To coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.
Duties of the State Emergency Management Agency
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is empowered by state law and by the Governor’s executive authority (executive orders) to protect the public from disasters and emergencies. TEMA provides multipliers of assistance by reaching out for mutual aid from other departments or agencies of the state, from local jurisdictions, from other states and from the federal government. TEMA manages the flow of materiel and special teams and services to the incident commander. The foundation for this authority is Tennessee Code Annotated 58-2-101 through TCA 58-2-124. TEMA manages millions of dollars of federal grants and assistance provided to help people recover. TEMA and the SEOC perform as the staff of the Governor during a state declaration of emergency. TEMA and the SEOC are charged by law to ensure that the orders of the Governor are implemented and enforced.
Duties of the County Emergency Management Agencies
The county emergency management agency is the first line of defense in responding to emergencies in their jurisdiction. TCA 58-2-110 requires counties to develop a county emergency management plan that is consistent with the TEMP and emergency management program to ensure an effective response and recovery. This plan, called a basic emergency operations plan (BEOP), must be periodically reviewed and approved by TEMA. Conceptually, local emergency management responders deal with an emergency in their jurisdiction with their assets and with as much additional support that may be provided by intrastate mutual aid or assistance under TCA 58-8-101. When the emergency exceeds the local jurisdiction's capability, the county may request additional assistance from higher levels of government. The mayor or his authorized representative, typically the emergency management director, may request formal assistance from other jurisdictions, including state and federal help.