Severe Weather Awareness Week kicks off across Tennessee

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — This week has been declared Severe Weather Awareness Week across the State of Tennessee by Gov. Bill Haslam.

radarSevere weather awareness week starts this week to allow West Tennesseans to make it a priority to plan for severe weather season.

“Severe weather awareness week is really an opportunity for all of us across West Tennessee to remind ourselves of the dangers and the hazards severe storms season brings and to make sure that we’re ready for whatever threats we may face this year,” Gary Woodall, the warning coordinator from the Memphis National Weather Service, said.

Each day the NWS will post tips about different severe weather events on social media. With the potential for severe activity in West Tennessee this week, it’s a good time to start thinking about the severe weather season ahead.

“We’re encouraging people to review their safety plans not only at home but at work, make sure that the kids’ safety plan at school is ready to go as well and practice the plan,” Woodall said.

Having a plan for all types of severe weather from thunderstorms to flash flooding and tornadoes could save your life. Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. a statewide tornado drill will sound so you can practice your plan of action.

“We’ll send out a mock tornado warning on the NOAA weather radio,” Woodall said. “That’s a really good time for people to make sure they can receive the warning information and know what to do.”

Chief Meteorologist Tom Meiners and Gary Pickens will continue to post tips throughout the week as well.

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