The Houston County Emergency Management Agency (HCEMA) is an office under the direction and control of the County Mayor. HCEMA provides county-wide emergency management program leadership, continuity, and direction to enable Houston County and its partners to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the impact of natural, man-made, or technological disasters involving residents and/or property.
HCEMA was originally established in the late 1960s 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 HCEMA 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.
Dale Popp, Director
2400 W Main St
PO Box 333
Erin, TN 37061
DIAL 9-1-1 IN AN EMERGENCY
Non-emergency phone: (931) 289-2911