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Marshall County Emergency Management Agency
Hardison Office Annex
230 College Street, Suite 125
Lewisburg, TN 37091
Phone: (931) 359-5810
Director: Steve Calahan
Deputy Director: Kevin Calahan
Operations Chief: Matt Fox
Administrative Assistant: Valarie Staggs
Planning Officer: Angela Phelps
Maintenance Technician: Phil Dyer
A host of invaluable volunteers that make the office work.FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

Mission Statement

The Marshall County Office of Emergency Management is charged with the overall responsibility of coordinating the county's preparedness for and response to disasters. Geographically, its authority extends to the entire county as defined by state law TCA 58-2-110. The mission of the Office of Emergency Management is to develop and implement a comprehensive, integrated 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, to provide assistance, and to establish a recovery system to return the community to a normal status after an event. This agency combines the local resources of Marshall County, the City of Lewisburg, the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Cornersville, and the Town of Petersburg; along with State and Federal resources to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of all types of emergencies including natural or man-made disasters, technological accidents, acts of terrorism both domestic and foreign, national security threats, and other disrupting incidents that may impact our area or the general populations, thereby working to insure the safety and welfare of the entire Marshall County community.
The Marshall County Office of Emergency Management responds to all types of emergencies in an effort to support all public safety agencies on a daily basis. It was first established in 1952 as the local Civil Defense Authority and functioned for many years as the Civil Defense Agency. The name was changed to the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency and it's scope broadened in 1979. In 2004 things changed again as a result of 9-11-2001 and issues involving homeland security were added to the responsibilities. The office now operates as the Office of Emergency Management / Homeland Security for the purpose of directing emergency management and homeland security issues for the citizens of the entire county.

The staff which includes over 20 trained volunteers responds to all types of emergencies including fires and natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, ice storms, extreme heat or cold, and drought. We provide a highly trained and skilled search and rescue team which includes a canine component, a confined space and rope rescue team, a trained damage assessment team, a SFMO recognized fire suppression unit, a rapid response team, and an auxiliary communications team which provides coordination between the local amateur radio club and emergency services. The OEM hazmat team has Hazmat Specialist, Technicians, and Operations personnel.   It is responsible for containment and stabilization of all hazardous materials incidents. The office monitors the weather and the USGS water levels for local creeks and Duck River and broadcasts alerts accordingly. Marshall County OEM serves as a point of contact and training site for all of our county public safety and response agencies and teams. OEM writes and reviews emergency plans for buildings designed to contain groups of people, such as schools, daycare centers, and healthcare facilities and more. The OEM is responsible for planning, responding, mitigating and coordinating recovery from any large-scale emergency that could affect the citizens of Marshall County.

The OEM is responsible for the county's Emergency Operations Plan, the county Hazardous Mitigation Plan, Pandemic Plan, School Safety Plans, POD and Donations Plan, Debri management plan and others. We are charged with maintaining and operating the Marshall County Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center in case of disasters or events beyond normal response capabilities. We are a member of the South Central Regional Healthcare Coalition and work along with the Marshall County Health Department, MMC, and EMS in training and response for any possible pandemic or outbreak. We are also active members of the Emergency Management Association of Tennessee, the District 6 Homeland Security Council, and the Marshall County Emergency Communication District (911). We serve as the lead agency for Marshall County on Tactical Interoperable Communications, and maintain the annual Sara Title III reporting for Marshall County industries showing the amount of hazardous materials contained at those sites. The office serves as the facilitator and chair of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.  They serve as the local branch of and receive funding from TEMA, FEMA, and the Office of Homeland Security as well as the Marshall County Government. The local office applies for and administers various state and federal grants, which provide equipment and training for response agencies across all Emergency Services, utilities, and for mitigation projects in Marshall County.

Marshall County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

National Preparedness Month


Make A Plan

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.
How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? (in Marshall County we have Code Red and you can come by the OEM and complete a form to receive those notifications or go online at

What is my shelter plan?

What is my evacuation route?

What is my family/household communication plan?

Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?

Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update my emergency plans due to Coronavirus.

Get cloth face coverings (for everyone over 2 years old), disinfectants, and check my sheltering plan.

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like operating medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.

Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

Different ages of members within your household

Responsibilities for assisting others

Locations frequented

Dietary needs

Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment

Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment

Languages spoken

Cultural and religious considerations

Pets or service animals

Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use it as a guide to create your own.

Emergency Plan for Parents (PDF)

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

Look back this week as we post some links for you to use to develop your plans for preparedness for your family.



To register your storm shelter with the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency please print and mail completed form to: Marshall County Office of Emergency Management, 230 College Street, Suite 125 Lewisburg, TN  37091

Download "Storm Shelter Registration"


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We encourage all citizens to sign up for CODE RED, which is provided locally by the 911 board and serves as a local alerting system for weather and other emergencies, at the link below or come by our office. We also encourage all to make sure their cell phones are set to allow AMBERAlerts.
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