Bradley County and Southeast Tennessee residents are the first to understand that while living in this "neck of the woods,” we will experience seasonal changes in both temperature and weather …
Bradley County and Southeast Tennessee residents are the first to understand that while living in this "neck of the woods,” we will experience seasonal changes in both temperature and weather extremes.
The Blizzard of 1993, and the tornadoes of 1974, 2011 and 2012, as well as a multitude of other natural events, have given us reason to respect the forces of nature. They also have taught us to prepare ourselves, and our families, for the worst possible outcome, therefore helping to ensure our safety and the best possible outcome.
February is still a time of potentially cold temperatures in this region. While we have time, and intermittent good weather, let's all try to keep adequate supplies at home and check on our neighbors who may not be so fortunate.
The concept of “each one help one” is a good idea to practice in a neighborhood, and all across our community. Each day our local law enforcement, emergency medical, fire, rescue, emergency management, 911, dispatch, medical providers, public works and utility providers instill safety and planning for emergencies as part of their daily routines. This ensures they are ready to help in a time of need.
But, you may find yourself in a situation where seconds count and your help that is on its way is still minutes away. The best thing we can all do to help the odds of a successful outcome is to better prepare ourselves, our families and our community while awaiting the professional help that is en route to our location.
Remain aware of your location, and your surroundings, at all times. Provide easily visible address markings in their proper place so that emergency personnel can readily identify your home or place of business.
Have an emergency plan and make sure that it is rehearsed at least twice a year and is known by every member of your home or office. Identify a way of communicating if your primary form of communication is disrupted.
Change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries every six months, to help ensure they remain in working condition. Remember the wise words of those who were here way before us — "This too shall pass” — and we will then be on to another challenge and another season.
In less than two months, we will begin to experience the beautiful flowers of spring and the regrowth of all of the dormant foliage that has been a part of this season.
For those of us who have been around for a few decades, we might have lost some of the wonder and the admiration of this process. May we all stop for a brief moment to truly see the beauty of each season of this amazing region, and also within our own lives. All are worthy of respect and reverence, and should be held in the highest regard as something that is not to be feared but to be truly cherished.
Thank you for being a part of this community and continuing to do your part to keep Bradley County ... Tennessee at its best! It’s great to be allowed to serve you, the wonderful citizens of Bradley County.
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