PrepreAthon Tornado Drill 4/27/2016

Weather Hazard Events This Week


Shelby County’s PrepareAthon is underway.  “The PrepareAthon April 25-29 involves education sessions and drills at schools, businesses, community groups, faith-based organizations and neighborhood associations,” says Dale Lane, Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness. 


The community-wide focus today: Participate in Shelby County’s Tornado Drill


The attachment with this news release gives details about today’s topic and how to access important information to keep you safe during a weather emergency.


“Shelby County is the first in Tennessee to join the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in this five-day weather hazards education event.  I’m pleased all the mayors throughout our county recognize and support this important initiative to keep our citizens safe,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.


Helen Lowman, FEMA’s Director of the Individual and Community Preparedness Division will be in Shelby County today along with Major General W Montague “Q” Winfield (U.S. Army, Retired), FEMA’s Region IV Federal Preparedness Coordinator and Director of its National Preparedness Division.  They’ll be with Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director Dale Lane observing tornado drills and emergency preparedness presentations.


Other PrepareAthon topics this week include:


  • Thursday April 28: Drop, Cover and Hold On During Shelby County’s Earthquake Drill
  • Friday, April 29: Personal and Business Preparedness Day


The PrepareAthon emphasizes the four principles of disaster preparation and response:


  1. Stay informed
  2. Have a response plan
  3. Build an emergency kit
  4. Get involved by taking a weather spotter course or volunteer to assist during a disaster


For more information about Shelby County’s PrepareAthon, go to or call (901) 222-6700.                                             



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