(Memphis) 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.
“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,”
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.
Here are some winter safety tips:
• If you must travel, keep your gas tank full, check the antifreeze level and windshield wipers
• Always have a heavy coat, hat, gloves and walking shoes in case your vehicle gets stranded
• Keep an emergency kit on board with first aid materials, bottles of water and snack foods
• Avoid being outside if possible.
• Dress warmly if you have to leave home
• Keep water lines dripping
• Have plenty of blankets on hand should power go out
• IMPORTANT-If using a generator, vent the exhaust. Never use charcoal indoors due to the deadly vapors