Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Eight Tennessee Counties To Receive Federal Disaster Assistance

Friday, April 11, 2014 | 05:01 pm

Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Haywood, Houston, Madison, Shelby, Tipton counties   

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the federal government will provide public assistance to eight counties due to the severe winter weather that brought snow, ice and sleet accumulations to the state from March 2 to March 4, 2014.

The presidential disaster declaration will allow government entities and certain private non-profits in Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Haywood, Houston, Madison, Shelby and Tipton counties to apply for reimbursement of specific expenses related to disaster response and recovery. 

Haslam Requests Disaster Declaration for March Storm

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 | 02:23 pm

Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Fayette, Haywood, Houston, Madison, Shelby and Tipton counties
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today requested a presidential disaster declaration for nine counties as a result of extreme winter weather on March 2-4, 2014.
The federal assistance programs would provide access to a 75 percent reimbursement of the eligible costs to Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Fayette, Haywood, Houston, Madison, Shelby, and Tipton counties. This request also includes the hazard mitigation program on a statewide basis.

National Public Health Week & National Vounteer Week Emphasize Need for Emergency Preparedness in Tennessee

Monday, April 07, 2014 | 01:53 pm

NASHVILLE – During the second week in April, two national celebrations will be marked across Tennessee:  National Public Health Week and National Volunteer Week. The Tennessee Department of Health and many county and metro health departments are using the week to encourage more residents to volunteer for service in the Tennessee Medical Reserve Corps.

TEMA Wants Tennesseans to be Ready for Severe Weather

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | 01:58 pm

Severe Weather Awareness Week, Feb. 16 to Feb. 22, Highlights Tornado, Flood, Thunderstorm and Lightning Threats

Meteorologists Remember 1974 Tornado Super Outbreak


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and National Weather Service (NWS) are asking Tennesseans to make planning and preparing for severe weather a priority during Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week, Feb. 16, to Feb. 22, 2014.

Gov. Haslam Declares State of Emergency to Ensure Propane Availability to Heat Homes and Businesses

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 02:32 pm

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued Executive Order #35 today declaring a State of Emergency in Tennessee to exempt the federal Hours of Service requirements in the state for the transporting of propane during the next period of cold weather.

Carbon Monoxide: A Cold Winter Threat

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 01:04 pm

NASHVILLE – To keep warm air in and cold air out in winter months, most of us strive to keep every door and window tightly closed. While that may help reduce heating bills, it may also increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Every year we see emergency room visits and tragic deaths from carbon monoxide that can be prevented with greater awareness and actions to avoid these manageable risks,” said Stephen May, MD, medical director for the TDH Emergency Preparedness Program. “While carbon monoxide poisoning is a year-round threat, it’s more common in cold weather when people are seeking ways to keep warm by using space heaters inside.”

Be Prepared for Winter Driving

Thursday, January 02, 2014 | 10:26 am

NASHVILLE – A new round of winter weather is moving into Tennessee as many residents are still returning home from holiday visits or getting back into work routines. Wherever you’re driving, don’t pack up the car without including your emergency supplies! Snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures of winter weather can come with little or no warning and can create treacherous driving conditions. The Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans to plan ahead to avoid dangerous winter travel problems.