PRESS RELEASE

January 6, 2015

 

Arctic Blast Weather Preparations by the City OEM

 

The City of Memphis Office of Emergency Management is in gear for arctic winter weather conditions that will linger in Memphis over the next several days. The City of Memphis has implemented its cold weather plan beginning with Warming Centers – Warming Centers are places where residents dealing with extended times of low temperatures, below 20° F, may escape the extreme conditions. Primary locations for warming centers are usually malls, shopping centers, libraries, and community centers that are opened during normal business hours.

 

Due to the extreme temperatures in the evening hours, the Orange Mound Community Center, located at 2572 Park Avenue, will remain open from 7 pm-7 am beginning   Wednesday January 7, 2014 for those seeking warmth after normal business hours.

 

Those seeking overnight accommodations are encouraged to seek assistance from our partners at The Union Mission located at 383 Poplar Ave. or The Salvation Army located at 696 Jackson Ave. MATA will provide transportation to the Warming Center and locations listed above. You can reach MATA at 901-722-7129.

 

Our staff will continue to monitor the situation for any changes in conditions.

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If you have any questions, please contact the City of Memphis Office of Emergency Management at (901) 636-2525

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:    Elizabeth Hart

January 14, 2014                                                                                      

(901) 222-9607 Office

(901) 500-5227 Mobile

FREE FLU VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL PUBLIC HEALTH CLINICS

 

MEMPHIS – Influenza vaccine is now available at no cost at all of the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) clinics while supplies last.

“Influenza right now is disproportionately affecting young adults, ages 20 to 40, with no underlying conditions, which is unlike the groups usually most vulnerable,” said Helen Morrow, M.D., health officer for SCHD.

Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for everyone six months and older, including school-aged children, who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill or transmitting it to others. The vaccine is especially recommended for the following persons who are at increased risk for severe complications associated with influenza:

  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions, including asthma and other lung diseases, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from influenza, including:

ØHealth care workers

ØHousehold contact of persons at high risk for complications from influenza

ØHousehold contacts and caregivers of children less than six months of age

Some tips to help protect against the spread of influenza include:

  • Clean:  Properly wash hands frequently with warm, soapy water; disinfect surfaces.
  • Cover:  Cover cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue or arm.
  • Contain:  Stay home from school/work when sick to keep germs from spreading.

If an individual experiences flu-like symptoms, they should contact their health care provider.  Symptoms include: fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater; headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, and sore throat.

No appointment is necessary. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday unless otherwise specified below.

 

Galloway Clinic

757 Galloway / (901) 222-9750

 

Hickory Hill Clinic

6590 Kirby Center Cove / (901) 222-9910

 

Millington Clinic

8225 Highway 51 N. / (901) 222-9940

 

Immunization Clinic

814 Jefferson Ave, Room 216 / (901) 222-9331

 

Shelby Crossing Clinic

6170 Macon Road / (901) 222-9800

 

Southland Mall Clinic

1215 Southland Mall-Inside Mall / (901) 222-9828

(Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

 

Cawthon Clinic

1000 Haynes / (901) 222-9866

 

Collierville Clinic

167 Washington / (901) 222-9900

(Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

 

Elizabeth Hart, Public Information Officer

Shelby County Health Department

MLGW, Neighborhood Christian Center Team

To Donate Space Heaters, Blankets

100 Space Heaters, 100 Electric Blankets Available to Qualified Applicants

 

(January 6, 2014)— MLGW is teaming up with the Neighborhood Christian Center to assist qualified low-income seniors and physically challenged residents of Shelby County through the Power of Warmth Program. The program provides space heaters and electric blankets to eligible MLGW customers.

The Neighborhood Christian Center will be accepting applications and screening eligible households for heaters or blankets at 785 Jackson Ave. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, through Wednesday, January 8, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To qualify for the Power of Warmth Program, applicants must be a resident of Shelby County as well as disabled and/or a low-income senior, age 60 or older.

 

To apply applicants will need the following credentials on hand:

  • Tennessee State ID or Drivers License to verify age and address.
  • The most recent pay stub or Social Security Income statement to verify income.
  • If you have a physical disability but do not meet the age requirement, you must bring the proper certification information.

 

Customers may contact the Neighborhood Christian Center’s hotline number at(901) 881-6013 for a pre-recorded message detailing the necessary qualifications and credentials for eligibility.