What is Emergency Management?

Emergencies, Disasters and Catastrophes can strike anywhere and anytime.  It takes on many forms — a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, flood, fire or hazardous material spill. It can be an act of nature or an act of terrorism.  It can build over days, weeks, or it can hit suddenly without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster and it’s terrifying consequences.  On the national level FEMA is the lead agency in an emergency situation, TEMA is our statewide agency and on the local level it is the Elizabethton Carter County Emergency Management Agency.  It is our mission to support the citizens and first responders of Carter County to ensure that we all work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.  The county emergency management agency is the first line of defense in responding to emergencies, but we are not the only line of defense.  EMA is not the team, we are part of the team that includes federal partners, state, and local officials, the private sector, non-profit organizations, faith-based groups and the general public. We all work together to reduce our risks and vulnerability to numerous hazards.
The Elizabethton Carter County Emergency Management Agency coordinates the overall county response to disasters.  The EMA office is responsible for:

  • Alerting and notifying appropriate agencies when disaster strikes
  • Coordinating all agencies that respond
  • Ensuring resources are available and mobilized in times of disaster
  • Developing plans and procedures for response to and recovery from disasters
  • Developing and providing preparedness materials for the public

To learn more about the Carter County EMA, or what you can do to help, call us at (423) 542-1888 or email us at ema@cartercountytn.gov.  For ALL EMERGENCIES call 911.