters in Claiborne and Greene counties.
    • Conducting conference calls and situation updates with National Weather Service offices in Memphis, Nashville and Morristown.

    PRIORITIES

    • Support any resource requests from local governments.
    • Address life safety needs.
    • Monitor weather and road conditions.

    Media can speak to a TEMA Public Information Officer by calling 615-741-0482 or emailing info@tnema.org.

    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

    (more…)

    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!

    (more…)

    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.

    (more…)

    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.
    (more…)

    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…)