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Nashville urges emergency preparedness

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Agencies from across Tennessee have a message for Nashvillians: Be prepared.

More than a dozen groups, including Nashville's fire, health and emergency management departments along with the National Guard, gathered Thursday at Centennial Park for a preparedness fair.

Different exhibits stressed the importance of being ready for a disaster, including having enough supplies to stay in your home for three days.

"If they don't have power or water, do you have enough food, water, clothing, batteries, flashlights to be able to stay in your home until we can get to you?" said Rachel Majors with Metro Health Department. "Because we can't get to everyone first." 

In a region that has seen disasters from floods to tornadoes, officials said accurate weather information can also be critical.

They recommended people use a variety of sources including television, smartphones and NOAA weather radios. (Click here to download free Channel 4 apps for phones and tablets.)

The health department was also giving away vouchers for free weather radios and emergency kits.

A Vanderbilt LifeFlight helicopter took a starring role, landing in the middle of the field in front of the Parthenon. Visitors had a chance to see the flying emergency room up close.

"Sometimes people only get to see these people and this equipment on their worst day so this is a great opportunity to come out and show the fire truck and the communications equipment and obviously the helicopter," said Jeff Gray with Vanderbilt Emergency Communications.

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