Nashville Prepares for Event-Packed Weekend Downtown

Nashville's DEC is ready for a weekend filled with major events.

The Nashville Department of Emergency Communications (DEC) is bracing for a bustling weekend downtown, expecting over 100,000 attendees for various events. These events are part of the more than 700 special events and assignments the DEC supports annually, demonstrating the department’s critical role in managing the city’s emergency communications.

Among the highlighted activities are the Nashville Predators playoff series at Bridgestone Arena and Morgan Wallen’s concerts at Nissan Stadium. To ensure these events proceed smoothly and safely, the DEC has worked in close collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies. This coordination aims to create a unified communication strategy among all parties involved, ensuring that both attendees and residents are well-supported in case of emergencies.

James Matthews, the Public Information Officer for the Nashville Department of Emergency Communications, emphasized the department’s commitment to delivering exceptional service. Matthews encouraged everyone to stay informed and vigilant, reassuring the public that, in case of an emergency, they would receive support from highly skilled professionals.

To handle the expected increase in demand, the DEC is taking several proactive steps:

– Increasing staff levels within DEC operations to ensure quick response times and efficient communication management with partner agencies.

– Deploying the Nashville Telecommunicator Emergency Response Team (NTERT) to focus on downtown events, allowing other dispatchers to maintain regular operations.

– Continuing strong partnerships with law enforcement, fire departments, and other key stakeholders to ensure a coordinated response to any incidents.

The department also reminds the public about the importance of using the right channels for emergency and non-emergency situations. In emergencies, calling 9-1-1 is the quickest way to receive help. For non-emergency issues, residents and visitors are encouraged to use HubNashville, either through its website, smartphone app, or by dialing 3-1-1, for access to non-emergency services and information.

For ongoing updates and announcements, the DEC advises following their social media accounts on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram. These platforms will provide real-time information, helping to keep the public informed throughout the weekend’s events.

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