Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 01:32 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 | 12:04 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 | 09:26 am
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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.

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.