The mission of Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency is to assist the community in efforts to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters, whether natural or man-made, that affect the citizens and visitors of our county.
The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA) is a governmental office under the County Mayor of Jefferson County. The JCEMA is the central point of contact for all major emergencies and disasters. JCEMA works in partnership with local state and federal agencies as well as industry and volunteer organizations.
Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency assists community efforts to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters whether natural or man-made. We developed and maintain the Jefferson County Basic Emergency Operations Plan to ensure a coordinated response and we are responsible for requesting additional resources from other county and state partners when necessary. JCEMA is also the reporting agency for damage assessments following natural disasters such as storms, flooding, and earthquakes.
Jefferson County’s Emergency Medical Service provides emergency 911 response with 12 advanced life support ambulances. We also provide non-emergent transport for non-ambulatory patients. Our paramedics are highly trained and provide community education, disaster planning, emergency readiness, and emergency care for large events in addition to ambulance transport.
Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency is the primary point of contact for the District 2 Homeland Security and is responsible for requests and allocations of grant funds for emergency services response to an emergency event or attacks that may involve chemical, biological, nuclear, or explosive materials. We are also responsible for assisting in planning for such events and providing threat assessments.
It is part of the mission of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency to assist the community in efforts to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters, whether natural or man-made, that affect the citizens and visitors of Jefferson County.
JCEMA researches, revises, prints, and distributes the Jefferson County Basic Emergency Plan and assists with the development and implementation of various emergency response and recovery plans for City and County government. These plans enable our local government to operate sufficiently during disaster situations. JCEMA also works with the local jurisdictions to create a Hazard Mitigation plan to assist in the lessening of disaster-related impacts on the citizens of Jefferson County.
Training for Emergency Responders and Public Organizations
JCEMA hosts training classes and/or presentations to response agencies, doctors, nurses, and public organizations on topics such as Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Incident Command, Hazardous Materials Response, and Weather Spotter.
Citizen Preparedness Information
JCEMA provides disaster-related information to organizations and individuals and is intended for preparing citizens for self-reliance in the event of a disaster.
JCEMA participates in numerous emergency exercises annually. Each exercise is evaluated to determine its effectiveness and suggestions for improvement.
The 911/JCEMA facility houses the EOC – Emergency Operations Center. This is the central meeting point for the City and County Mayors, Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, American Red Cross, and others to coordinate response and recovery efforts following a disaster.
Mobile Command Post
Purchased through Homeland Security, a regional command, control, and communications vehicle is available to use at emergency scenes and is also used as a staging area for responders in the event of an emergency during special events.
JCEMA administers several State and Federal Grants providing emergency planning, training, and equipment to emergency responders.
A duty officer is on call 24/7. Duty officers respond to the scene of emergencies and are contacted through Jefferson County 911 or the State Emergency Operations Center.
Storm Ready Community
Jefferson County was one of the first counties in Tennessee to become a designated Storm Ready community by the National Weather Service. The Storm Ready designation is awarded to counties that show a proactive approach in assisting the NWS in disseminating weather information within the community.