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"To protect and serve Cheatham County"




Mission Statement

The Cheatham County Emergency Management Agency is committed to protect and serve the citizens and visitors of Cheatham County progressively through mitigation, preparation, response and recovery from all disasters, natural and manmade, with all available resources.


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Serving Since November 1993

Edwin Hogan - Director

Phone: 615-792-3443

100 Public Square, Suite 90
Ashland City, TN 37015


Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 - 4:00

The EMA office is responsible for the long range planning for disasters that could affect Cheatham County. This includes updating the county’s Emergency Operations Plan and up dating the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. Other responsibilities of the department include response to emergencies and disasters, making sure the office is fully staffed, and the agency fulfills its mission through all available resources. The Director is responsible for the development and submission of an annual budget to the county budget committee. Both the director and assistant director attend yearly training classes.


Because the health,safety,and wellbeing of the citizens of Cheatham County are threatened by natural and man made disasters, the Cheatham County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) was established by the Cheatham County Legislative Body on October 17, 1998 in Ashland City Tennessee. The agency was charged with the responsibility of preparation and readiness against all disasters, natural and manmade, to establish and coordinate emergency plans, forces, means and resources needed in times of disaster.

Much of today’s preparedness is a result of a major Presidentially declared ice storm that crippled Cheatham County on February 10, 1994. This natural disaster lasted for almost two weeks, with electricity being shut off to the entire county for almost 48 hours. Since that time, the agency has progressed rapidly. A director continues to oversee all EMA related duties. An assistant director has been hired and volunteers stand ready to assist at any time.

Cheatham County has had the following presidentially declared disasters:

  • February 10, 1994 - Ice Storm
  • March 1, 1997 - Flood
  • April 7, 1998 - Wind Damage
  • May 24, 2000 - Flash Flood
  • April 7, 2006 - Tornado

Equipment is another area that has been improved. An Emergency Operations Center has been set up. Two Emergency Response Vehicles and a support truck are in service. A Hazardous Materials truck and three Haz-Mat Trailers have been equipped and a water rescue boat has been purchased. The current budget for the Cheatham County EMA is $102,000.00


The Cheatham County Emergency Management Agency is proud to serve the citizens of Cheatham County. Though training, our Emergency Operations Plan, and Hazard Mitigation Plan, we will progressively continue to prepare and plan for emergencies and disasters, hoping that they will never occur. However, should an emergency or disaster strike, the Cheatham County Emergency Management Agency will respond with all available resources to assist you, the citizens of our county, so that your life may return to normal as soon as possible.


The Cheatham County EMA is a community-wide effort to protect the lives and property of its citizens, workers, and visitors who pass through our great county. The Cheatham County Emergency Management Agency is a TEAM effort made up of various county, city, state, and federal departments as well as those who volunteer their time to assist in times of Emergency and disaster.

Cheatham County is threatened by various emergencies and disasters that require a response or coordination by EMA. These activities include the following:

  • Aviation Emergencies
  • Blood and Organ Transport
  • Bomb Threats
  • Civil Disorders
  • Dam Failures
  • Energy Emergencies
  • Explosions
  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Major Fires
  • Major Transportation Accidents
  • Natural Disasters (flash floods,floods, snow and ice storms, tornadoes)
  • Radiological Accidents
  • Search and Rescue
  • Terrorism
  • Utility Emergencies
  • War
  • Water Rescue and Evacuation

On December 18, 2006 the National Weather Service declared Cheatham County a “STORM READY COUNTY”. Cheatham County became only the 9th county in Tennessee to receive this designation due to severe weather readiness and response.

Storm Ready



EMS Center

This center is equipped with 22 telephones and other emergency equipment.


Haz-Mat Unit

The department has a Haz-Mat truck and a 16 foot trailer in Ashland City and a small Haz-Mat trailer located in Kingston Springs and Pleasant View.


EMS Truck


EMS Support Truck


EMS Rescue Boat

This boat is used for water rescue response and for flood evacuations.



Cheatham County Emergency Management is a member of the following:

  • The Emergency Management Association of Tennessee
  • The Cheatham County Firefighters Association
  • The Tennessee Fire Chief’s Association
  • The Tennessee Fireman’s Association