National Weather Service forecasters say snow and ice could move into the Shelby County area Friday morning. High temperatures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be in the 30s.
need to take precautions by checking on relatives and friends,
especially those who are elderly, disabled or live alone. Pets should
also be sheltered because of the dangerously cold temperatures," said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.
Bob Nations and his staff at the Shelby County Office of Preparedness
are in constant contact with the National Weather Service and the
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. "We're keeping a close eye on
the weather and will be monitoring road conditions. Our greatest
concern could be the ice, which creates problems for motorists and leads
to power outages," said Director Nations.
Shelby County Public Works crews will be prepared should the snow and ice move into the area. "Our trucks are stationed throughout the county and will be spreading a mixture of salt and sand," said Shelby County Public Works Director Tom Needham.
Here are some additional winter safety tips:
Avoid being outside if possible. Dress warmly and wear layers of
clothes. Keep water lines dripping, insulate outside water faucets, and
have plenty of blankets should power go out. If using a generator, make
sure you vent the exhaust. Never use charcoal indoors. The vapors are
vehicles, check the antifreeze level, windshield wipers and have a full
tank of gas. 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.
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