Resources, personnel from TN in Florida to assist with Hurricane Ian

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency sent 35 ambulance strike team members to help provide support to Florida ahead of Hurricane Ian.
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 4:53 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - On Monday, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency deployed a Type IV A-Team and two ambulance strike teams to Florida to provide specialized support in anticipation of Hurricane Ian.

“As Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Ian, Tennessee emergency service professionals are traveling to the area to help the state prepare and to provide support after the storm,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “We are proud of men and women who have stepped up to represent the Volunteer State and provide critical, life-saving services to Floridians in need.”

On Friday, the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, declared a state of emergency due to the threat of Tropical Depression 9.

The National Hurricane Center said Ian is expected to become a hurricane on Monday and reach significant hurricane strength Tuesday. As a result, flash and urban flooding are possible in the Florida Keys and Florida peninsula through midweek. Then heavy rainfall was possible for north Florida, the Florida panhandle, and the southeast United States later this week.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency sent 35 ambulance strike team members to help provide support.

President Joe Biden also declared an emergency, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to coordinate disaster relief and provide assistance to protect lives and property. In addition, the president postponed a scheduled Sept. 27 trip to Florida because of the storm.

The Type IV A-Team consists of two individuals from TEMA’s Preparedness Division and will deploy for 14 days to assist with resource requests and operational needs in Florida.

The ambulance strike teams include 37 members and will deploy for 14 days. The groups represent departments from the following Tennessee agencies and counties:

  • Williamson County EMS
  • American Medical Response Blount County
  • Anderson County EMS
  • Madison County Fire Department
  • TN Department of Health – Office of EMS
  • Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department
  • Medical Center EMS
  • Sumner County EMS
  • Rutherford County EMS
  • Metro Moore County EMS
  • Metro Moore County EMA
  • Maury Regional Medical Center
  • Maury County EMS
  • Giles County EMS
  • Nashville Fire Department
  • Stewart County EMS

“I commend our emergency service professionals for again answering the call to help those in need. Their dedication and service will be critical in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. “Tennessee is a leader in volunteering to supporting other states with mutual aid, and we are proud to provide these vital capabilities to our neighbors in Florida.”