TEMA, National Weather Service Encourage Tennesseans to Prepare for Severe Weather Threats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and National Weather Service (NWS) are partnering to encourage Tennesseans to prepare ahead of spring severe weather threats.

“Severe weather – including thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash floods – is a hazard in Tennessee, and we can take precautions to be ready,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. “Severe Weather Awareness Week is a reminder to all Tennesseans to act now to be better prepared before the next disaster.”

Tennessee’s Severe Weather Awareness Week (SWAW) will take place February 25-March 2, 2024. Each day will highlight a severe weather topic and provide important safety and preparedness information.

“Severe Weather Awareness Week is our opportunity to prepare before disaster strikes. This week, held annually by the National Weather Service and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, serves to provide important reminders ahead of the impending severe weather season,” said Ryan Husted, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist. “Knowing what to do during severe weather while at work, school, and home is the key to survival and safety.”

A highlight of the week will be the statewide tornado drill at 9:30 a.m., CST, on Wed., Feb. 28, 2024. The drill will also include a statewide test of NOAA weather radios. Schools, businesses, and local communities are encouraged to participate.

Tennesseans can prepare for severe weather by reviewing their severe weather plan and assessing their risk. At a minimum, emergency preparedness kits should include one gallon of water per-day, per-person for three to five days. Additional supplies include non-perishable food, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, personal hygiene items, cell phone charger, copies of important family documents, and pet supplies.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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