Mayor Urges Employers To Send Workers Home Early

Posted at 3:08 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 16:08:29-05

With a threat of severe weather across Middle Tennessee, Nashville Mayor, Megan Barry, has encouraged Nashville employers to send their workers home early.

She requested the short work day in hopes of getting ahead of Wednesday's potential severe weather that could arrive late in the day.

“My first priority is that our citizens are safe,” Mayor Barry said. “We have the best chance of making sure that happens if we manage the combination of severe weather and holiday travel by getting people off the roads and into their homes as quickly as possible.”

Metro’s Office of Emergency Management partially activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 2 p.m. to prepare for potentially high winds, large hail and the possibility of tornadoes.

Mayor Barry urged citizens to be ready to move to an interior, windowless room and have their cell phones charged and flashlights ready in case of a power outage.