Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Tennessee has One Week to Get Ready for Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 08:25 am

NASHVILLE, TENN. - Communities in ten states will take part simultaneously in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 to practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking, or Drop, Cover, and Hold On:

  • DROP to the ground;
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head/neck with your arms; and
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

TEMA Successfully Executes Emegency Alert On Next Generation Public Warning System

Monday, September 23, 2013 | 09:17 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) issued the state’s first locally-generated wireless alert over the weekend for an incident in Moore County using new software that will distribute warning messages through multiple channels.

At noon on Saturday, TEMA distributed the wireless alert message about a planned county-wide power outage to Moore County residents, and residents in part of Lincoln County, using the federal Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems (IPAWS).  TEMA delivered the message to residents’ cell phones to let them know their power would be out at 12 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 for about four hours.   The alert message supported local outreach efforts to let Moore County residents know about the outage and what to do to prepare.

Are You Prepared for Emergency Unknowns?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | 10:35 am
All Tennessee families should have disaster kits.
All Tennessee families should have disaster kits.

September is National Preparedness Month

NASHVILLE – Have a Plan. Have a Kit. With September designated as National Preparedness Month, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency are urging residents to plan now for what they would need to do in a disaster, and to have a kit of materials to take care of themselves and their families.

TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, and TEMA Director James Bassham will be taking their “Have a Plan; Have a Kit” message across the state throughout September as they promote the importance of emergency preparedness. While both emphasize the state’s capabilities to respond to disasters, they say individuals and families must be prepared to assume a role in personal health and safety.

Haslam Announces SBA Disaster Declaration for Middle TN

Monday, August 26, 2013 | 03:45 pm

Low-Interest Loans Available to Residents in Davidson and Surrounding Counties


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted a disaster declaration for Metro Nashville-Davidson County and its contiguous counties for the flash flooding that occurred earlier this month.
 
The declaration includes Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties, and an SBA disaster declaration makes homeowners and businesses affected by the disaster eligible for low-interest loans.

Haslam Requests SBA Assistance for Disaster Recovery

Thursday, August 22, 2013 | 10:37 am

Low-Interest Loans Could Aid Residents in Nashville and Surrounding Counties


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has requested assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help individuals and businesses in Metro Nashville and Davidson County and its contiguous counties recover from the severe storms and flash flooding that occurred on August 8-9, 2013.


The additional Tennessee counties that would be eligible for SBA loans are Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson as damage to homes and businesses occurred in multiple locations.

Haslam Announces SBA Disaster Declaration From July Flooding

Friday, August 02, 2013 | 04:29 pm

Low-Interest Loans Available to Residents in Sullivan and Surrounding Counties


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted his disaster declaration request for Sullivan County and its contiguous counties for the severe storms and flash flooding that occurred on July 20-21, 2013.
 
The declaration includes Carter, Hawkins, Johnson and Washington counties, and an SBA disaster declaration makes homeowners and businesses affected by the disaster eligible for low-interest loans.
 

Haslam Requests SBA Assistance for Disaster Recovery

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 01:14 pm

Low-Interest Loans Could Aid Residents in Sullivan and Surrounding Counties


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has requested assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help individuals and businesses in Sullivan County and its contiguous counties recover from the severe storms and flash flooding that occurred on July 20-21, 2013.


The additional Tennessee counties that would be eligible for SBA loans are Carter, Hawkins, Johnson and Washington as damage to homes and businesses occurred in multiple locations.


Tennessee Earns Emergency Management Re-Accreditation

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 12:42 pm

TEMA meets all 64 national standards for disaster preparedness and response

 

Nashville – The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), a national nonprofit that evaluates disaster response agencies, has fully re-accredited Tennessee’s emergency management program and commended the state for its ability to bring together personnel, resources, and communications in preparing for and responding to disasters of any type.  

 

“Re-accreditation is a significant milestone for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency,” said TEMA Director Jim Bassham. “This reaffirms Tennessee’s position as one of the leading emergency management programs in the country.”

Haslam Announces SBA Disaster Declaration from April Flooding

Friday, May 10, 2013 | 01:18 pm

Low-Interest Loans Available to Residents in Stewart and Surrounding Counties
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted his disaster declaration request for Stewart and its surrounding counties after severe storms and flash flooding occurred April 26, 2013.
 
The declaration includes Benton, Henry, Houston and Montgomery Counties, and an SBA disaster declaration makes homeowners and businesses affected by the disaster eligible for low-interest loans.
 

Haslam Requests SBA Assistance for Disaster Recovery

Thursday, May 09, 2013 | 11:44 am

Low-Interest Loans Could Aid Residents in Stewart and Surrounding Counties

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has requested assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help individuals and businesses in Stewart County, and its contiguous counties, recover from the severe storms and flash flooding that occurred on April 26, 2013.

The additional Tennessee counties that would be eligible for SBA loans are Benton, Henry, Houston and Montgomery as damage to homes and businesses occurred in multiple locations.
A joint Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and SBA damage survey shows more than 72 homes and businesses in Stewart County sustained uninsured losses of 40 percent, or more, of their estimated pre-disaster fair market value.