Tennessee Nurses Deploy to Florida for Hurricane Irma Response

Friday, September 08, 2017 | 04:39pm

CHATTANOOGA – Tennessee nurse strike teams will deploy from Chattanooga on Saturday, September 9 and travel to Florida to work with local, state and federal officials in response to Hurricane Irma. The nurses will depart from the Volunteer Air National Guard Armory in Chattanooga at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

The nurse strike teams are comprised of four teams of ten nurses each and supported by four emergency management personnel. The 40 Tennessee Department of Health nurses are being rostered from state, regional and local health departments across the state. These public health nurses will provide crucial medical care and support to Hurricane Irma survivors.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the deployment. The nurse strike teams will base their operations out of Tallahassee, Fla. for an eight- to 14-day deployment. 


What:                   Deployment of Tennessee nurse strike teams to Florida for emergency response operations

When:                  Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. EDT

Where:                Volunteer Air National Guard Armory

                              6447 Bonny Oaks Drive

                              Chattanooga, TN 37416

MEDIA NOTE:  Members of the media are asked to arrive by 9 a.m. for availability with departing team members and footage of loading and departure. Identification must be presented for entrance to the base.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Amanda Goodhard, 423-362-3398 or Amanda.Goodhard@tn.gov or Shelley Walker, 615-804-9972 or Shelley.Walker@tn.gov