How to prep for severe weather in Middle Tennessee

Severe weather can happen any time of year. Keep these safety tips in mind so you will be ready before the next storm.

Nashville's skyline behind a window covered in raindrops.

Use these tips to prepare for severe weather season. | Photo by @kirsten.lee.anderson

Severe Weather Awareness Week has passed, but it’s never a bad time to review what to do when severe weather strikes.

March, April, and May signal the peak of severe weather and tornadoes in Tennessee, according to the National Weather Service. To help prepare for these potential hazards, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and NWS offer tips for building a safety plan:

  • Make emergency preparedness kits | Recommended items include one gallon of water per day, per person (three to five days), non-perishable food, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, cell phone charger, and important documents.
  • Have multiple ways to receive weather alerts | Monitor local TV and radio stations and have access to a NOAA weather radio. You can also receive weather notifications by phone, text, or email via MEANS, the city’s emergency alert and notification system.
  • Review safety plans for different types of storms, including tornadoes, lightning, severe thunderstorms, and flash flooding.