About Us

Mission Statement

To promote a whole community that is resilient and sustainable from all threats and hazards. This will be accomplished through a proactive and professional Emergency Management Program that fosters partnerships within the community to create a model of excellence for preventing, protecting against, responding to, mitigating, and recovering from emergencies and disasters.


Per State law, the Shelby County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is the local lead agency responsible for preventing, protecting against, responding to, mitigating, and assisting in the recovery from emergencies and disasters.

Each county must establish and maintain such an emergency management agency and shall develop a county emergency management plan and program that is coordinated and consistent with the Tennessee Emergency Management Planning (TEMP).

Each county emergency management agency created and established pursuant to this chapter shall have a director who shall be appointed by the Chief Local Elected Official (CLEO) and, if required, approved by the governing body of the county. Each director has direct responsibility for the organization, administration, and operation of the county emergency management agency, subject only to the direction and control of the CLEO and shall serve as liaison to Tennessee Emergency Management Association (TEMA) and other local emergency management agencies and organizations.

These mission areas are just some of the responsibilities that the county and city EMAs handle daily:

  • Planning
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Operations
  • Logistics Support
  • Training/Exercises
  • Community Outreach and Education