The Emergency Management Association of Tennessee (EMAT) was founded in 1985. It is a professional association open to all persons involved in the planning for, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from natural and man-made disasters in the state of Tennessee. EMAT functions as a liaison among local, state, and federal governments and agencies for the purpose of promoting an organized and harmonious emergency management program. It promotes channels of communications, encouragement, and support for emergency management workers across the state. EMAT’s mission is to promote training and the dissemination of information in order to achieve the best practices, identify legal issues, improve education, and reveal other discoveries to enhance the performance and professionalism of emergency managers.