Director Keith Garrison
Assistant Director Jill Lewis
Crossville/Cumberland co. EMA
42 Southbend Dr.
Crossville, TN 38555
The Activities of the Emergency Management Agency is the planning, coordination, and implementation of all emergency management and Homeland Security related activities for Crossville and Cumberland County. The foundation for this authority is Tennessee Code Annotated 58-2-101 through TCA 58-2-124, Emergency Management, as well as federal laws and regulations, Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III and the Homeland Security Act.
The emergency management agency is responsible for controlling the response to emergencies in their jurisdiction. TCA 58-2-110 requires counties to develop a county emergency management plan that is consistent with the TEMP and emergency management program to ensure an effective response and recovery. This plan, under TCA 58-2-106, must be periodically reviewed and approved by TEMA. Conceptually, local emergency management responders deal with an emergency in their jurisdiction with their assets and with only as much additional support as may be provided by intrastate mutual aid or assistance under TCA 58-8-101 to TCA 58-8-115. When the emergency exceeds the local jurisdiction’s capability, the county may request additional assistance from higher levels of government. The mayor or his authorized representative, usually the emergency management director, may request formal assistance from other jurisdictions, including state and federal help.
The Mission of the Emergency Management Agency is to lessen the loss of life and reduce injuries and property damage during natural and technological man-made incidents/events through mitigation (reducing the negative impact of disasters before they occur), preparedness (Public Awareness, conducting training and exercises for First Responders, creating/ updating emergency plans), response (coordinating quick and timely response by providing resources and equipping First Responders), and recovery (coordinating and expending restoration efforts).