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App Released Ahead Of Severe Weather Awareness Week

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Next week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Tennessee, and state officials want to make sure everyone is informed.

Statistics show Tennessee leads the nation in nighttime tornadoes. Thirty two Tennesseans lost their lives to tornadoes in 2011, and 38 Tennesseans lost their lives directly due to weather last year as well.

State experts said that's why it's important to know what to do when there is a severe weather outbreak.

"One of the big highlights of next week, Severe Weather Awareness Week, is going to be a drill -- a severe weather drill, a tornado drill actually-- around 9:30 in the morning on Wednesday of next week. It's a great chance for TN residents, businesses, schools to put their severe weather action plan into place. Make sure what they're going to do and where they're going to go," said Tom Johnstone with the National Weather Service.

Severe weather awareness week is held each year during the third week of February.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is announcing the release of Ready TN, a mobile app to keep you safe.

"It has a number of applications, all of which are intended to be able to help the public in awareness of what's going on around them, where shelters might be located. They're able to pull down information from the TDOT website of the cameras, accidents. Part of that application deals with being able to contact local authorities in the counties. It gives you telephone numbers for local elected officials, chiefs of police, sheriff, and those sort of things," said TEMA Director Jim Bassham.

It is geared to help residents know the hazards in their community and the preparations they should take to be ready for any emergency, and provides location-based information on severe weather, road conditions, open shelters and local government contacts.

TEMA said it doesn't replace a call to 911 in the event of an emergency.

It is currently available on the Android Market, and is under development for the Apple iPhone.

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