MLGW, EMA Better Prepared After Hurricane Elvis

Posted on: 1:42 pm, July 22, 2013, by , updated on: 04:59pm, July 22, 2013

(Memphis) It’s been ten years since Hurricane Elvis tore through the Mid-South.

WREG’s Todd Demers was in the News Channel 3 studios ten years ago, watching as the storm hit.

“It was overwhelming because it was somewhat unexpected for that storm to deliver that kind of punch as it came through the Memphis area,” he said.

In the past ten years, MLGW has been working to prepare for storms like Hurricane Elvis.

Thousands were without power for weeks after the storm.

“In 2004, the state of Tennessee passed a law, a mutual aid law, that said any municipality in Tennessee can help another municipality out without already previously having contracts in place. So that greatly sped things up. And then also since then on a national level, congress has passed a similar act,” said Callen Hayes, crisis management coordinator for MLGW.

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  • Hurricane Elvis 2003 Midtown

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  • This picture was taken a couple of days after the storm but shows the tree that landed on our bedroom. Thank God my wife and I saw the heavy weather coming on Channel 3's radar and moved our schedule up that morning or she would likely have been standing just inside where the tree hit. My aunt who was 79 at the time was looking out a window (the house is an "L" shape) in an undamaged part of the house and watched the tree fall on the house. The damage amounted to about $50,000. I've always said that when you can come out of something like this and only have the loss of a favorite bedspread to pout about, the only thing to do is get on your knees and say "Thank You". James Cornell (901) 832-8457

Shelby County Emergency Management has since worked with county and grant money to set up an emergency operations center filled with new equipment.

“The images, the GIS and all of the technology we are able to bring in and have live feeds. So a lot of that has changed in one word that would be technology,” said Shelby County EMA and Homeland Defense Director Bob Nations.

“The pulling people together from six counties and how well they’ve built a network,” Nations said about the work done in recent years.

Nations said they continue to constantly plan for the next big storm or earthquake to hit the Mid-South.

“It’s not as if you can just have a plan and that’s it. This really is an action matter, so it’s planning,” said Nations.

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