Today as strong storms moved in, many Bradley Countians were reminded of the events that occurred 40 years ago on April 4 — all this while a local retailer and emergency service personnel prepare for the third annual Severe Weather Awareness event.
One person was killed on April 4, 1974, when tornadoes ripped through Bradley County. Dozens of homes, schools and businesses were destroyed or damaged, and businesses shut down that afternoon.
Areas of Blue Springs Road and Benton Pike were hit, as well as Bradley Memorial Hospital and other locations. Oak Grove Elementary School suffered heavy damage as the twisters struck.
On Saturday, Ace Hardware, McIntire and Associates in conjunction with Safeco Insurance, and the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency will be holding the community weather awareness event at the Ace location on 25th Street.
Free weather radios will be programmed and distributed to those who have kept up with the Banner reporting of the Saturday event, and went through the prequalification process.
Festivities will begin at 10 a.m.
Bradley County Fire-Rescue, the Cleveland Fire Department, and other government agencies and associates in the field of public safety will be present.
A highlight of the event, which was created after April 2011 tornadoes struck Bradley County, is the addition of the American Kennel Club and Chattanooga Kennel Club’s portable pet containment unit which will be set up at shelter locations in the event of evacuations and a shelter needs to be opened for any reason.
Today, strong storms moved through Bradley County early, dropping heavy rains and producing gusty conditions. This afternoon, additional storms are possible but Saturday’s weather forecast calls for clear skies and cooler temperatures.
The third annual Severe Weather Awareness event sponsors will provide free hot dogs and door prizes.
There is no charge to attend, and residents who need weather radio programming can visit the CBCEMA tent.
For additional information, contact Curtis Cline at 728-7289.