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Tennessee Sends Resources to Louisiana for Hurricane Sally Relief

Monday, September 14, 2020 | 02:39pm

Nashville, Tenn. – The State of Tennessee deployed urban search and rescue resources to Louisiana today to support emergency officials readying for life-safety impacts from Hurricane Sally.

“This is what Tennesseans do. In times of disaster or crisis, we volunteer to help those in need,” Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said. “We are proud to serve our neighboring states and provide support during this challenging time.”

The team include a total of 35 members representing departments from the following Tennessee agencies and counties:

• Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management
• Murfreesboro Fire Department
• Franklin Fire Department
• Nashville Fire Department
• Brentwood Fire Department
• Williamson County Emergency Management Agency
• Metro Nashville Public Works
• Metro Nashville Police Department

“We are proud of these dedicated, professional Tennesseans who have answered the call to help our neighbors in Louisiana as they face the potential for catastrophic damages from Hurricane Sally,” TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan said. “We know all too well the damage and destruction from floods and other natural disasters, and just as other states supported us in trying times, I know all Tennesseans want to do whatever we can to help Louisiana in this time of need.”

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is coordinating Tennessee’s Hurricane Sally deployments through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The task force will deploy for 14 days.

Hurricane Sally is currently located approximately 175 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Hurricane Sally is expected to continue strengthening as it approaches the Gulf Coast. Storm surge and heavy rainfall are expected to pose a significant threat.

About the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency: TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders. Follow TEMA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and, at

About ReadyTN:  ReadyTN is a mobile device application from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) providing emergency preparedness, response, and recovery information to Tennesseans.  Ready TN is available for mobile devices running Apple and Android operating systems.  For more information on ReadyTN’s features and on downloading, visit


Attachments: Hurricane Sally Press Release PDF