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Metro’s Emergency Operations Center To Be Partially Activated At 5 P.M. Today

2/20/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will partially activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 5:00 p.m. today. The activation is in anticipation of strong storms coming into the area that could bring damaging winds and the potential for tornadoes.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a wind advisory of gusts up to 45 mph possible for all of Middle Tennessee and has included Davidson County in the moderate risk area for severe weather this evening.

The line of severe thunderstorms is expected to move through Middle Tennessee beginning late this afternoon and lasting through the evening. The main threat is damaging straight line winds, but isolated tornadoes will be possible within the line.

Metro OEM staff will continue to monitor the approaching weather system with assistance from the National Weather Service.

Agencies initially activated at the EOC including the following: Metro Office of Emergency Management, Metro Police, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Nashville Fire & EMS, Metro Public Works, Metro Water Services, Nashville Emergency Communications, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro Information Technology, Metro Planning/GIS, Nashville Electric Service and Metro Transit Authority, TN State Fairgrounds, AT&T, Amateur Radio, Nashville Red Cross, and Local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Once activated, updated information will be released from the Emergency Operations Center as it becomes available, and media should utilize the EOC Media Line (615) 880-2990 for specific requests.

The NERVE (Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine) will be activated in coordination with this EOC activation. This new site will provide information about storm related road closures, any evacuation areas or routes, shelters and relief centers. This also includes a media tab with a Twitter feed and press releases. http://nerve.nashville.gov.

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