Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Preparedness Urged for Seasonal Severe Weather

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 | 10:01 am

NASHVILLE – While a tornado can occur anytime throughout the year, the peak risk months in Tennessee for property damage and loss of life from twisters and floods are March, April and May.  Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency this week reminded residents of the need to be alert for severe weather public messaging and to have a plan to protect themselves and their families.

Haslam Announces Federal Disaster Assistance For 35 Counties

Thursday, April 02, 2015 | 11:18 am

Response to worst ice storm in two decades  
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the federal government will provide assistance to 35 counties still recovering from the severe winter storm of February 15 to February 22, 2015, that took 30 lives and caused widespread damage.
“This deadly and devastating storm required a comprehensive and coordinated response from many, and this federal assistance will hopefully provide some relief to these counties that are trying to recover and rebuild,” Haslam said.

Protect Yourself and Others from Cold Weather Deaths

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 | 03:26 pm

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.”