Mission Statement

The Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency is charged with the overall responsibility of coordinating the county's preparedness for and response to disasters. Geographically, its authority extends to the entire county as defined by state law TCA 58-2-110.

The mission of the Emergency Management Agency is to develop a comprehensive emergency management program that seeks to: mitigate the effects of various hazards, to prepare for measures which will preserve life and minimize damage, to respond during emergencies, to provide assistance, and to establish a recovery system to return the community to a normal status after an event. This agency combines the local resources of Rutherford County, the City of Murfreesboro, the Town of Smyrna, and the City of LaVergne; along with State and Federal resources to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects all types of emergencies including natural or man-made disasters, technological accidents, national security threats, and other disrupting incidents that may impact our area or the general populations.


Current Information / News

RCEMA Informs Community About FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program


COVID-19 Funeral Assistance PDF


Telecommunicator of the Year

This year's recipient for the 9-1-1 Telecommunicator of the Year is Marty Gillahan. Although Marty has been with us for a short period of time, he brings with him extensive experience of public service which is a tremendous asset to our center. He always comes to work with an upbeat, positive attitude toward his co-workers and the callers with whom he interacts throughout his shift. He is a lighthearted jokester that is always making others laugh in a place where laughter is often needed to overcome the stress of 911 calls that staff faces on a daily basis.

We appreciate all of Marty's hard work and dedication to the staff, Communications center, and to the residents of Rutherford County.

Congratulations, Marty! Thanks for all you do!


2021 March Flooding

Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency (RCEMA) is in the process of collecting information and documenting property damage caused by flooding due to the exponential rainfall over the weekend.

Homeowners or business owners with property in Rutherford County (including Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, and Eagleville) are urged to contact RCEMA if your home or business sustained flood damage from March 27-28, 2021.

“You may only report the damage that impacted your home,” said Public Safety Director Chris Clark, noting that driveways, fences, barns, sheds, mailboxes, or other outbuildings do not need to be reported to RCEMA.

When contacting RCEMA, it is important to have the following information handy:
• Name
• Address
• Description of damage
• Property Insurance (Yes/No)
• Flood Insurance (Yes/No)
• Any photos of damage, if available.
• Any recorded documentation/photos of previous flooding events at the property location.

Reports can be called in to 615-898-7764 ext. 1 or emailed to [email protected]

For COVID-19 information, visit the Rutherford County Health Department webpage.