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Scouts Rock at Graceland 2016

On April 2,2016, OEM participated in the Scouts Rock at Graceland. Graceland welcomed hundreds of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the Memphis area to enjoy a day full of learning, creating and rock 'n' rolling.

During Scouts Rock at Graceland, Scouts learn new skills and earn achievements toward ranks or pin/belt loop/merit badge requirements in the following:

  • Service Opportunities
  • Collections
  • Citizenship
  • American Heritage
  • Journalism
  • Forestry
  • Photography

More than 600 boys and girls from seven states toured Elvis Presley's Graceland, worked on service projects and learned about safety, nature, wildlife, music, geology, horseshoeing and much more in workshops on location at Graceland. Scouts sang karaoke, learned about how to be a DJ and got up close and personal with an owl and a hawk.

OEM drying out after record rainfall

After experiencing record rainfall in Memphis, the underground OEM office located in Midtown suffered some water damaging in the DCC, storage room, and several offices.

Approximately 1 inch of rain water seeped in through the foundation walls. With the help of staff and a restoration company, water, damaged drywall, and carpeting is being removed. No electronic equipment was damaged.

A temporary DCC has been setup in a mobile command center with thanks to the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.

The City of Memphis Office of Emergency management still remains at normal operations.

Are you ready for severe weather?

Spring is arriving, and with it Severe Weather season. You know what that means. Hail, extreme winds, torrential downpours, and the devastating tornado. Severe weather can be both beautiful to behold and terrifyingly unpredictable. Here are some tips to keep you safe this Spring, whether you are in pursuit of the perfect storm or standing guard in your own community.

1. Have a plan. Write it down.

It's the nature of emergencies that catch most people unprepared and paralyzed by important decisions. Don't be one of them. Think through what you and your family or your organization will do in response to severe weather, flash flooding, or an approaching tornado. Make this plan before disaster strikes. Write it down and communicate it clearly to family and co-workers. If you have small children, considering drills.

For families, a plan should include emergency contact numbers including nearby relatives, locations of shelters, and meeting places in case family members become separated and cannot meet at home.

2. Cultivate a personal awareness for severe weather.

Veteran storm chasers and forecasters know intuitively when severe weather is looming, before there is even a cloud in the sky. That's because they have honed their abilities through years of personal observation. Humid air and strong southerly winds are telltale signs that the atmosphere is ripe for thunderstorms.

In the modern age of technology and mobile devices, it's easy to overlook the obvious. But for millenia, human beings have learned to read the sky for threatening weather.

The best way to develop this sense is to take an interest in forecasting and meteorology. Sign up for Skywarn Storm Spotter training with your local National Weather Service office (most are conducting classes right now). And last but not least, go outside and observe.

3. Have multiple sources of weather information.

Everyone living in Torando Alley should have a NOAA weather radio. Period. Radios with county-level alarms can be purchased for less than $20. Some of these include hand-crank batteries and flashlight in case of power outage. Also consider a robust weather software system such as Weather Defender which can monitor a broad selection of weather variables for your exact lat/lon position, giving you more situational awareness and lead time.

As an amatuer radio operator, I also encourage people to get their HAM license so that you can also broadcast in an emergency, instead of just listening. HAM radios have proven to be the most resilient form of communication, shining particularly bright during emergencies when traditional communications become overloaded.

I am a big proponent of redundancy when it comes to weather emergencies. Whatever you choose, have multiple systems.


Best Regards,

Keith Butler
Operations Officer / KD4GTS


2016 CERT Rodeo

You are invited to the
City of Memphis Office of Emergency Management 2nd Annual CERT Rodeo

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Tiger Lane - Fairgrounds

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 PURPOSE: Bring CERT Teams together for additional training and hands on practice of new or existing skills Provide an opportunity for CERT members to network, test equipment, and remain active during non-disaster time Develop community awareness about the CERT program
TOPICS COVERED: Fire Safety Light Search & Rescue Disaster Medical Operations Team Organization



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