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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,, 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.