Community Safety Workshop on Physical and Cyber Security

You are cordially invited to a

Community Safety Workshop on Physical and Cyber Security

DHS will provide in-person community focused training on topics such as bomb threat management, active shooter awareness and response, cyber hygiene, and other related topics aimed at preventing targeted violence and security incidents to keep communities safe.  

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 
Location: Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street Nashville, TN 37219 
Time:  10:00am – 3:30pm CDT 

To attend, please RSVP to:
[email protected]

Deadline to register is Friday 3/15 at 11:00AM CDT

This event is closed to the press. 

Volunteer Tennessee has been researching potential donation sources for expiring EMS equipment and supplies to assist training our communities in emergency preparedness by locally led CERT, MRC, DART, and other volunteer programs. I recently reached out to Brandon Ward, Director of the Tennessee Department of Health – Office of EMS, requesting his assistance in identifying potential sources. He graciously forwarded my inquiry to several consultant contacts.

Good news, we received replies from organizations willing to donate. Priority OnDemand is making a huge donation of excess or recently expired EMS medical supplies. If your program has an interest in obtaining any of the supplies listed below for use in your volunteer CERT, DART, MRC, or other volunteer program’s training or exercises, please let me know ASAP. However, we encourage programs to only use these supplies for training/exercise purposes, as they are expired or about to expire but still in excellent condition.

The donated supplies (listed below) will be available for pickup at a warehouse in the Knoxville area on Friday, March 15, 2024 between 10:00am and 3:00PM at the Priority Ambulance warehouse in Knoxville. Their building is located in the Northern part of Knoxville off Highway 75 at 910 Callahan Dr., Suite 101, Knoxville, TN  39912 (just down the road from the UPS center). The warehouse entrance is at the rear (Southeast side) of the second building in from Callahan Dr.

Priority On Demand will donate the following items that are expired or are nearing expiration: 

Biocell Ambulance Protection SystemEA                          2
Coveralls – S 25/BXCS                          2
Coveralls – M 25/BXCS                          9
Coveralls – L 25/BXCS                        29
Coveralls – XL 25/BXCS                        31
Coveralls – 2XL 25/BXCS                        25
Coveralls – 4XL 25/BXCS                        23
Face Shields – 400/BXBX                        85
Face Shields – 280/BXBX                        81
Gloves – 3XLBX                        10
Gowns Regular -100/CSCS                      977
Gowns XL – 100/CSCS                      502
Hand Sanitizer – 1 OZ Bottle – 50/CSCS                        43
Hand Sanitizer – Gal Jug – 4/CS – 620500493CS                        12
N95 = Honeywell DC300 – 20/BX (200/CS)  CS                      530

Feel free to come load up on any of these graciously donated excess/expired medical PPE related training supplies. And if you have some extra storage space at your facility, please take some additional donated supplies on March 15 to share at a later date with other CERT, MRC, DART, or other volunteer programs near you.

If you plan to send someone to pick up supplies in Knoxville on March 15th between 10am-3pm, please email Don Sowers ASAP and let him know what time you expect to arrive

Don Sowers | Disaster Volunteer Services Manager

Volunteer Tennessee 
(TN Governor’s Commission for Volunteerism and Community Service)
Tennessee Tower, 18th Floor
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243

Vol. TN office: 615-742-6775 
Cell: 818-519-6881
[email protected]

If you have teams that can assist with recovery from the recent tornadoes in TN, please monitor Crisis Cleanup for opportunities to help. If you need assistance with being setup to access CC, please let us know at [email protected].

The American Red Cross will be holding a special webinar series over the next several weeks, starting this Friday, called Passport to Preparedness.  Passport to Preparedness will provide preparedness education for individuals of all ages and abilities on a variety of hazards and locations. Anyone can opt to join just one of the sessions or all of them, and below is a list of the dates, times and topics. 

On Wednesdays those who sign up will receive the information and email link for that week’s session.  This includes some optional activities and information and chances to win prizes.

