State promotes September as emergency preparedness month

Monday, September 08, 2014 | 10:00 am


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There are dangers in everyday living that can become life-threatening without warning. How you prepare to handle those emergencies can mean the difference between being a survivor, or a victim. September is National Preparedness Month and state government is doing what it can to prepare itself and Tennesseans.


With September designated as national emergency preparedness month, the Tennessee Departments of Health, Military and Safety and Homeland Security are urging residents to plan now for what they would need to do in the event of an emergency, and to have a kit of materials to take care of themselves and their families.


“Preparedness is a state of mind; an attitude really,” David Purkey, Deputy Commissioner of TEMA and Homeland Security Advisor, said. “Our efforts are greatly amplified when the public does their part to be prepared by having a plan for emergencies.”

Tennessee promotes National Preparedness Month with Media Kick-Off

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 05:04 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Departments of the Military, Safety & Homeland Security and Health will host a press conference at 10:30 a.m., CST, on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at the Military Department’s Headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.

High Rise Safety Important for More Tennesseans Every Year

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 09:00 am

NASHVILLE – A steadily increasing number of Tennesseans live or work in multi-story or high-rise buildings, structures for human occupancy more than 75 feet above the lowest level. To protect personal health and safety in these buildings, residents need to be aware of unique challenges associated with height and the ability of first responders to provide services in an emergency.

Haslam Appoints Task Force On Sentencing and Recidivism

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 09:27 am

Group to develop legislative and policy recommendations  
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the formation of the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of the administration’s overall effort to reduce crime and improve public safety.
In June, the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet announced a partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice to review sentencing and correction policies and practices.  The creation of a task force is the next step in that collaboration.

Graceland Nursing Center Admissions Suspension Lifted

Friday, August 08, 2014 | 03:51 pm

NASHVILLE  – The Tennessee Department of Health announces that the suspension of admissions at Graceland Nursing Center has been lifted effective August 6. The facility is a 240-bed licensed nursing home located at 1250 Farrow Road in Memphis.

TDH Protecting Tennesseans from Emerging Diseases

Friday, August 08, 2014 | 01:20 pm

NASHVILLE – Protecting people from infectious diseases is a vital part of the mission of the Tennessee Department of Health, and TDH works around the clock to prepare for, respond to and protect people in the state from diseases both familiar and new to Tennessee. TDH has plans in place to respond to emerging diseases such as Ebola Virus Disease that are now spreading outside the U.S. as well as future health threats that may develop.

Bats: Helpful Insect Eaters & Infrequent Rabies Carriers

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 | 09:41 am

NASHVILLE – The recent finding of a bat infected with rabies in Tennessee is a reminder these helpful, flying insect eaters should not be handled by humans. Although only a few bats are identified with rabies in Tennessee each year, it can only take one contact with an infected bat to transmit the fatal disease. The last human case of rabies in Tennessee occurred over a decade ago when contact with a bat occurred but was not reported.

Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life!

Friday, August 01, 2014 | 01:55 pm

World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1-7, 2014

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has been helping mothers give their babies the best start in life for more than 90 years, and education and support for breastfeeding are a big part of these important efforts. TDH celebrates World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7 to help promote the importance of breastfeeding as a lifesaving goal.

Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise in Tennessee

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 01:22 pm

New State Law on ‘Overdose Antidote’ Naloxone Use Now in Place

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health’s Vital Statistics office today released data on 2013 drug overdose deaths in the state. The 1,166 fatalities last year involved prescribed and illegal drugs, unintentional and intentional overdoses, and compares with 1,094 overdose deaths in 2012. In each of the last two years, more people died from drug overdoses in Tennessee than in either motor vehicle accidents or homicides or suicides*.