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State of emergency issued for Shelby Co.

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(WMC-TV) - A state of emergency is now in effect for Shelby County due to the icy conditions moving through the area Sunday night and Monday morning.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam also declared a state of emergency based on weather conditions in various parts of the state.

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness went to a "level four activation" Sunday evening, which sent representatives from various law enforcement, fire, emergency services, and support bureaus to the Shelby Co. Emergency Operations Center.

"Personnel from these agencies will be working around the clock," said Shelby Co. Mayor Mark Luttrell. "Besides overtime expenses, additional resources could also be needed, which led to my declaring a state of emergency."

The icy conditions could make driving very dangerous Sunday night and Monday morning. The mayor urges people not to drive unless absolutely  necessary.

"Additionally, ice could form on tree limbs and utility lines, which could lead to power outages," said Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director Bob Nations, Jr.

The following are a few winter safety tips as provided by the Shelby Co. Office of Preparedness:

- 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      

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