• Bredesen Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration

    Monday, May 03, 2010 | 2:43pm
    Declaration Request Made for 52 Tennessee Counties
     
    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has asked President Obama to declare 52 Tennessee Counties as federal disaster areas following the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the state beginning Friday, April 30.
     
    Should this initial request for assistance be granted, the following Tennessee counties would have access to varying levels of federal assistance programs: Anderson, Bedford, Benton, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Clay, Crockett, Davidson, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Giles, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lake, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Montgomery, Morgan, Obion, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Shelby, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Tipton, Trousdale, Van Buren, Wayne, Weakley, White, Williamson and Wilson.

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  • State Agencies Urge Water Conservation, Health and Safety Measures in Flooded Areas

    Monday, May 03, 2010 | 12:00pm
    NASHVILLE - As residents in many Tennessee counties work to move forward in the aftermath of this past weekend’s devastating storms, the Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation remind citizens to take precautions to stay healthy.
     
    While most municipal drinking water utilities are reporting their water is meeting safe drinking water standards, several water systems are encountering problems, and it is vital that customers listen to the information local utilities and health departments are sharing regarding water supplies.   The message may change relative to a specific water system due to breaks in distribution lines or an inability to maintain adequate water pressure in the distribution system. These kinds of problems can lead to potential issues of contamination. 

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  • Food Safety A Priority In Flood Aftermath

    Monday, May 03, 2010 | 10:47am

    “When in Doubt, Throw it Out,” says Public Health Official

    NASHVILLE – Due to the recent flooding and power outages experienced across middle and west Tennessee, food safety must be a top priority for affected residents. To ensure safety and wellness, Tennessee public health officials urge individuals to throw away all food that may have come in contact with flood water as well as those perishables exposed to temperatures about 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more.

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  • Bredesen Announces Federal Farm Assistance for Seven Counties

    Friday, March 05, 2010 | 4:22am
    28 Counties Now Qualify as Primary Natural Disaster Designation
     
    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved his request for federal farm assistance for seven additional Tennessee counties due to excessive rain and flooding that occurred in September and October. Bredesen made the request to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last month. The seven counties designated as primary natural disaster areas include Fentress, Giles, Madison, Morgan, Putnam, Van Buren and White.
     
    “The 2009 growing season was certainly unpredictable and challenging for many of our state’s farmers. This disaster designation will be important for helping those who experienced significant crop losses during last year’s unusually wet harvest,” said Bredesen. “I’m pleased that USDA has responded so promptly to my request.”

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  • Emergency Power Survey Prepares State for Disasters

    Wednesday, March 03, 2010 | 5:58am
    Dyer, Lake, Obion, Weakley and Gibson Counties selected for first phase
     
    NASHVILLEThe Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and local emergency managers are working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct preliminary surveys of emergency power needs in Tennessee to facilitate generator installation at critical facilities during catastrophic emergencies.

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  • Severe Weather Awareness Week Kicks Off February 21

    Friday, February 19, 2010 | 6:53am
    Campaign Highlights Threats of Tornadoes, Flash Floods, Lightning
     
    NASHVILLE –The National Weather Service, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and supporting groups are conducting educational activities and drills to help people prevent injuries and deaths from tornadoes, damaging winds, flash floods, lightning and hail during Severe Weather Awareness Week starting Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010.

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  • Bredesen Announces SBA Disaster Loans Now Available to Businesses Impacted by U.S. 64 Rock Slide

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 10:59am
    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the Small Business Administration is making Economic Injury Disaster Loans available in Polk County and three adjacent Tennessee counties – Bradley, McMinn and Monroe – as well as for two counties in Georgia (Fannin and Murray) and one in North Carolina (Cherokee). The assistance comes in response to Bredesen’s request for federal aid following a rock slide that closed U.S. Highway 64 on November 10, 2009.

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  • Bredesen Signs Emergency Proclamation for Second Polk County Rockslide

    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 | 9:46am
    Proclamation is First Step in Receiving Federal Emergency Relief Funds for Rockslide Clean-up
     
    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today signed an Emergency Proclamation declaring a state of emergency in Polk County due to a second rockslide on U.S. Highway 64. The proclamation is the first step in a process to receive federal emergency relief funds to pay for the clean-up of the second rockslide. On January 19, rock and debris slid onto US 64 at mile marker 10.9 near Maddens Branch in Polk County. The roadway was already closed due to another rockslide that happened November 10, 2009 at mile marker 17.6 at TVA Ocoee Dam No. 2. Emergency relief funds have already been approved for work at the first rockslide.
     
    “Highway 64 is a major route for people living in eastern Polk County and the closure of this roadway has created a tremendous hardship on these communities,” said Bredesen. “These funds should help expedite removal of the second slide and I have again emphasized to TDOT the need to reopen the roadway as quickly as possible, without jeopardizing safety.”

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  • Bredesen Requests Federal Farm Assistance for Seven Counties

    Tuesday, February 02, 2010 | 6:44am
    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has requested a federal designation of natural disaster for agriculture for seven additional counties in Tennessee as a result of excessive rain and flooding that occurred in September and October.
     
    “A disaster designation will help make federal assistance available to farmers who experienced significant crop losses due to heavy rains and flooding this past fall,” said Bredesen. “I’m pleased that USDA has responded to my earlier requests for other counties, and we want to ensure that farmers in these areas are included.”

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  • TDOT, THP, TEMA Encourage Motorists to Limit Trips in Tennessee

    Saturday, January 30, 2010 | 7:06am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol continue to advise motorists to stay off area roadways this weekend unless travel is necessary.  TDOT continues to work to keep roads clear of snow and ice after Friday’s powerful winter storm.  Crews have been out salting and plowing roadways since early Friday morning.  Despite these efforts, patches of snow and ice remain on roadways across the state with concentrated areas of heavy snow in some places.  Most interstate exit and entrance ramps also remain slick. 

    Nashville area roadways continue to be covered with layers of snow, ice and slush.  TDOT Help trucks in Nashville reported working nearly 300 incidents by 2 a.m.  Crews in middle Tennessee have used approximately 6,000 tons of salt and 525,000 gallons of salt brine in an effort to remove snow and ice from roadways.  Incidents of black ice have been reported in the southern part of the region, particularly along I-24 in Rutherford County and I-65 from Williamson County to the Tennessee/Alabama state line.  Interstates in rural mountainous areas of east Tennessee also continue to be slick and motorists should use extreme caution.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol advises drivers to stay off the roads unless necessary.

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  • Stay Safe and Healthy During Winter Weather

    Thursday, January 28, 2010 | 12:19pm
    Tennesseans Urged to Take Precautions with Driving, Home Heating
     
    NASHVILLE – The entire state of Tennessee is under a winter storm watch with a mix of freezing rain, snow and sleet predicted for much of the state in the coming days. The Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans to take precautions to stay safe during wintry weather, particularly if they venture out on the roads.

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  • TDOT Crews Ready to “Beet” Ice and Snow This Winter

    Friday, December 18, 2009 | 4:03am
    New Tools to Help Keep Tennessee Roads Free of Ice and Snow This Season
     
    NASHVILLE – Winter weather is here and the Tennessee Department of Transportation is ready to "beet" ice and snow this winter season using some new ice and snow removal tools, including beet juice. This winter TDOT will use beet juice mixed with salt and salt brine at various locations across the state to improve the ability to remove snow and ice from state roads and interstates.  Beet juice is a by-product of the beet after the sugar has been extracted. The department is also evaluating the effectiveness of larger snow plows and some new tools for applying salt and de-icing agents. 
     

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