Sunday at 2 a.m. marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time for 2014. "Spring Forward" by setting your clocks ahead by one hour.
The twice a year ritual is also a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, test them, and review your preparedness plans with your family and co-workers.
The Shelby County Office of Preparedness, under the leadership of Bob Nations, Jr., Director, recommends the following safety tips:
• Have a NOAA all-hazards weather radio with a tone alert and battery back-up or an ALERTFM with you at all times. Heed the advisories, watches, and warning. Take advantage of social media from the Office of Preparedness and upload the free ReadyTN mobile app.
• Create a "safe place" at home, work, and any other place you spend time. For severe weather this is the lowest floor of the building with the most walls around it.
• Have a disaster kit for home, work, and auto with enough supplies to sustain you, your family, and pets for at least 7 days. Make sure it is portable in case you need to evacuate.
• Have that important conversation with those you most care about to make a communications plan. Decide where you will meet if separated in your community.
. "Spring Forward" with a plan to be prepared for all emergencies!