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June 17, 2016

TEMA Seeks Catastrophic Exercise Volunteers to Simulate Real-World Need

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is joining with the Tennessee Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (TNVOAD) for a catastrophic disaster simulation exercise where key resources are activated to assist with community recovery.

In the exercise, TNVOAD will establish a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) and a Point of Distribution (POD), from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., CDT, on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the American Legion Post 88, 2864 Elm Hill Pike in Donelson, and operate both as if a real disaster had occurred.

TNVOAD needs volunteers who would like to play victims of a disaster and who want learn more about how they can actually work in a disaster to help survivors.

“This is a rare opportunity to learn what to expect if you are a survivor of a disaster and what resources are available to help get you through that time,” said David Sledge, TNVOAD executive committee member. “There will be several TNVOAD organizations participating at this event so volunteers will also be helping these organizations practice for a real event.”

Volunteers just need to come to the VRC and POD location in Donelson between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., CDT, and let TNVOAD know they would like to learn about working with the organization or what resources would be available.

For more information, send an email to David Sledge,, or visit TNVOAD at

The community volunteer recovery event is part of TEMA’s annual catastrophic exercise, known as TNCAT ’16 (pronounced TEN-CAT for Tennessee Catastrophic Exercise). TNCAT is an annual, large-scale disaster planning event used to enhance the coordination and communication among local, state and private sector entities. The TNCAT exercise moves to a different region of the state each year, and past exercises have simulated catastrophic earthquakes, wildfires and winter storms.

TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.