The mission of the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency is to improve our county’s resilience against all hazards by engaging the whole community in prevention, mitigation, response and recovery efforts.
This is accomplished through collaborative partnerships that focus on emergency planning, development and sustainment of emergency response organizations and programs, effective communications and warnings, provision of capability enhancing equipment, development and delivery of training, and ongoing evaluation of capabilities and program efficacy.
History of the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency
The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) was initially formed in May of 1979 as the Office of Civil Defense. In September of 1984, in coordination with state efforts and the formation of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, the name was changed to the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency.
Williamson County EMA has undergone several changes since its creation, but has always remained dedicated to the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery needed to keep Williamson County a thriving and safe community. This is achieved through emergency services training, community programs, and planning coordinated responses in advance for any hazards that may arise.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
In 1951 the State of Tennessee formed the Office of Civil Defense in an effort to promote national preparedness against threats of the Cold War and other catastrophic events.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency emerged from Civil Defense in 1984 after the Waverly Tennessee Disaster.
TEMA is the lead agency in the state of Tennessee for coordinating a state level response to disasters. The agency also manages emergency plans, such as the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan (TEMP), which directs the state's responses to disasters and coordinates disaster recovery.
TEMA is involved in training state and local responders in handling hazardous materials, search and rescue, and education on the Incident Command System, or ICS. The agency also coordinates and assists in programs and grants that aid local agencies in emergency response.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Federal Emergency Management Agency was established in 1979 under President Carter with Executive Order 12127. This brought unity of effort to the federal government's response to catastrophic events and disasters, which dates back to 1803 when Congress issued its first piece of disaster legislation to support a small New Hampshire town after a destructive fire. Today, FEMA exists under the Department of Homeland Security and continues the federal government's mission to assist state and local governments in their responses to large scale incidents.