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EOC Afternoon Update

March 5, 2015

Metro preparing for dangerously cold weather, possible refreezing roads and black ice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean urges residents to prepare for dangerously cold weather, refreezing roads and black ice over the next day or so.

“Although the snow has stopped, we’ll continue to experience very cold temperatures until Saturday. Tonight could be the coldest night of the year, with temperatures getting into the single digits and wind chill temperatures below zero,” Mayor Dean said at the Emergency Operations Center. “I’m urging everyone to stay inside as much as you can and to make smart, informed decisions about when you need to venture out.”

The National Weather Service has placed Nashville under a Wind Chill Advisory from midnight until 6 a.m. Friday. Temperatures are expected to go as low as -5 degrees when factoring in wind chill.

Despite receiving 2-4 inches of snow over the last 24 hours, Metro Public Works has made good progress treating primary roads and will continue working on primary and secondary roads through this evening.

Cold temperatures could lead to roadways refreezing and black ice on roads that appear clear. Neighborhood streets are also expected to remain particularly slick today and tomorrow.

Residents should avoid or limit time spent outdoors overnight and tomorrow morning.

Metro Police say they responded to 80 non-injury crashes and eight injury crashes from 5 a.m. -2 p.m. today – fewer than the last weather system. Metro urges drivers to continue to use extreme caution and assess their personal safety and local road conditions when deciding whether to travel.

Metro again is recommending employers allow employees to work from home or to stagger their start and stop times to lessen traffic during normal commutes and to give Metro Public Works crews more space to treat and clear roadways.

Phone Lines

A reminder that residents must dial the “615” area code when calling Metro with non-emergency questions or to report hazards.

Cold Temperatures

The city will continue working with Nashville Rescue Mission, Room In The Inn and other community partners to make sure our homeless citizens won’t have to face the brutal cold outdoors. While Metro believes that there are adequate beds for the homeless, Metro opened and staffed an additional overflow shelter at the Fairground last night. The city is prepared to open it again tonight if necessary.

The Office of Emergency Management will begin running Cold Patrols form 8 p.m.-1 a.m. tonight and tomorrow night, offering transport to warm shelter for the homeless and anyone else caught out in the cold. In addition Flex Team officers with Metro Police’s Central Precinct will continue to exclusively look for those who are homeless or have been caught out in the cold to offer transport to warm shelters.

Metro Police made 65 contacts from 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through 6:30 a.m. today and transported 16 people to warm shelter.

If anyone sees a homeless person in need of help, call the non-emergency number of Metro Police at (615) 862-8600.

Roads

Metro Public Works crews remain on 12-hour shifts and will continue treating primary and secondary roads tonight. For more information on Metro Public Works’ winter preparedness operations and for winter weather driving tips, visit:  http://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Getting-Around-Nashville/Snow.aspx.

Public Works’ hotline for emergency road needs is (615) 862-8750, extension 0.

Closings

Metro services decide on a case-by-case basis whether to close. If you have appointments or business with the city Friday, call ahead to check whether the department is open. Closings tomorrow will include:

  • Metro Schools
  • General Sessions Court, except for Judge Casey Moreland’s Jail Review and Judge Gale Robinson’s Domestic Violence Dockets

Regular trash and recycling pickup has been suspended today. Residents are asked to leave their bins out to allow for collection services once road conditions improve.

Community Food Distribution

The Mayor’s Office, in partnership with Metro Schools, Second Harvest Food Bank, Metro Parks, and other community agencies, is opening food distribution locations for Metro school families and other residents who are in need of emergency food boxes.  Household members must show proof of residence in Davidson County.

The following locations will be open Friday:

Coleman Regional Center

384 Thompson Lane
615-862-8445
1-5 p.m.

Hadley Regional Center

1037 28th Avenue North
615-862-8451
1-5 p.m.

Hartman Regional Center

2801 Tucker Road
615-862-8479
1-5 p.m.

Napier Community Center

73 Fairfield Avenue
615-256-4474
1-5 p.m.

Southeast Community Center

5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway Suite 202
615-862-8902
1-5 p.m.

Watkins Community Center

616 17th Avenue North
615-862-8468
1-5 p.m.

Martha O’Bryan Center

711 South 7th Street
615-254-1791
2-5 p.m.

The following locations will be open Saturday:

Coleman Regional Center

384 Thompson Lane
615-862-8445
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hadley Regional Center

1037 28th Avenue North
615-862-8451
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hartman Regional Center

2801 Tucker Road
615-862-8479
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Southeast Community Center

5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway Suite 202
615-862-8902
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hamilton United Methodist Church

3105 Hamilton Church Road
615-361-7210
9 a.m.–noon

Temple Baptist Church

3720 Kings Lane
615-876-7656
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kayne Avenue Baptist

1025 12th Avenue South
615-255-5528
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Transit

The Metropolitan Transit Authority is running snow routes today. Riders should be prepared for the possibility that snow routes continue tomorrow.

For information on snow routes and to stay up to date on service changes, visit their website, http://www.nashvillemta.org and follow them on social media.

Water

Metro Water Services has crews ready to deal with any water main issues that might arise due to freezing temperatures.

While major flooding is not expected, roads prone to flooding could see water. If you come across a flooded roadway, do not attempt to cross it. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

With temperatures expected to potentially drop below zero this week, Metro Water urges residents to locate their home’s water shutoff valves, in case of an emergency, and leave a pencil-lead-thin stream of water running on any faucets on an exterior wall, and the faucet that is furthest from where your home gets its supply. More tips to protect your home can be found here: http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/WaterServices/docs/education/WinterWeatherPrep.pdf

For water emergencies and to report water-covered roadways, call Metro Water’s 24-hour emergency hotline at (615) 862-4600.

Warm Daytime Activities

Metro invites families looking for things to do or people just needing a warm place to city service facilities tomorrow. Nashville Public Library’s main downtown branch will be open during normal business hours. All other branches are closed on Fridays.

The Nashville Farmers’ Market will also be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. as a warming center, but merchant activity may be limited.

In addition, Metro Parks’ regional and community centers will be open tomorrow from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., with the exception of Paradise Ridge in the Joelton area, which will be closed for safety reasons.

These locations can be helpful for warmth and family activities during daytime hours, but please only go to these facilities if you can get there safely by driving, walking or using mass transit.

Power

Power outages remained in the single digits this morning. Still, winds, ice and snow could lead to downed branches and power lines. If you suffer an outage, please report it to NES as soon as possible by calling (615) 234-0000. If you are in distress because of an outage, call 9-1-1.

Assume any downed line you may come in contact with is a live power line. Do not approach downed lines. Instead call 9-1-1 immediately. Yellow caution tape may be used to block off locations affected by downed power lines. Do not approach those areas and never cross the yellow caution tape.

Check on Neighbors, Pets

The cold weather will again make it critical that residents check on neighbors who are homebound or who have special needs – particularly those who depend on food delivery or need prescription medicine.

Remember to take care of your pets as temperatures drop. Pets that must remain outdoors should have proper shelter, food and water.

Metro's Community Hotline will continue to be staffed 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling (615) 862-8750 and press 0 for all non-emergency, weather-related inquiries, the reporting of hazards and to request assistance. In case of an emergency, residents should call 9-1-1.

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 Schools, Metro Information Technology, Metro Planning/GIS, Nashville Electric Service and Metro Transit Authority.

Metro’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to coordinate Metro departments in real time to keep the community safe during the winter storm.

Media should continue to utilize the Emergency Operations Center Media Line (615) 880-2990 for specific requests.

The NERVE (Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine) has been 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.