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Office of Homeland Security Implements Training and Preparedness In Response to the Chattanooga Incident




Office of Homeland Security Implements Training and Preparedness In Response to the Chattanooga Incident

  July 16, 2015, will forever be in our memory.  This type of incident was never expected to take place in our great state.   This was an intentional plot meant to cause fear, panic and chaos.  It was a day that will remain in the minds of all Tennesseans, especially the families and friends who lost loved ones.   “As we find ourselves still mourning the loss of 4 Marines and 1 Sailor in Chattanooga on the one year anniversary, everything we do in the Office of Homeland Security now is dedicated to them”, said Assistant Commissioner and Homeland Security Advisor David Purkey.  “We know the threat is real from those both domestically and foreign who want to harm us.  We adjust daily with our preparedness, response, and recovery protocols to interrupt these threats.  Thus, our goal is simple; never again on our watch."

“Shots fired” is the last thing you expect to hear in the workplace, school, or any other public venue.  Unfortunately, studies show the number of active shooter attacks in the U.S. is on the rise.  The public needs to be alert and prepared at all times.  During an active shooter attack, determine the most reasonable way to protect yourself:

When you’re in a safe location, call 911 and provide the following information:


The Department of Safety and Homeland Security offers a 1 ½ hour presentation (free of charge) on how to survive an active shooter situation.  The presentation provides vital information about mitigating the threat, along with information that addresses intervention, clarifies the role of those involved and gives you options on how to effectively respond to the situation.  To host a presentation, contact the Office of Homeland Security at (615) 532-7825 or email (please put “Host Training” in the subject line).


Remember, citizens are our first line of defense.  If you see something suspicious, say something by calling 911.  See something, say something is a program designed to raise awareness of indicators of terrorism-related crimes and/or unusual, suspicious or criminal activity.  An alert public plays a critical role in keeping Tennessee safe.  You can alert the Tennessee Fusion Center of any activity you observe by calling 1-877-250-2333 or online at  If you are a first responder and are interested in training for preparation, reaction, and response to an emergency situation such as an active shooter, contact Brice Allen, Supervisory Agent, Bureau of Preparedness with The Office of Homeland Security at (615) 532-7825 or email

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.