Tennessee’s PBS Stations Join TEMA in National Preparedness Month Push

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 | 2:31pm

Tennessee’s PBS Stations Join TEMA in National Preparedness Month Push

PBS Stations Produce Documentary, Ready Tennessee, to Educate Tennesseans on Emergency Planning

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Tennessee Public Television Council (TPTC) are teaming up for National Preparedness Month in September to get emergency preparedness information into the households of more than 4 million Tennesseans.

TEMA and the TPTC’s member Public Broadcasting System (PBS) stations have produced Ready Tennessee, a 30-minute documentary that provides practical planning tips to help individuals and families be prepared for disasters and emergencies.  

"Relationships are vitally important to our world of emergency management and preparedness," said TEMA Deputy Commissioner David Purkey. "We are fortunate to have a great partner like TPTC who can help us get information out to a diverse audience about taking emergency readiness seriously. Plus, the more people we can educate about disaster planning, the less likely we are to put first responders in harm's way."

Ready Tennessee features segments on understanding watches and warnings, home safety information, influenza preparedness, fire safety and severe weather readiness.  

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam are hosts for the Ready Tennessee documentary and emphasize how important it is for families to have plans and resources in place for disasters and emergencies. 

“The Tennessee Public Television Council is excited about the opportunity to partner with TEMA on the production of Ready Tennessee,” said Vickie Lawson, TPTC chair, and CEO and president of East Tennessee PBS. “Each of the six Public Television Stations in our state care deeply about the communities they serve and believes that helping to educate everyone in the state about emergency planning is vital.  We are hopeful for future partnerships with TEMA and other state organizations that truly care for all residents of our great state.”

Ready Tennessee will air at the following dates and times on Tennessee’s PBS channels in September:

  • WCTE, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m., CT
  • East TN PBS, Sept. 4, at 10:30 p.m., ET
  • NPT, Sept. 4, at 9:30 p.m., CT
  • WTCI, Sept. 13, at 10:30 p.m., ET
  • WLJT, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m., CT
  • WKNO, Sept. 17, at 9:30 p.m., CT

Tennessee's PBS stations will continue to broadcast Ready Tennessee on their main channels over the next year with additional airings on the Tennessee Channel.  The documentary will also be available online through the individual PBS stations' websites.

National Preparedness Month, now in its 12th year, is a nationwide, month-long collaborative effort between the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Ready Campaign, and state and local emergency management officials.  The campaign educates on how to stay safe during disasters and encourages households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.  Information about making an emergency plan is available at: http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

“Having a carefully thought out plan for yourself and your family can be critically important in preserving life and health during an emergency,” said Paul Petersen, PharmD, Tennessee Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Director. “A good plan and a kit of emergency supplies to last for at least three days may be very important if there’s an event that disrupts services and affects the ability of responders to come to your aid.”  

TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.  More information is available at www.tnema.org

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