NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Thursday, February 21st, that Tennessee’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is Feb. 24 to March 2, 2019, and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Association of Broadcasters (TAB), and the National Weather Service (NWS) are asking Tennesseans to make severe weather planning and preparedness a priority.
A highlight of the week will be the statewide tornado drill NWS will conduct at 9:30 a.m., CST, on Wed., Feb. 27, 2019. The drill will also include a statewide test of NOAA weather radios.
“Tennessee’s broadcasters take severe weather, and any threat that risks human life, seriously when we coordinate with local, state, and federal officials to activate the Emergency Alert System,” said Whit Adamson, TAB president.
TAB recommends thinking about how you will receive severe weather alerts and warnings at home, at the office, and when you are on the road. NOAA Weather Radio, broadcast radio and television mobile applications, and a and a variety of weather-specific mobile platforms can serve as alternate and back-up resources to notify citizens when to take protective actions in severe weather emergencies.
TEMA’s ReadyTN mobile application, available for Apple and Android devices, provides emergency preparedness, response, and recovery information, with features including:
• Basic emergency kit checklists and emergency checklists for special populations;
• Detailed descriptions and information on the major hazards in Tennessee;
• Notices of public alerts and warnings issued in Tennessee;
• A regional list of local emergency management agency contacts by county;
• Traffic updates from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s SmartWay resource;
• Information on American Red Cross shelters that may be open near their locations in emergency situations; and,
• Immediate visual notification on TEMA’s operational status and whether a State of Emergency exists.
A complete list of ReadyTN’s features, as well as direct links to download, is available on TEMA’s website at www.tn.gov/ready-tn.html.
Severe weather preparedness tips can be found on TEMA’s website at https://www.tn.gov/tema/prepare.html, with practical information on creating emergency
plans for yourself and your family, emergency planning for children, the top threats in
Tennessee, local contact information for county-level emergency management agencies, and an area devoted to active shooter preparedness.
Some basic severe weather advice includes:
• Never venture into high water, either on foot or in a vehicle.
• If you’re outside and hear thunder, go indoors immediately.
• Go to a basement or an innermost, first floor room in your home if you’re told to take shelter during a tornado warning.
• Know the location of and route to your office or building’s tornado shelter.
• Never try to outrun a tornado.
• Have an emergency plan ready at places where your family spends time – work, school, daycare, commuting and outdoor events.
• Emergency plans should include where to meet, and who family members should check in with, if you are separated from family members during a severe weather emergency.
At a minimum, emergency preparedness kits should include one gallon of water per-day, per-person, and per-pet, for three to five days. The kit should also have enough non-perishable food for each family member, and pets, for three to five days. Other items that every kit should include: flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, personal hygiene items, cell phone charger or solar charger, copies of important family documents, and extra supplies of medications, especially for those with chronic health conditions.
A number of websites have resources to help individuals and families create emergency plans. The website, https://www.ready.gov/, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, https://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/, have information, fill-in-the-blank
documents, and other resources to help individuals and families assemble the basic
components for personal emergency plans.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has emergency preparedness information for businesses at www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/emergency-preparedness. The Ready website also includes a workplace preparedness section at https://www.ready.gov/workplace-plans.