You can register to get more info by copy/pasting the link here into your browser:

Week 1January 21, 2022EarthquakeAlaska
Week 2January 28, 2022VolcanoYellowstone
Week 3February 04, 2022WildfireNorthern California
Week 4February 11, 2022Winter StormNew York, NY
Week 5February 18, 2022TornadoTulsa, OK

As always, our programs are 100% free, as our aim is to increase preparedness and resiliency in our communities. Please share this with your networks as you see appropriate. We are also able to provide individualized preparedness presentations, which can be requested through our website at the following link:

If you have any questions then please reach out to me and I would be happy to answer them. Have a great week!

Crystal R. Fisher
Regional Mass Care , Logistics and Preparedness Manager
American Red Cross – Tennessee Region
2201 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 812-7610 (c) 
[email protected]

Crisis Cleanup operates based on certain criteria and the maintaining of a certain level of response and need. Currently, we have dropped considerably below that threshold. Therefore, the call center will stop taking as of today. The line will no longer be accepting calls after, Friday, January 14, 2022, for our current incidents in TN.

VOAD teams will still be able to access the boards for continued response and updating of jobs that they are working and may continue to claim jobs that are currently on the boards.

Submitted as of June 08, 2021

White House

Today, June 8, @ 6 PM E.T.: Learn How Your Congregation Can Be A Vaccination Site

Join the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at 6pm ET today Tuesday, June 8th to learn how your house of worship can collaborate with a pharmacy partner to become an on-site vaccination clinic! RSVP here to attend. At this virtual event, the White House COVID-19 team will provide an overview of the process and walk you through this new toolkit that highlights how your congregation can help people get vaccinated in a place they know and trust (note: in the toolkit, houses of worship are referenced as “host organizations”). The toolkit is also available in Spanish. We hope to see you there! 

American Legion Herman Kent Post 777 in Jamestown, N.Y., already had a strong relationship with the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) prior to the coronavirus pandemic. But both entities recently expanded that relationship in an effort to get as many COVID-19 vaccines out to area veterans.

The VAWNYHS has been administering vaccines since January and in March embarked on what is being called possibly one of VA’s largest rural outreach efforts ever by coordinating vaccine sites throughout the area.

When VA officials reached out to Post 777, they quickly found another site willing to host a vaccine clinic. “They called us up … and asked if they could use the (post) as a vaccine clinic, and I said ‘sure, why not? We’re here to help the veterans anyway,” Post 777 Commander Neville Messenger said. “We’ve got probably the biggest post here in Chautauqua County than anybody else. We’ve got approximately 17,000 square feet.

“(VA officials) set it up for a Sunday. They set up appointments for everybody. We ended up doing 720 vets in one day.”

Sean Lindstrom, VAWNYHS’ COVID-19 vaccine coordinator, told The Post-Journal the Post 777 vaccine clinic was a “pretty well-oiled machine where they are only on site for 20 minutes, 25 minutes tops. We are able to flip these veterans through very quickly and receive a high number of patients through. What we heard on Friday was that this was going to be the largest rural outreach that the VA has ever done. Not VA Western New York, but the VA in general, which we are tremendously proud of. So thankful to be partnering with the folks here at the American Legion post to help us pull this off.”

A second vaccine clinic will take place March 21 at the post to provide those veterans with their second shot, while another 200 first shots also will be made available to veterans who haven’t had a vaccination yet. And another clinic will take place in April.

“I’ve always believed The American Legion is supposed to be there to help the veterans,” Messenger said. “I think that it’s great we were able to help them. It saved a lot of the elderly veterans … to not have to have them drive clear to Buffalo to get a shot, which is an 80-mile drive each way.”

Montana Post 1 Providing 100s of Vaccines. In Butte, Mont., more than 200 veterans received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine in February, thanks to a collaboration between the Montana VA Health Care System and American Legion Post 1. The Montana VA is conducting vaccination clinics throughout the state, and Post 1 was an ideal spot to set up one.

