Press Release from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency; Jan. 9, 2011:
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has increased its activation level and called in additional staff to monitor the winter storm anticipated across much of Tennessee.
Update 6:30 p.m.: TEMA’s activation level was moved to level 3 and the state is under a declared state of emergency.
On Sunday at 6 p.m., James Bassham, Director of TEMA, raised the State Emergency Operation Center’s readiness to Level 4. In addition to staff being placed on duty at TEMA’s facilities in Jackson and Knoxville, a number of TEMA staff and emergency service coordinators from the Departments of Safety (Highway Patrol) and Transportation have reported to TEMA’s headquarters in Nashville.