State of emergency issued for Shelby Co. - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

State of emergency issued for Shelby Co.

(WMC-TV) - Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr. issued a state of emergency for Shelby County as a result of icy conditions on the roads.

In addition to Shelby County, a state of emergency was issued for Tennessee and Arkansas ahead of the storm Thursday.

Most schools and businesses in the county are already closed.

"Personnel from many emergency response and support agencies are working around the clock due to the ice storm. Besides overtime expenses, additional resources could be needed," said Mayor Luttrell.

Here are some winter safety tips offered by Shelby County Office of Preparedness:

  • 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
  • If using a generator, make sure you vent the exhaust. Never use charcoal indoors due the deadly vapors
  • 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

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