published Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

TEMA wants Tennesseans to be ready for severe weather

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and National Weather Service (NWS) are asking Tennesseans to make planning and preparing for severe weather a priority during Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week, which ends Feb. 23.

"We've already experienced multiple rounds of severe winter weather in Tennessee and all indications are we may have an active spring," said TEMA Director James Bassham. "We can't wait until the tornado is upon us to think about how we protect ourselves from it. We have to prepare now."

Throughout the week, NWS, TEMA and other support­ing groups will conduct educational activities and drills to help people prevent injuries and deaths from tornadoes, damaging winds, flash floods, lightning, and hail.

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