FEB 28-- This week, Feb. 26 - March 4, has been designated “Severe Weather Awareness Week” in Tennessee, and officials say it’s time to “Get Prepared.”
The Tennessee and Hardin County Emergency Management Agencies, Hardin County Fire Department, and National Weather Service are urging all Tennesseans to review their severe weather plans next week, as advanced planning and increased awareness help citizens survive deadly storms.
“The most important thing is to stay informed and aware,” said Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin. “There’s all kinds of ways to get information–TV, radio, social media– but you still have to take the responsibility to be informed and aware, and then prepare for it.”
During the week, these agencies and more will be focusing each day on a specific type of severe weather or on the warning and drill system. In sharing this information on how different types of severe weather can quickly turn deadly, they hope to inform everyone about what to expect, where to turn for up-to-date conditions, and how to best prepare.
Hardin County emergency officials sent severe weather awareness information to local schools with a different subject for each day of the week, with the subjects listed here so everyone at home can participate as well:
Monday, Feb. 27 begins the week with knowing the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning.