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May 1, 2011

State-wide status update, May 1, @ 1400 hrs.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has issued a statewide status report. This information is current as of 2:00 p.m. CDT. on Sunday, May 1, 2011.

MEDIA LINE

TEMA’s media line is 615.741.0482.
Public Information Officers will be available for media interviews during operating hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

DEATHS & INJURIES
There are now 36 confirmed fatalities in Tennessee.

Two additional deaths in Hamilton County were attributed to improper use of a portable generator.

Bledsoe County – 4
Bradley County – 9
Franklin County – 1
Greene County – 6
Hamilton County – 11
Johnson County – 2
Sequatchie County – 1
Washington County – 1
Williamson County – 1

There have been 94 confirmed injuries with the majority being reported from Hamilton County.


POWER OUTAGES

Currently, 58,019 customers are without power in the state.

SHELTERS

There are currently 12 shelters open in Tennessee with 104 occupants.

EAST TN
Bledsoe County – First Southern Baptist Church
Bradley County – St. Terese Catholic Church
Greene County – Ruritan Building
Hamilton County– South Chattanooga Recreation Center
Johnson County– Johnson County Health Department


WEST TN

Dyer County – Dyersburg 1st Assembly of God
Lake County – Tiptonville 1st Baptist Church
Madison County – First United Methodist Church, Jackson Central Merry High School
Obion County – 2nd Baptist Church
Shelby County – G.W. Henderson Recreation Center, First Assembly of God

ASSISTANCE/DONATIONS/VOLUNTEERS

Call 2-1-1 for assistance or to donate goods, services or money to help communities in need.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and volunteer organizations active in disaster relief are partnering with the United Way of Tennessee to provide 2-1-1 as a single source for disaster survivors to get assistance from local groups and non-profits, as well as coordinate volunteer efforts with local agencies.

If you need help, call 2-1-1 and operators in the call centers will match the unmet need with the appropriate volunteer agency, non-profit group or charitable organization.

If you want to volunteer your time, goods, services or cash, you can call 2-1-1 and the operators will be able to coordinate your donation with the unmet needs in the community.

If you are having a life-safety emergency, you should always call 9-1-1.

PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE

Exercise caution when using portable generators. Many residents might have turned to the gas-powered devices in the wake of the storm and tornado activity that has severed electric service to customers.

Remember to fuel the generators outdoors and to station them outdoors, to minimize the risk of asphyxiation from the fumes emitted by the generators. Do not connect them to a home’s electrical outlet, as doing so can pose a risk to personnel working to restore electrical service to a residential area.

The public is strongly encouraged to limit travel in flooded areas and use extreme caution.
NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
Turn Around Don’t Drown!

Flood safety and health information from the Tennessee Department of Health at http://health.state.tn.us/FloodandSafety/floodandsafety.htm