“It’s community support, and also outreach for our elderly veterans,” Post 1 Commander Dave Haulman said. “Montana has the second-highest per capita for veterans, and in Butte we have a lot of geriatric veterans. Butte’s kind of a central point … for the surrounding areas, and so they can come here (and get vaccinated). And we have an expanded facility that can handle that type of influx of people.”

A similar effort is planned for March 25. So far, around 400 veterans have been processed. Those who already have gotten vaccinated “have been happy about it, especially a lot of our elderly veterans,” Haulman said. “It’s been a real positive response.”

Providing Both Information and Vaccinations. In Fort Myers, Fla., American Legion Post 38 wanted to clear up any misinformation veterans may have about the COVID-19 vaccination, so the post hosted a question-and-answer session March 10 that featured information provided by Joseph Scotchlas, the associate director for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

Veterans were told how to enroll in the VA health-care system, and provided information about the availability of vaccines and any future vaccination dates. Post 38 will host a vaccine clinic April 3 for 50-100 veterans.

“This is the mission of The American Legion: taking care of our military, taking care of our veterans and taking care of our community,” Post 38 Commander Kevin Boyd said. “In the military we learn to take care of each other. We’re doing that with this, and we’re working at saving lives.”

Boyd said the post has been working with local officials to identify homeless veterans in the area. A portion of the April 3 vaccines will be set aside for those veterans.

“It’s not their fault they’re homeless,” Boyd said. “We need to do something to get them the vaccine as well.”

The post’s vaccination effort is a continuation of its work during the pandemic. Since last March, Boyd said the post has collected around 500,000 pounds of food that was distributed to the community. “That’s why we’re here,” he said. “It’s what The American Legion is supposed to be doing.”

The following are a few more examples of American Legion posts opening up their doors to serve as COVID-19 vaccine sites. If your post is doing something similar, let us know by emailing [email protected] or sharing it at


The VA Northern Indiana Health Care System is conducting a vaccination clinic March 27 at American Legion Post 31 in Angola from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. All veterans enrolled with VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System are eligible to receive the vaccine. Anyone wanting to enroll will be able to talk to enrollment staff during the clinic.


The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System has been conducting walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics with no age requirement in Gainesville and Lake City. The latter took place March 15-19 at American Legion Post 57 in Lake City.


• The VA Boston Healthcare System recently set up mobile vaccine teams at various sites to distribute the vaccinations quicker. William Carter American Legion Post 16 in Mattapan served as one of the sites March 17.

• In Plymouth, American Legion Post 40 served as a vaccine site on Feb. 27 for veterans 55 and older and enrolled in VA. Shots were administered by VA staff.


• The Truman VA Medical Center’s Centralia Veteran Vaccine Clinic Bus Tour made a March 12 stop at Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post 55 in Hannibal. Those eligible for VA health care were provided a free vaccine. “I think it’s very important to get these shots to these veterans,” Past Post 55 Commander Jess Ornelas told WGEM. “I’ve run into a couple already who just don’t like to go to the hospitals, so it’s very important so they can get well.”

• The Kansas City VA Medical Center conducted first-dose vaccine clinics for enrolled veterans in several communities in and around Kansas City, March 10-15. Matthews-Crawford American Legion Post 131 in Warrensburg served as one of the sites.

New York

On March 7 in Albany County, N.Y., hundreds of residents were vaccinated during a mobile clinic at North Albany American Legion Post 1610. The effort was a collaboration with county officials.

North Carolina

In Jacksonville, American Legion Post 265 has served as a vaccine site for Star Med on multiple occasions, first to healthcare workers and those 65 and over, and later to an expanded eligibility group. Hundreds have received a vaccine through the post’s facility, which will serve as another vaccine site March 20.


When the Milwaukee VA Medical Center expanded its vaccination effort to those enrolled veterans ages 60 and over, the center set up walk-in clinics that included American Legion Post 82 in Port Washington.

Winter weather is already impacting many parts of Tennessee. Stay tuned to local weather forecasts for the latest watches and warnings & limit travel.

March 03, 2021

One man who lost his home in last year’s EF4 tornado in Putnam County, Tennessee, is urging everyone to review their insurance coverage.
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