Kudos to participants of Sequoyah NP drill

Posted 10/9/18

"Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan,” is often attributed to one of Margaret Thatcher’s many quotable remarks that she made memorable during her time of tremendous …

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Kudos to participants of Sequoyah NP drill


"Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan,” is often attributed to one of Margaret Thatcher’s many quotable remarks that she made memorable during her time of tremendous contributions and service on the world’s stage.

This single activity has been one of profound significance to many who come from literally every continent, stage of life and every segment of society. It has been used for both good, and not so good, intentions and has been equally effective in both pursuits.

The power of putting pen to paper and writing down your goals, objectives and an action plan to achieve your goals and objectives is one of the habits of successful people literally everywhere.

Portions of Bradley County are within 10 miles of the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant. Last week we were able to witness the positive results of this activity and process first hand.

The Sequoyah Nuclear Facility Safety Drill and Exercises were once again performed to help ensure the safety and security of Bradley County, and our region’s residents. This “drill” is performed on a set schedule to help ensure that the multitudes of local, regional, state and federal personnel involved understand their part of the plan, how to better facilitate positive outcomes and then also develop a professional ability to place trust in those who they may be dealing with in the possibility of a real emergency. 

This annual event is just one of the many that our emergency responders and all personnel train for throughout the year. This event is also a “graded” event in that there are evaluators from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and many more agencies. They each have oversight duties to help ensure that we are not only ready for any emergency, but that we are able to successfully adapt at all times to help protect our residents during any and all possibilities of disastrous events.

This teamwork does not just happen on its own and is also not a reality across our nation.

I was able to spend some time at our control location of our local Emergency Management Agency offices and heard the extremely favorable reviews from the visiting FEMA representatives. My executive assistant, Lindsay Hathcock, was also able to hear the state and federal officials give us all a very positive review and thanks for a job well done from his location in Chattanooga, at the TVA Joint Information Center where regional information is shared and updates given to all participants of this drill.

The Cleveland Bradley County Emergency Management Director, Troy Spence, explains that a total of 121 people are needed to staff our planned shelter, hospital, and radiation monitoring and decontamination sites. A sustained operation would take many more professionals and volunteers to continue this process successfully for as long as it takes.

To those who helped in this process last week, and the ongoing training that is necessary to serve and protect successfully at all times, please know that you are appreciated by a grateful community, and definitely by me.

The continued planning for potential disasters is very important for the safety of a community, and we have been told ours is among the best.

This continued planning, and working together, helps to ensure that our region and Bradley County remains Tennessee at its best!


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