Director- J. Allen Lendley
Deputy Director- Matt Aussiker
Operations Officer- Brandon Gunn
Communications Officer- Rich Claing
The mission of the Emergency Management Agency is to develop and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program that seeks to mitigate the effects of various hazards, to prepare for measures, which will preserve life and minimize damage, to respond during emergencies, provide assistance, and to establish a recovery system to return the community to a normal status. This agency combines the local resources of Coffee County, the City of Manchester and the City of Tullahoma, along with State and Federal resources to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of natural or man-made disasters, technological accidents, national security threats, and other disrupting incidents that may impact our area.
CCEMA was originally established in the late 1960's as a Civil Defense agency. This era was during the Cold War when the United States and the Soviet Union faced each other with large nuclear weapons arsenals. Emphasis was placed on training citizens to initially survive a nuclear attack and then to have stockpiled provisions to survive during the aftermath and recovery. The mission of CCEMA evolved into more than just preparation for nuclear war. It became responsible for facilitating the protection for county residents from natural, man-made, and weapons of mass destruction disasters. This includes, for example, hazardous chemical spills, severe weather disasters, and biological weapon attacks.