Briefings, alerts and meetings concerning the winter weather system now upon us in Wilson County filled the week leading up to it for emergency officials.
And while all these are probably time consuming and detract from the normalcy of any given day, we appreciate the time that’s spent keeping the residents of Wilson County safe.
These men and women who spend countless hours studying climate shifts and tracking movements of fronts to predict weather conditions – oftentimes with astounding accuracy days ahead of the storm’s arrival – should be commended for their work.
This is the information that keeps all of us prepared ahead of time and safe when severe weather strikes.
This week in Wilson County, National Weather Service meteorologists have communicated to Wilson County Emergency Management Agency officials and others potentially severe weather was headed our way this weekend.
School leaders also worked with emergency officials to make significant decisions on whether to have classes or keep children at home. Ultimately it was decided to end school early Friday, which turned out to be a wise decision.
We at The Lebanon Democrat, along with other local media outlets, also helped get this important information to our communities.
There will likely be more decisions that have to be made before we’re out of the clear with this front.
All of this works though constant communication to keep our friends and neighbors informed and on alert.
Regardless of whether it’s a winter weather event with snow, ice and freezing rain involved – such as the case this weekend and into Monday – or the threat exists for a tornado or other significant type of storm, it’s good to know we have highly trained people looking out for us.
We urge care and safety for anyone who has to travel this weekend. For those who don’t have to get out, we hope any travel decisions are made on the side of caution.
While we often hope they are wrong in events like these, it’s reassuring to have the information ahead of time when they’re right. And that’s peace of mind that goes a long way.