Emergency Operations Center Opens Ahead of Winter Storm


Emergency Operations Center Opens Ahead of Winter Storm

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning for Henderson County from midnight tonight through 6 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2022.

In preparation, the City of Athens has transitioned the Emergency Operations Center to Readiness Level III.

"We are monitoring the weather for potential problems," said Athens Fire Chief Russell Marshall. "I will be at the EOC for the next 48 hours minimum."

As part of that process, Chief Marshall has contacted UT Heath EMS regarding their service. EMS is maintaining regular operations in the region at this time, although that could change.

In addition, the Athens Police Department has added two additional patrols for Thursday and Friday, and Athens Fire/Rescue has added personnel to staff an additional fire engine for Thursday and Friday.

The City's Utility Department has placed the following as a precaution:

-- 400 KW Generator at the Water Treatment Plant
-- 300 KW Generator at the Intake Structure
-- 175 KW Generator at the Sewer Plant
-- Personnel on standby

The City's Public Works Department has the following resources available:

-- 50 tons of sand
-- 200 lbs Calcium Chloride
-- Streets & Parks Departments to work rotating 8-hour shifts as needed.

The City has distributed snow chains for all priority vehicles and apparatus in the city.

Republic Services currently plans to maintain regular trash pickup service, but that could change depending on Thursday's weather.