Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Protect Yourself and Others from Cold Weather Deaths

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 | 03:26 pm
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11 Tennesseans Tragically Lost to Hypothermia Since Start of 2015

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging Tennesseans to stay warm and protect themselves, friends and family members from deadly hypothermia as another round of severe cold weather impacts the state. A preliminary review of January and February 2015 fatalities indicates more than one-third of 30 cold weather-related deaths in Tennessee have been attributed to hypothermia, caused when the body’s core temperature drops to unsafe levels. Among the hypothermia deaths that have occurred, there appear to be no unexpected or previously unidentified individual risk factors. The long stretch of unusually cold weather caught many unprepared for the disaster.

Hypothermia A Significant Health Threat

Friday, February 20, 2015 | 11:55 am

Alcohol, Drugs Increase Risk

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency are warning residents that alcohol and certain drugs increase the risk for hypothermia. The condition occurs when the body’s core temperature drops to 95° or lower and its effects can be deadly.

Extreme Weather Can Impact Livestock

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 04:31 pm

NASHVILLE— As the temperatures plummet and the icy conditions take hold, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is urging citizens to take steps to keep livestock safe and healthy.

“Most livestock tolerate cold weather well,” state veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “However, extreme temperature changes can have a dramatic impact on an animal’s health and performance.”

State Agencies Prepare for Winter Storm, Urge Citizens to Avoid Unnecessary Road Travel

Sunday, February 15, 2015 | 07:17 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) urge citizens to avoid unnecessary road travel on Monday as the state prepares for a severe winter storm. Motorists who must drive on Monday are advised to check local forecasts and road conditions before traveling.

Haslam Travels To Afghanistan, Germany

Monday, September 29, 2014 | 10:26 am

 
Governor member of Council of Governors delegation



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam traveled to Germany and Afghanistan over the weekend, where he met with military leaders and troops.  Haslam took the trip as a newly appointed member of the nation’s Council of Governors.  The organization’s purpose is to strengthen links between the states and federal defense officials.


“Visiting our troops and being able to thank them for their service in person is always an honor, especially when they are half way around the world,” Haslam said. “These men and women serve under very difficult conditions, and their ongoing commitment and determination to defending our freedom is humbling.”

State Issues Alternate Numbers for 9-1-1 Emergency Services in West Tennessee

Monday, September 15, 2014 | 10:50 am

West Tennessee Experiencing Disruptions to cellular 9-1-1 systems

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency have issued a series of Wireless Emergency Alerts for several West Tennessee counties due to a disruption of routing for cellular calls to 9-1-1 centers for emergency services.

State promotes September as emergency preparedness month

Monday, September 08, 2014 | 10:00 am

TAKE INITIATIVE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE IN AN EMERGENCY

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.