Tennessee among leaders in emergency readiness

10:00 am | May 24, 2013

Between a bombing in Massachusetts, an explosion in Texas, and, most recently, a devastating tornado in Oklahoma, the past two months have shown Americans disaster can strike at any time.

File Photo by Brandon HicksDebris lines a roadside in Johnson County in the wake of the tornado that touched down in April of 2011. According to Carter County EMA Director Andrew Worley, emergency preparedness is essential for Tennessee because of the wide variety of incidents that occur.

File Photo by Brandon Hicks
Debris lines a roadside in Johnson County in the wake of the tornado that touched down in April of 2011. According to Carter County EMA Director Andrew Worley, emergency preparedness is essential for Tennessee because of the wide variety of incidents that occur.

Tennesseans, however, can take some comfort knowing their home state is among the nation’s leaders in emergency preparedness.

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency again received accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.

Specifically, the state was singled out for its ability to bring together personnel, resources, and communications in reaction or prevention of disaster.

In a press release, TEMA Director Jim Bassham said the accreditation served as proof of the state’s devotion to emergency management.

“This reaffirms Tennessee’s position as one of the leading emergency management programs in the country,” Bassham said.

Carter County EMA Director Andrew Worley, who spent the majority of a decade working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Bassham’s claims are not unfounded.

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