Emergency Management

Jim Bean
Contact Information: 

3193 Highway 126 Suite 101

Blountville, TN 37617



More Information: 

Welcome to the Sullivan County Emergency Management Web Site. We are always striving to provide up to date and reliable information to the public. Please check back often for updates and pertinent information on current events.


Hazard Mitigation Plan

Officials from Bluff City, Bristol, Kingsprt and Sullivan County have completed the DRAFT of the Sullivan County Hazard Mitigation Plan. It is on the site for public viewing. Click on the Hazard Mitigation Link on the right of this page to view the DRAFT plan as well as other planning documents. 


THDA Grant

Sullivan County was awarded a grant from the Tennessee Houseing Development Agency for reimbursements to homes damaged in the July 2013 floods. Anyone affected by the storms can contact the EMA office and they can apply for assistance. The First Tennessee Development District is administering the grant. 



Disaster Reconstruction Program

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati has established a Disaster Reconstruction Program (DRP). Under this program, homeowners may be eligible for additional financial assistance.  This program is only eligible to areas of a federally or state declared disaster. To be eligible for the assistance the applicant must be the homeowner and have made application for assistance through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The process for homeowners to apply for an SBA loan was closed October 1, 2013.

Homeowners that did make application throug the SBA and would like to apply for this program may call the Sullivan County EMA office with their information. This information will be collected and sent to representatives with the First Tennessee Development District. Unfortunately, repairs already completed cannot be reimbursed from this program. Information that will be needed when calling the EMA office is:

  • Evidence of homeowners insurance claim and any insurance payments received;
  • Evidence of application from the SBA, either in the form of payments received or denial letter;
  • Name, address and contact number of homeowner 

 This program does not cover replacement of contents within the home, only repairs made on the home. If the homeowner did receive assistance from the SBA, additional assistance may be awarded to fill any gaps that were not covered by the SBA loan.


SBA Disaster Declaration Information:


The Small Business Administration (SBA) offices located at the Chamber of Commerece in Kingsport have closed and the on-line application process is now closed effective October 1, 2013, but any business that was affected by the storms of July 17-21, 2013 can still request assistance for economic losses by completing the online form on the SBA website at: 



The application process for residents with physical damage closed on October 1, 2013 but business owners have until May 2, 2014 to complete the form for Economic Damages from the storms. 


Mission Statement:

Our mission is to serve the citizens, cities, and communities of Sullivan County through effective planning for natural and man-made disasters by coordinating an integrated emergency management system with all emergency response organizations, support services and volunteers.


Our primary goal is to prepare and educate our county’s citizens and to utilize resources and plans to help our county respond to and recover from any disaster using the four phases of successful Emergency Management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.