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Maintenance Division - Office of Emergency Operations

James K. Polk Building, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 253.2028
Fax: (615) 532.5995
Derial Bivens, Operations Specialist 3

TDOT's Office of Emergency Operations is responsible for TDOT's emergency preparedness program (Including planning, training, and exercises) and for coordinating TDOT's statewide emergency response activities.

TDOT's Office of Emergency Operations is equipped with a primary Emergency Services Coordinator (ESC) and Alternate ESC’s.

The Departmental ESC’s coordinate responses to incidents which may include earthquakes, floods, tornados, nuclear reactor emergencies, hazardous material spills, and any other situations that the Tennessee Emergency Management Association (TEMA) may request assistance from TDOT to provide traffic control, manpower, or equipment.

TDOT’s primary ESC is embedded at the TEMA complex. The ESC’s primary duty is to coordinate field personnel during emergencies which require the Department’s resources. The alternate ESC’s perform equivalent duties in the absence of the primary ESC and/or in support of the Department’s emergency response duties.

In more widespread or serious incidents, the Department’s ESC is called upon through TEMA to coordinate the Department’s response within the combined statewide emergency response plan.

TEMA, along with its sister agencies, developed the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan (TEMP) which outlines responsibilities of each state agency during a disaster or emergency event, except those for which military forces have primary responsibility. The Plan outlines several Emergency Support Functions (ESF’s) which identify basic needs during a disaster. In the TEMP, the Department of Transportation serves as the lead agency for Emergency Support Function 1 (ESF1) – Transportation Networking. In addition to this role, the Department also serves as a support agency for other Emergency Support Functions.

The ESC (and alternate(s)) is required to be on call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week to assist in resolving emergencies within the scope of their office, coordinate the Department’s efforts with other agencies, and assimilate situational awareness.

Emergencies involving railroad transportation have need of a separate Emergency Services Coordinator. The primary ESC for railroad transportation coordinates information to TEMA relative to class 1 through class 3 railroads within Tennessee.

An Alternate ESC for railroad transportation is also available to perform equivalent duties in the absence of the primary ESC and/or in support of the Department’s emergency response duties.

The ESC for railroad transportation (and alternate(s)) is required to be on call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week to assist in resolving emergencies within the scope of their office, coordinate the Department’s efforts with other agencies, and assimilate situational awareness.