To assist the community in efforts to
prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from emergencies affecting the
citizens of Anderson County.
The Office of Emergency Management and
Homeland Security (OEM) is tasked by Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to
coordinate and carry out a comprehensive plan to assist community efforts to
prepare for, respond to, and recover from all types of man-made and natural
disasters. This assistance is accomplished through planning, training, grant
funding, and mitigation.
In September 2009, OEM updated the Anderson
County Emergency Management Plan, detailing the preparedness and response
actions required of more than 80 agencies during emergencies. Throughout the
year, OEM staff works with many of these agencies to improve response
An extensive inventory of resources
available from these agencies and the private sector allows OEM to respond to
requests for manpower, equipment, and supplies during disaster operations.
OEM has a leading role in providing and
coordinating training opportunities for all emergency response agencies.
Working with the Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Tennessee
Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Department of Forestry, and Tennessee
State Fire Academy, classes in incident command, firefighting, and hazardous
materials response are offered locally.
Click here for
a list of free independent study classes available to the public.
An important part of OEM is the Damage
Assessment Team, comprised of citizen volunteers trained to estimate property
damage following natural disasters. With the help of these volunteers, reports
needed to request state or federal assistance may be quickly compiled and
submitted. Please click the "Contact Us" button if you are interested in
training to be a member of this team.
OEM aggressively pursues federal and state
grant opportunities. Since October 2002, OEM has received grant funds totaling
$1.8 million. In support of the state Homeland Security program, these funds
are directed toward equipment and training to improve Anderson County's ability
to respond to disasters and threats or acts of terrorism.
As requested, OEM staff provides grant
writing assistance to departments seeking awards under the Department of
Homeland Security Fire Act Grant program. Successful OEM-assisted grant
requests have provided $700,000 in federal funds to county volunteer fire
Mitigation includes activities that
eliminate or reduce the chance or effects of a man-made or natural disaster.
OEM is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of a comprehensive hazard
mitigation plan to provide direction and planning for Anderson County’s six
To this end, OEM works in cooperation with
Anderson County Local Emergency Planning Committee to track location and
quantity of hazardous materials used in industry and manufacturing throughout
OEM is responsible for the coordination of
multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response to natural and man-made disasters
affecting Anderson County. The Emergency Operations Center, activated during
major emergencies, serves as a command center for officials to ensure
communications flow, resource acquisition, and coordination of response