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Planning

Emergency planning for a Metropolitan government is a large task. Nashville OEM has created the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), which is the city's resource for any potential disaster. It is a framework on who will do what, when and how. This document is revised when needed, or every 5 years.

The CEMP is just a small part of what is put into emergency planning. This page gives you some idea of what goes into emergency planning for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

Downtown Nashville Evacuation Plan

Metro Government, in conjunction with state and private organizations, is responsible for ensuring the safe evacuation of citizens and visitors who live and work in downtown Nashville.

In the event a major emergency occurred inside the Central Business District requiring an evacuation, the emergency response departments of Metro Government would be ultimately responsible for the safety of all those within the defined area during the evacuation order.

The purpose of an evacuation plan is to provide a safe and orderly process for the emergency evacuation in a coordinated manner by the various local and state agencies that would be responsible for such activity. The area covered for this plan is the population within the Central Business District in downtown Nashville. This area is defined as being within the Interstate 65 “loop” that connects interstates 65, 24 and 40.

Downtown Nashville Evacuation brochure

Hazard Analysis

The risk assessment process provides information that allows a community to better understand its potential risk and associated vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards. This information provides the framework for a community to develop and prioritize mitigation strategies and to implement plans to help reduce both the risk and vulnerability from future hazard events. The risk assessment for Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County followed methodology from FEMA and the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). This assessment process was conducted by the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, and select subject matter experts.

Risk from natural and man-made hazards is measured by a combination of impact, vulnerability and likelihood scores (Impact + Vulnerability x Likelihood = Risk). The impact and vulnerability scores were given the below parameters resulting from a hazard event:

  • Geographic Extent
  • Duration of the Event
  • Environment
  • Health Effects
  • Displacement and Suffering
  • Economy
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Critical Services
  • Confidence in Government
  • Cascading Effects

For each hazard identified, a score was given for each of the parameters, and then all the scores were added together to get a total Impact and Vulnerability Assessment Score.

Weighted scores were conducted where extra counts were given for the following lead agencies and associated hazards: National Weather Service for all weather related hazards, Public Health for Communicable Diseases, TN Geological Survey for Landslides/sinkholes, Police for Man-made & Fire for Hazardous Materials and Wildfire.

Based on the most recent assessment (2014), the top 5 hazards for Davidson County are:

  1. Flooding
  2. Winter Storm
  3. Tornado
  4. Extreme Temperatures (Heat/Cold)
  5. Thunderstorm

Davidson County Hazard Analysis and Methodology 2014

Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

As part of the overall community planning effort for hazard mitigation, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, has prepared a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan pursuant to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390). Hazard Mitigation is defined as any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Hazard Mitigation Planning is the process through which the natural hazards that threaten communities are identified, the likely impacts of those hazards are determined, mitigation goals are set, and appropriate strategies that would lessen the impacts are identified, prioritized, and implemented.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is a requirement for state and local governments in order to maintain eligibility for certain federal disaster assistance and hazard mitigation funding programs. Metro is both a community at risk and a community that has benefited from federal mitigation funding programs.

Multi Hazard Mitigation Plan 2012 & Multi Hazard Mitigation Plan Appendices

If you are having problems with the above Adobe portfolio files, please use this standard Adobe file for the entire 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

After Action Reports

After Action Reports (AAR's) are the best way to capture lessons learned and best practices after an incident. Nashville follows the Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) for all of its AAR's format.

Nashville Flood 2010 After Action Report