State of Emergency declared for Tennessee
A State of Emergency has been declared in Tennessee by Governor Bill Lee. In his message to Tennesseans, he asked that everyone listen to emergency officials and stay weather aware.
“Our departments and agencies are monitoring the ongoing weather developments in our state and they are coordinating to be fully prepared,” Lee said.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has also activated the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan.
"The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is working with state and local officials through the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Nashville to monitor the weather situation, stay in contact with key information sources such as the National Weather Service (NWS), and U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers (USACE), and address any local need requests," a TEMA spokesperson explained.
A TEMA spokesperson said Governor Lee was in Washington DC this weekend for National Governor's Association meetings but is returning home.
TEMA reminds everyone to stay alert and pay attention to what meteorologists are saying.
“Everyone should pay close attention to weather forecasts today and have multiple ways to receive weather watches and warnings,” TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan said. “Those who may have experienced any storm or flooding damage already should contact their county emergency management agencies to report issues, contact their insurance agencies, and keep track of any repairs they make.”
Additional flooding response preparations being made include:
- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is coordinating among state, local, and industry resources to identify immediate emergency agricultural and livestock needs and will work with the USDA to assess farm damages in the coming weeks.
- The Tennessee National Guard has readied aviation and boat resources for response and has sandbagging equipment and troops and airmen available to help if needed.
- The Fire Marshall’s Office and the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid System are coordinating potential mutual aid requests and readying swift-water rescue teams for potential deployment.
- TDEC is communicating with water and wastewater systems to ensure infrastructure is not impacted or damaged.
- USACE and the Tennessee Valley Authority are communicating the status of their dam projects and storage and flows along the rivers and tributaries to TEMA, and USACE Nashville has activated their flood monitoring unit and is actively working to ensure the best balance for safeguarding infrastructure, property and materials.