There are frequent incidents involving air or rail passenger travel which result in death or serious injury. TEMA typically does not respond to highway incidents (unless requested) since local responders and local emergency management personnel can handle these issues. Air and rail accidents usually require more resources than available in the local jurisdiction and are often handled by TEMA. The state also has 4 major airports, and several smaller ones.
When driving on our highways motorists are encouraged to buckle their seatbelts and be aware of potential stoppages of traffic. Emergency management officials in Tennessee will normally re-route traffic when there are lengthy delays expected on major highways or interstates. Travelers by air or rail are advised to check the threat levels established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and take precautions accordingly.