Initial counties to include Dyer, Lake, Shelby and Stewart
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today asked President Barack Obama to authorize emergency funding of $10 million to assist the state and local jurisdictions with evacuation preparedness and activities in West Tennessee due to flooding that began April 21, 2011, a result of the record rainfall on the Mississippi, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers.
Two Tenn. Deaths Attributed to Improper Use
NASHVILLE – It was recently reported by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency that two individuals succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper use of a generator. In the aftermath of recent tornadoes and with flooding predicted for more areas of the state, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds residents of the importance of taking precautions to stay safe from illness and injury. Thousands of Tennesseans lost electrical service to their homes and businesses due to severe weather, and many are still without power.
Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington will receive federal assistance
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined FEMA Director Craig Fugate today to announce the federal government has approved four Tennessee counties to receive federal assistance as a result of the severe storms, flash flooding and tornadoes that struck the state beginning on April 25 and continuing to April 28, 2011.
Initial counties to include Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington
More counties to be added as damage assessments are completed
Use Protective Measures as Recovery Work Begins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding the public of the need to take protective measures to prevent injuries as clean-up efforts begin following this week’s tornadoes. Of concern is the risk of tetanus from deep puncture wounds or cuts.
NASHVILLE – Due to power outages experienced in storm and flood-impacted areas across the state, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding affected residents of the importance of food safety. To ensure public health and wellness, a senior department official is urging individuals to throw away all perishable food that may have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more.