Every September, Tennessee observes National Preparedness Month to call attention to the need for Tennesseans to be ready for any disaster — floods, fires, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills or some other hazard we face — that could affect them in their homes, communities or businesses.

Over the last two years Tennessee has experienced eight federally declared disasters. For our one state, these emergencies have destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and businesses and have taken far too many lives.

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