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Emergency Operations Center Afternoon Update

March 6, 2015

Food distribution sites remain open, Cold Patrols continue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The worst of the winter weather may be behind, but Metro continues to address remaining community needs.

“Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday, and I hope that means spring is not far behind. But we’ve come through the past few weeks in good shape, thanks to everyone’s patience, cooperation, sense of calm and willingness to look out for one another,” said Mayor Karl Dean from the Emergency Operations Center. “The Emergency Operations Center remains activated so other Metro officials and I can monitor the weather, stay in close contact and coordinate the city’s response in real time to help keep the public safe.”

Metro Public Works made significant headway with primary and secondary roadways today and will continue to work 12-hour shifts to address remaining secondary and even some neighborhood streets. Sunlight and warmer temperatures are expected to help those efforts over the next 24 hours.

Still, some secondary and many neighborhood streets may still be slippery with ice and snow. And extreme cold could bring the possibility of black ice. Drivers should assess their personal safety and the road conditions where they live before deciding whether to venture forth.

Metro’s efforts will continue by assisting food distribution to the needy and in helping those caught out in the cold find shelter.

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 are open Friday afternoon:

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
10 a.m.–1 p.m.

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.

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 will keep an additional overflow shelter at the Fairground. 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. again tonight, 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.

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

Transit

The Metropolitan Transit Authority is running snow routes today. The MTA anticipates returning to normal, Saturday routes 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. There have been sporadic reports of flooding. Expect that roadways prone to flooding could still see some water.

If you come across a flooded roadway, do not attempt to cross it. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

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

Phone Lines

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

Check on Neighbors, Pets

It is again 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.