May 28 Storm Damage Evening Update

May 28, 2017
Storm Damage-Evening Update

 *   The Shelby County Office of Preparedness continues to coordinate the storm response effort with the Memphis Office of Emergency Management.
 *   The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is also assisting.

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 *   MLGW and assisting utility company crews continue to make progress to restore power.
 *   About 135,000 customers are still without power.
 *   It may take several days for power to be restored in some areas.

Emergency Shelter

 *   25 people are staying at the American Red Cross shelter in Memphis at the Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Avenue.
 *   Caseworkers will be at the shelter tomorrow at 10 a.m. as well as at the American Red Cross office, 1399 Madison Avenue, to assist storm victims.
 *   Call (901) 636-2525 for shelter transportation.

Storm Damages 25 Structures

 *   22 homes in Memphis had severe damage.
 *   A few businesses including the Memphis Fire and Police Training Academies in Frayser were also damaged by the storm.

Road Hazards

 *   Memphis Public Works Division crews have cleared 50 of 230 calls received about downed trees.
 *   Downed trees and powerlines still block many areas of Memphis, especially in Midtown.
 *   Some roads in the unincorporated area near Fisherville are also blocked by downed trees and wires.

Electricity Hazards

 *   Stay away from powerlines.
 *   Make sure electrical systems or appliances damaged by the storm are inspected by a qualified, licensed professional.

Roadway Safety

 *   Watch for downed powerlines, trees and other storm debris.
 *   Treat intersections with non-working traffic lights as Four-Way Stops.

Tips for Staying Safe

·         Check on relatives and friends who live alone, especially the elderly and disabled.

·         If the power has been out for more than four (4) hours, ALL perishable foods including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) and leftovers should be discarded.

·         If the freezer door has remained closed, frozen items can last up to 24 hours. However, items that are no longer frozen will need to be consumed. DO NOT refreeze thawed items. After 24 hours, cook or discard all items in the freezer.

·         Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning - Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows. Never use grills, camp stoves or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, or any partially enclosed area.

·         Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can't be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY - DO NOT DELAY.

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Steve Shular
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Shelby County Mayor’s Office
Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.
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