The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has issued a statewide status report. This information is current as of 11:30 a.m. CDT. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
TEMA’s media line is 615.741.0482.
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DEATHS & INJURIES
There are 36 confirmed fatalities in Tennessee.
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.
Currently, 17,854 customers are without power in the state.
There are currently 13 Red Cross shelters open in Tennessee with approximately 287 occupants.
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
Rhea – Central Baptist Church Spring City
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, The Hope Presbyterian Church of Memphis
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
Portable Generators – 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.
High Water Precautions – 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!
People are urged to avoid risky behavior, keeping clear of storm water drains, inlets and pipes whenever possible. Currents in flood ravaged areas can be particularly strong, proving challenging for even the most skilled water rescue personnel. Trying to unclog storm water drains can pose a dangerous situation and is a potential drowning hazard.
Potential Contamination – Flood waters may contain bacteria from human and animal wastes. While skin contact with flood water does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, the public should avoid direct contact with standing water when possible to lessen the chance for infection or illness. Chemical contamination of flood waters can also occur and contamination levels may be higher nearer to sources such as industrial locations. Skin and clothing should be washed thoroughly after contact with flood water.
Flood safety and health information from the Tennessee Department of Health at http://health.state.tn.us/FloodandSafety/floodandsafety.htm