Safety is our top priority, for both you and our crews, especially during hazardous weather events. Here are some tips to keep in mind to protect yourself in bad weather.
Familiarize yourself with the most common types of weather warnings and learn how to respond to each situation. These alerts are common in colder months:
Winter storms can bring strong winds, dangerously low temperatures and heavy ice, sleet, snow or freezing rain. These conditions make driving and prolonged outdoor exposure risky, so it’s important to stay cautious and keep backup heat sources on-hand.
Cold winds and 5+ inches of ice, sleet, snow or freezing rain may fall. Prepare backup heat sources and avoid travel.
In the next 12 hours, heavy snow of at least 6 inches (or ½ inch of sleet) will fall. Prepare backup heat and power sources and avoid travel.
Freezing rain or 2–4 inches of snow will probably cause significant inconvenience. Prepare backup heat sources and be careful when traveling.
Snow and wind will reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile. There may be 35+ mph sustained winds. Prepare backup heat sources and avoid travel.
A quarter-inch or more of ice may fall. Prepare backup heat and power sources and avoid travel.
Temperatures could drop below freezing in the next 36 hours. Keep an eye on the weather.
Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. Protect new or cold-sensitive plants and allow faucets to drip to avoid damage to pipes. Practice caution while driving.
Gusts of wind will reach temperatures below -5º–19ºF. Avoid prolonged exposure to the cold.
Gusts of wind will reach temperatures below –20ºF. Avoid prolonged exposure to the cold.
During a Wind Chill or Freeze Watch, temperatures may drop so low, water freezes. It can lead to power outages, frozen pipes and dangerous roads. Check your heater, update your emergency kit and charge or put gas in your car. Identify emergency heating sources or locations to go for warmth. Learn about the signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
During a Wind Chill or Freeze Warning, temperatures drop so low, water freezes. Prepare for potential power outages, let faucets drip and avoid driving. Dress in layers, don’t go outside for too long and watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite. Use emergency heating sources if you lose power or move to a location where you'll stay warm.
Floods cause more deaths than any other weather disaster in the United States. Within minutes of heavy rainfall, floods can occur anywhere at anytime, causing violent, fast-moving waters to surge through an area. Practice these safety tips to protect yourself.
It’s possible that a flash flood may occur quickly and without much warning. Be prepared to move to higher ground just in case.
A flash flood is occurring. Seek higher ground and do not drive through flooded areas.
In Tennessee, thunderstorms occur 50 days out of every year, on average. Because storms are so frequent, learning about them is crucial for your safety.
A severe thunderstorm is possible. Prepare for potential power outages, strong winds, lightning, large hail & possible tornadoes.
A severe thunderstorm is occurring. Shelter inside, away from windows.
On average, Chattanooga experiences at least 2 tornadoes per year. Tornadoes are destructive and can be deadly. Follow these tips to protect yourself.
The conditions are right for a tornado to occur. Stay alert, identify a safe room and prepare for possible outages.
A tornado has been spotted. Take shelter immediately in a basement or interior room on the lowest level of a building, away from windows.