Williamson County EMA creates storm shelter registry - WKRN News 2

Williamson County EMA creates storm shelter registry

Posted: Updated: Feb 19, 2013 05:38 PM
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. -

The Emergency Management Agency of Williamson County is taking greater measures to ensure their residents are safe after tornadoes has hit.

With the tornado count on the rise for Middle Tennessee, shelters are becoming more and more common.

EMA has established a county-wide Storm Shelter Registry program so that Williamson County residents can add their shelter to a list that will help locate victims in case of an emergency.

"The storm shelter registry is important for a couple of reasons. One, it helps the first responders on the scene know where to look for people, and where to begin searching," said Mac Purdy, the director of EMA.

The program was launched in cooperation with the Brentwood and Franklin Fire Departments in response to the growing number of households that are installing tornado shelters in Williamson County.

"We work with all the municipalities: Franklin, Brentwood, Fairview, Spring Hill and Nolensville, and communicate that information to first responders," Purdy added.

City officials encourage residents to take part in the registry during Severe Weather Awareness Week, which takes place from February 18 – 23.

It is free and voluntary.

To register a storm shelter, visit the Williamson County Storm Shelter Registry.

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