Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

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

Monday, September 15, 2014 | 11:50 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 | 11:00 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 | 06:04 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.

Haslam Announces Five Counties Added to June Flooding Disaster

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 01:28 pm

Twenty-three counties now eligible for recovery funds from federal disaster declaration 
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that five counties have been added to the federal disaster declaration after severe weather on June 5-10, 2014.  A total of 23 counties are now included in the disaster.
 
State and local governments and electrical utilities spent nearly $10 million in response to, and recovery from, the wind damage and flash-flooding impacts.

Haslam Announces David Purkey As TEMA Director

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 10:34 am

 
Purkey to continue serving as governor’s Homeland Security advisor
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of David W. Purkey as a deputy commissioner of the Military Department where he will direct the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). 
 
Purkey has served as interim director of TEMA since the April retirement of Jim Bassham. He will also continue to serve as the governor’s Homeland Security advisor and assistant commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. 

High Rise Safety Important for More Tennesseans Every Year

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 10:00 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 Announces Federal Assistance For 18 Counties

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 11:48 am

Counties receive disaster recovery funds for June flooding
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced President Obama has declared 18 counties as federal disaster areas as a result of severe weather on June 5-10. State and local governments and electrical utilities spent nearly $10 million in response to and recovery from the wind damage and flash-flooding impacts.


“This federal aid will help our communities in rebuilding and recovery,” Haslam said.  “State and local teams worked quickly to survey damage in more than 35 counties to determine the impact of these storms, and we are grateful for this assistance.”

TDH Protecting Tennesseans from Emerging Diseases

Friday, August 08, 2014 | 02:20 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.