Tennessee Deploys Resources to Vermont for Flooding Response

Tuesday, August 01, 2023 | 12:49pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) deployed two emergency management personnel to Vermont to support the state’s ongoing flood response.

“Tennesseans have answered Vermont’s call and I’m proud our emergency management professionals continue to help where there is the most need,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. “The importance of this compact and the ability for states to help each other in times of disaster cannot be overstated.”

TEMA will provide a Planning Section Chief and an Operations Section Chief to coordinate response efforts in Vermont’s State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Waterbury, VT. The two-person team will deploy for 14 days.

TEMA is coordinating Tennessee’s deployments through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the nation’s state-to-state mutual aid system. For additional information on EMAC and how sates help each other in times of disaster, visit emacweb.org.

Earlier this month, Vermont experienced historic flooding across the state impacting homes, businesses, and agriculture. On July 14, FEMA granted a federal disaster declaration to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe flooding.

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 social media and at tn.gov/tema.