Gov. Bill Lee Announces September as National Preparedness Month

Friday, September 01, 2023 | 08:23am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) are recognizing September 2023 as National Preparedness Month and urging Tennesseans to get prepared for disasters.

“National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to renew our commitment to emergency preparedness in homes, businesses, and communities across Tennessee,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “Whether facing flooding, severe storms, or winter weather, it is vital that Tennesseans remain prepared for any disaster.”

National Preparedness Month is observed each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. This year’s campaign will also highlight resources for preparing older adults for disasters.

“Across Tennessee, we have seen communities band together to support their neighbors in the aftermath of disasters,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. “We know older adults can face greater challenges during emergencies and we are committed to engaging with communities to provide the resources they need.”

Throughout September, TEMA will promote emergency preparedness topics including how to make a plan, build an emergency kit, and stay informed about risks in your area.

More information on how to prepare can be found at with resources such as a family communication plan template and a basic emergency supplies checklist.

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, Instagram, X, LinkedIn, and at