Nashville OEM to Partially Activate Emergency Operations Center Saturday at Noon
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Office
Davidson County remains under a Flood Watch ahead of expected severe weather
The Nashville Office of Emergency Management will partially ac-tivate its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) beginning at 12:00 pm on Saturday, February 23rd. The partial activation will continue until a line of severe weather expected to move into the Davidson County area passes.
According to the National Weather Service, the area will likely see damaging wind gusts, localized flooding, and rises on already high streams and rivers. The NWS also forecasts the possibility of flooding, severe storms and straight line winds as the weather system moves through the area.
The public should stay updated on the forecast by watching local media or by using a NOAA weather radio.
Representatives from OEM, Nashville Fire Department, Metropolitan Police Department, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Water Services, Metro Storm Water, Metro Public Works, Emergency Communications, Metro ITS, Planning/GIS Department, American Red Cross, WeGo Transit, US Army Corps of Engineers as well as NES will gather in the EOC to monitor the severe weather and quickly respond to flooding, possible evacuation needs or any other emergencies overnight.
When the EOC partially activates the Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine (NERVE) will activate. NERVE is an interactive mapping site designed to provide timely information relating to natural or man-made emergencies in Nashville, TN.
As an emergency arises, the site will provide information about road closures, evacuation areas or routes, shelters and relief centers. Use this site to see what is happening around you or to find a path to your destination that avoids closed roads or other obstructions.
You can save the link here: http://maps.nashville.gov/NERVE/index.html
Additionally, OEM and the NFD have extra swift water teams on standby and as always OEM will be out checking flood prone areas overnight as well as in the early morning.
OEM dispatch is double covered and working directly with Public Works Crews as needed to place barricades out and close roadways if needed.