Chattanooga, TN – State officials released a statement, saying that this exercise will unfold across various counties, including Bradley, Coffee, Davidson, Gibson, Hamilton, Hawkins, Knox, Loudon, Madison, Maury, McMinn, Rhea, Rutherford, Sullivan, and Wilson.

Multiple police and fire departments are slated to partake in the exercise, with notable participants including the Chattanooga, Knox County, and Tennessee Valley Authority police departments, as well as the Nashville Fire Department’s Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team.

Coordination of all activities will be facilitated through the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with local emergency management agencies.

Major General Warner Ross, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, stressed the significance of these joint exercises for organizational readiness.

“These exercises, where we operate jointly, are crucial for the readiness of our organization,” he remarked.

“The more we work alongside one another, the more we get to fine-tune our policies and procedures.

Building these relationships is vital to our effectiveness, and continuing to practice what we do will make all of us much better when it’s time to respond to the real thing.”

This year’s exercise scenario revolves around the emergency response to a flood in southeast Tennessee.

Participants will collaborate to address various situations, including search and rescue operations, critical site security, and infrastructure failure response. Citizens can anticipate a heightened military presence in certain areas across the state, particularly in Davidson, Hamilton, and Knox counties.