Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., has declared a State of Emergency due to anticipated icing conditions tonight and tomorrow. The Shelby County Office of Preparedness went to a Level 4 Activation this evening which summoned representatives of various law enforcement, fire, emergency services and support bureaus to the Shelby County Emergency Operations Center in east Memphis.
“Personnel from these agencies will be working around the clock. Besides overtime expenses, additional resources could also be needed which led to my declaring a State of Emergency,” said Mayor Luttrell. Earlier tonight, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam also declared a State of Emergency based on weather conditions in various parts of Tennessee.
“Ice on roads could make for very dangerous driving conditions tonight and during rush-hour tomorrow. Citizens are urged not to drive unless absolutely necessary. Additionally, ice could form on tree limbs and utility lines which could lead to power outages. We’ll be tracking issues as they arise to ensure they’re quickly addressed,” said Bob Nations, Jr., Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.
Here are some winter safety tips:
· Keep an emergency kit on board with first aid materials, bottles of water and snack foods
Citizens need to stay in contact with relatives and friends, especially those who are elderly, disabled or live alone. Pets need to be sheltered because of the dangerously cold temperatures predicted for the next couple of days.
With the possibility of winter weather moving into the Memphis and Shelby County area later today, MLGW is preparing for the possibility of outages caused by the possible precipitation.
At this time MLGW is staying in contact with the National Weather Service and closely monitoring the weather situation. A number of MLGW crews are on standby this evening and more are available tomorrow should ice or snow cause significant outages for MLGW customers.
Shelby County School closures
All SCS schools and administrative offices will be closed Monday, March 3, due to inclement weather. All before and after-school activities are also canceled, including the rezoning community meeting at Kate Bond Middle School (this meeting will be rescheduled). Employees considered to be essential staff should contact their supervisors. All other district employees should not report to work.