Tennessee County Plans Simulated Oil Spill to Test Emergency Preparedness

tennessee county plans simulated oil spill to test emergency preparedness

A county in Tennessee plans to hold a disaster preparedness exercise on Friday that will call into practice the appropriate steps to quickly and safely handle an oil spill.

Shelby County’s Office of Preparedness will put together a simulated oil spill that is set to occur in downtown Memphis and will involve several agencies in the call-to-action.

The drill involves a simulated oil spill that will threaten the Wolf River Chute and damage the Canadian National North Rail Yard. 

Agencies included in the drill are the Shelby County Office of Preparedness, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security-Infrastructure Protection, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and the Memphis fire and police departments.