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Metro Tornado Warning Siren System - Better, Bigger, Broader

Metro’s Tornado Warning System began with a federal grant in 2002, and is now becoming better, bigger and broader. Between late February and the end of April, 20 new sites will be added, going from 73 to 93 locations countywide. Each siren is located in public gathering places selected by city planners on the basis of outdoor population and population density.

Funded with $2 million in local capital improvement dollars recommended by Mayor Karl Dean and approved by the Metro Council, the entire system will also be upgraded with new siren equipment that will emit an easier-to-hear warning signal, which is more like an old air-raid warning rather than the mechanical tone presently in use. The expanded, upgraded system will make the coverage area bigger and broader across Davidson County.

The Tornado Warning Siren system is to help those in outdoor areas be aware that a tornado warning has been issued for any portion of the county.  A Tornado Warning means a tornado may have been indicated on Doppler radar or a trained spotter has spotted a funnel cloud or tornado in progress. With the approach of the spring tornado season, the entire system will remain ready at all times for use if needed, with both signals being used during the construction and upgrade period.

All sirens are tested at noon on the first Saturday of each month and silently tested daily internally by the system itself. Other than tests, the sirens are only activated by the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management in the event the National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning for any portion of Davidson County.

When the sirens are activated:

  • Go inside a sturdy building to the lowest level, away from exterior walls
  • Stay away from windows
  • Cover your head
  • If there is no building available, and the storm is on top of you, find a ditch or low-lying area
  • Lay down and cover your head
  • Wait until the storm passes, then go safely

Gift Cards for Guns Event Set for Saturday, November 17th; Dollar General Partnering with MNPD

Dollar General stores are partnering with the Metro police department, Nashville’s clergy and Crime Stoppers to offer $25-dollar gift cards to families who want to rid their homes of unsafe, unwanted or unused firearms.

Chief Steve Anderson announced that a holiday season Gift Cards for Guns initiative will be held on Saturday, November 17th, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, in the parking lot of Tusculum Hills Baptist Church, 4930 Nolensville Pike.  Davidson County citizens will be able to safely exchange real firearms for $25 Dollar General gift cards, no questions asked (limit of 1 gift card per person/2 per family).  The gift cards can be used at Dollar General stores to purchase any items, including groceries, gifts and other holiday supplies.

“There is no better time than a week before Thanksgiving for parents, grandparents and other family members to think about any firearms that are in poor working condition or those at risk of falling into the wrong hands, particularly unsupervised young people,” Chief Anderson said.  “I applaud Dollar General for joining with us to enhance Nashville’s safety, while, at the same time, helping families with Thanksgiving meal preparations.”

“Dollar General is pleased to partner with the Metro Police department and Crime Stoppers for this Gift Cards for Guns initiative.” said Jeff Owen, Senior Vice-President, Store Operations.  "Through our mission of serving others, we strive to make a difference in the communities we call home through programs such as this initiative."

Nashville’s clergy, including Pastor Wes Baldwin of Tusculum Hills Baptist Church, understand the importance of this community outreach program. “If we prevent even one gun from falling into the wrong hands and being used in an act of violence, this program will have been more than worthwhile,” Baldwin said. Board members from Nashville Crime Stoppers will staff a booth at the event to distribute the gift cards and to answer questions from the community about its 29-year cash reward program for information on those who have committed major crimes.

Officers from the MNPD Training Academy will be in the church parking lot on November 17th to receive the guns, ensure that they are unloaded and do not pose any immediate danger.  The weapons will then be turned over to an officer from the police department’s property room.  

Also at the church from 8 a.m.-12 noon on November 17th will be a special, secured drug collection box in which citizens can safely dispose of outdated and/or unwanted medications.

Two Gift Cards for Guns events held during the past year were resounding successes.  Citizens turned in 156 firearms at an event on June 9th at St. Luke Primitive Baptist Church.  Last December, 90 guns were surrendered during an event at Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

Nissan USA Donates New Titan Pickup Truck to Nashville Crime Stoppers

Nissan USA on July 27th formally presented Nashville Crime Stoppers with a brand new Titan pickup truck to help promote the Crime Stoppers message at community events, parades and the scenes of violent crime.

“The more ways we can publicize Crime Stoppers, the safer Nashville will be,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “I want to express the Metropolitan Police Department’s sincere appreciation to Nissan, which now calls Middle Tennessee home for its North American headquarters, as well as the independent Crime Stoppers Board of Directors for their strong support and community spirit.”

Over the past 29 years, citizen tips to Crime Stoppers have been directly responsible for solving more than 200 murders, more than 700 armed robberies and more than 300 burglaries. Those tips have also led to the apprehension of more than 4,000 fugitives.

Citizens with information on those responsible for criminal activity can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 74-CRIME. Persons can also send an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or by logging onto Callers to Crime Stoppers are eligible for cash rewards.