Tennessee sends search and rescue support to Florida as residents recover from Hurricane Sally

Sally makes landfall in Alabama as a Category 2 hurricane
Posted at 8:58 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 21:58:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee sent search and rescue resources to Florida to support emergency crews in their response to Hurricane Sally.

Hurricane Sally made landfall early this morning near Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 2 hurricane. This storm has already caused catastrophic flooding with a large storm surge, and high winds.

The team was originally assigned to Louisiana and was preparing to demobilize back to Tennessee when they volunteered to be rerouted to Florida as the storm shifted east and the Florida Department of Emergency Management requested assistance.

The team is made up of 35 members from the following Tennessee departments and agencies:

  • Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management
  • Murfreesboro Fire Department
  • Franklin Fire Department
  • Nashville Fire Department
  • Brentwood Fire Department
  • Williamson County Emergency Management Agency
  • Metro Nashville Public Works
  • Metro Nashville Police Department

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is coordinating Tennessee’s Hurricane Sally deployments through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The task force will deploy for 14 days.