Marshall County Emergency Management Agency
Hardison Office Annex
230 College Street, Suite 100
Lewisburg, Tennessee 37091
The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency responds to all emergencies except those covered by the Marshall County Emergency Medical Services. Functioning for many years as the local Civil Defense team, Marshall County EMA changed its name and broadened its scope in 1979. Under the capable leadership of Bob Hopkins, the many trained volunteers respond to emergencies surrounding fires, floods, tornadoes, draught, search and rescue, extreme heat/cold, terrorists attacks, containment and stabilization of hazardous waste, explosives, and accidents that require traffic control. The office monitors the local landfill, the weather, and the river water levels and broadcasts alerts accordingly. Training and certification for CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team, is also handled through this office.
MCEMA serves as a point of contact and as a training site for the eight volunteer fire departments in the county, writes emergency plans for buildings designed to contain groups of people, such as daycare centers, nursing homes, and churches, and boasts the only volunteer hazardous materials team in Tennessee. They administer and update the Marshall County Emergency Operations Plan and the Marshall County Hazardous Mitigation Plan, work with the Marshall County Health Department and the South Central Regional Health Office in training and response for a possible smallpox or flu pandemic, serve as the lead agency for Marshall County on Tactical Interoperable Communications, and receive the annual Sara III reporting for Marshall County industries and insert it into a CAMEO computer database in their office.
Funding for this office is provided by Marshall County government, TEMA, FEMA, and the office of Homeland Security. The local office applies for the various state and federal grants, which provide equipment and training for responders/volunteers.
Staff members include Director Steve Calahan and Valerie Staggs.