Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Haslam Requests SBA Assistance for Disaster Recovery

Monday, February 11, 2013 | 01:58 pm

Low-Interest Loans Could Aid Residents in Henderson and Surrounding Counties
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has requested assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help individuals and businesses in Henderson County and the contiguous counties recover from wind, tornado and flooding damages that occurred on Jan. 29, 2013.

Prepare Now for Serious Health Challenges Posed by Winter Weather

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 | 04:45 pm

NASHVILLE – Snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures of winter weather can come with little or no warning, creating minor problems for some and major tragedies for others. The Department of Health is working with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to remind residents about the importance of planning and preparation to avoid weather-related problems in homes, outdoors or on the road this winter. The three departments urge individuals to prepare with a sense of urgency, because winter weather can be unpredictable and even deadly for those who don’t have a winter emergency plan.

Haslam Announces SBA Disaster Declaration After Aug. 5 Storms

Friday, August 17, 2012 | 03:10 pm

Loans available to damaged residences and business in Washington and surrounding counties

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted his disaster declaration request for Washington and its surrounding counties after severe storms and flash flooding occurred Aug. 5, 2012.

The declaration includes Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties, and an SBA disaster declaration makes homeowners and businesses affected by the disaster eligible for low-interest loans.

TDEC Urges Voluntary Water Conservation Measures

Friday, July 06, 2012 | 02:59 pm

Maintaining Adequate Water Supply is an Issue of Both Supply and Demand

NASHVILLE – As hot, dry conditions continue across the state, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is asking communities to be mindful of their water-usage practices and to adhere to any voluntary or mandatory water conservation requests made by local utility districts.  Private water well users also are encouraged to conserve water and have a plan of action in place as drought conditions persist.  

UT Extension Launches Response to State’s Drought Conditions

Friday, July 06, 2012 | 09:41 am

Agency provides resources for farmers and ranchers facing critical decisions due to hot and extremely dry weather; information is available for homeowners, too

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee Extension has launched a new effort to assist the state’s farmers and ranchers as they respond to the historic and unseasonably hot and dry weather – weather that is causing crops to wither and turning pastures to dust plots. The impacts are already far-reaching, with estimated drastic reductions in harvests, especially in feed available for livestock this fall.

Through a public website, farmers have direct access online to information that can help them make the critical and sometimes heart-wrenching decisions necessary to keep their operations and families financially viable. Information specific to Tennessee production systems has been collected and cross-linked on the website: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/drought/ which will be available to the public free of charge on a 24-hour basis.

"Summer Seven" Can Destroy Good Health

Monday, July 02, 2012 | 12:53 pm

NASHVILLE– While there are health challenges in every season, the summer months are loaded with potential risks and hazards that help fill up emergency rooms and generate unnecessary misery. Most injuries and illnesses occurring from July through September can be avoided with a liberal application of prevention.