TENNESSEE WILDFIRE ALERT
- Section Name:
- Keith Miller SR N9DGK
- Daytime Phone:
- 615 631 9952
- Evening Phone:
- 615 631 9952
Good evening to all,
I wanted to give you an update on the wildfires in East Tennessee.
Yesterday we drafted and sent out a document to alert the ARES personnel across the Tennessee Section about the wildfire situation in the Sevier County area that includes the towns and cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, TN. Our sources in the local area at the EMA in Sevierville, and surrounding counties, indicated that amateur operators had been contacted by the American Red Cross in the area there to set up communications for two shelters for local evacuees in the county. Those communication operations were established and still continue at this time. We had word this afternoon that one of the shelters may be closing but no confirmation had been made as of this letter.
No amateurs were asked to be deployed to help support fire teams, law enforcement, EMS or the EMA office except for the Red Cross. All public safety communication for the county has been maintained throughout the emergency period. All commercial communication, i.e. land line telephone, cell service etc has been sustained through the emergency to this point. Commercial Communication such as ATT, Verizon have brought in mobile support units to be used as needed to support both Public Safety and the community at large.
All amateurs across the Tennessee Section were asked to remain vigilant and not activate until or unless directed by local served agencies only. We specifically advised all operators not to self deploy.
Unless conditions begin to deteriorate, we expect not to be ask to fully activate but rather continue to monitor the situation and be ready to support when and if asked to do so. I haave no other information available for you at this time.
Section ManagerKeith E. Miller N9DGK
Bulletin ManagerGreg A. Tomerlin K4KO
State Government LiaisonIngrid Klose KD4F
Section Traffic ManagerThomas E. Wolfe K4CMY
Public Info CoordinatorCatherine M. Goodrich W4CMG
Assistant Section ManagerSamuel R. Davidson KK4RGU
Official Observer CoordinatorJohn B. Swisher AB4O
Assistant Section ManagerDavid L. Bower K4PZT
Affiliated Club CoordinatorJames H. Goodrich WA4VGZ
Assistant Section ManagerGlenn R. Snow N4MJ
Technical CoordinatorCharles T. Morgan K4VCM
Assistant Section ManagerJay C. Daniel KG4DCI