Friday, November 11, 2016
Important TN Wildfire, Drought & Air Quality Links
This map from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture shows the current wildfire situation in Tennessee. This information is updated regularly at burnsafetn.org. The link also offers a daily fire report as well as active fire and burn ban information.
Here are some other important links to keep informed of the current situation:
* redcross.org/find-help/shelter - The Red Cross shelter locator. While there are no shelters currently open in Tennessee, this map will indicate if ones do open. You can also search for shelters away from home with our free Emergency App, available for your mobile devices. Get info on it here: redcross.org/apps.
* rdcrss.org/wildfire - This shortened Red Cross link offers info on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from wildfires. It also provides a map showing the active wildfires in the state.
* tnema.org - Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) - As we mentioned earlier, TEMA issued a Level 3 State of Emergency yesterday due to the current wildfire and drought threat.
* airnow.gov - This site, operated by the Environmental Protection Agency, offers a regularly updated map of the Air Quality Index (AQI). You'll notice that in the eastern part of Tennessee, part of the map is orange, meaning "unhealthy for sensitive groups." Here's a closer link for just Tennessee: bit.ly/2eQ8UyT.