With there being no way to predict what kind of impact Hurricane Laura will have on Tennessee the TDCI is urging residents to prepare for worst-case scenario.


The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the following information to help prepare residents for the unknown surrounding Hurricane Laura:

"While it is impossible to predict the impact of Hurricane Laura on Tennessee, we urge Tennessee consumers to start preparing now so they will be ready for a worst-case scenario, if it develops. To help prepare consumers, make sure you have bottled water, a first-aid kit, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, non-perishable food items, blankets, clothing, prescription drugs, eyeglasses, personal hygiene supplies, a cell phone charger or solar charge, and a small amount of cash as well as ATM and debit cards. 

Be informed of local weather broadcasts. Have multiple ways to receive weather information and warnings, including some that don’t require electricity, like a weather radio. 

Do not drive or walk through high water. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

Do not attempt to move any downed power lines.

For personal safety, identify what storm shelter is available to your family and prepare an evacuation plan. Choose two meeting places: one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire; and one outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home.

If you need to evacuate your home, turn off all utilities and disconnect appliances to reduce the chance of additional damage and electrical shock when utilities are restored.

If you are without power and using a fuel-powered generator to supply electricity, remember that generators should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from any windows, doors and vent openings."