Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

High Water, Currents Pose Risk For Drowning

Monday, May 02, 2011 | 03:43 pm
Know Children’s Whereabouts; Avoid Risky Behavior
NASHVILLE  – The Tennessee Department of Health is issuing an urgent call to parents and adults providing care to keep kids and teenagers from flood waters as well as rivers, lakes and creeks that have higher than normal water levels and strong currents. The department also is asking people to avoid risky behavior, keeping clear of storm water drains, inlets and pipes whenever possible. Several areas across Tennessee are experiencing flooding or face the possibility of flooding later this week.

Four Tennessee Counties Approved for Disaster Assistance

Monday, May 02, 2011 | 03:20 pm

Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington will receive federal assistance
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined FEMA Director Craig Fugate  today to announce the federal government has approved four Tennessee counties to receive federal assistance as a result of the severe storms, flash flooding and tornadoes that struck the state beginning on April 25 and continuing to April 28, 2011.

Haslam Issues Executive Order on Transportation of Emergency Supplies

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | 02:19 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued an executive order suspending certain provisions affecting vehicles carrying emergency equipment, services or supplies to support the emergency relief efforts for the severe storms and tornadoes that crossed Tennessee on April 25, 2011.

Food Safety A Priority In Storm Aftermath

Friday, April 29, 2011 | 05:12 pm
“When in doubt, throw it out,” says Tenn. public health official

NASHVILLE – Due to power outages experienced in storm and flood-impacted areas across the state, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding affected residents of the importance of food safety. To ensure public health and wellness, a senior department official is urging individuals to throw away all perishable food that may have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more.

Flood Recovery Efforts Making Progress

Monday, April 25, 2011 | 08:00 am

Individuals, governments receiving significant assistance through recovery programs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One year after a major flood struck 49 counties in Tennessee and took the lives of 24 individuals, disaster recovery efforts are still underway in many communities. Assistance programs, like home buyouts and public assistance to local government, are continuing to provide relief to the disaster areas.
“Our state agencies and federal partners have worked tirelessly to help Tennessee communities rebuild and recover from the floods last May,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. “We will continue to do our part to ensure the recovery process is working for Tennesseans impacted by this disaster.”