Severe weather awareness week to focus on safety

Emergency officials and weather forecasters will launch a statewide campaign during the Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week to provide important weather safety information.

Truckers pull over at a chain up station along Interstate 70 east of Copper Mountain, Colo., as adverse weather conditions put the chain law into effect over the mountain passes including Vail Pass and at the Eisenhower Tunnel Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Summit Daily News)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As spring weather approaches in Tennessee, emergency officials and weather forecasters will launch a statewide campaign during the Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week to provide important weather safety information.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, along with the National Weather Service and the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and other groups, are conducting educational activities and drills that started on Sunday and is running through Saturday.

Each day the NWS and its storm spotters network will focus on safety tips for specific weather threats, such as lightning or flash flooding. TEMA will also sign a new state Emergency Alerting System plan this week that incorporates new technology to issue warnings to the public.


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