Watson Emergency Service Center

3 months ago

The Watson Emergency Service Center

is home to the Henderson County Emergency Management Agency and the Henderson County Fire Department Headquarters. This facility was built in 1974 and was the home of the Henderson County Jail until 2010. Grant funding was provided by the Fred Cecil Watson Memorial Fund to update the facility for use as office 

and training space for Henderson County's Emergency Services. No taxpayer dollars were spent in the remodel of the center.

This facility provides 3 state of the art conference rooms that can be used to accommodate meeting and training needs for local, state, and federal emergency service partners, and is available to other non-emergency service agencies upon request and availability.

Each conference room provides a different layout and can accommodate audiences of various sizes. All three are equipped with multimedia presentation equipment and internet connectivity.

Training Center

Room A

Conference Room A, also known as the Jim McKee Conference Room, is the most utilized conference room we have. It offers a wide range of layouts for any audience. It will seat around 50 people with tables and chairs, but without the tables, it will seat around 70-75.

Room B

Conference Room B is the smallest of our conference rooms. It will hold approximately 10-15 people with tables and chairs, and 20-25 without tables.

Room C

Conference Room C is our basement classroom. It provides seating for audiences of 40 with tables and chairs, and cold be configured to accommodate approximately 50-60 without tables.

Reserve a Training Room

To schedule a training room, please call our office at 731-968-1567, or you can follow the link below to submit a request online, and someone from our office will be in touch with you.

Booking and Use Policies

We understand that things come up last minute, but we ask that you please try to reserve your room as far in advance as possible. Anything not scheduled in advance is subject to availability. We also recognize that meetings my need to cancel, and we ask that you please call our office to remove cancelled meetings from the schedule promptly so we can open up availability to others.

Real-life emergency situations will take priority over any, and all, meetings scheduled and can bump your reservation without notice.

The Center gives booking priorities to Emergency Service agencies, but will do our best to accommodate non-emergency service entities.

We DO NOT book rooms for social or political gatherings.

The Center is the property of Henderson County Government and, therefore, alcohol is not allowed on the premises. This facility is also tobacco free and users may only smoke, dip, or chew in designated smoking areas outside.

Users will help to maintain the facility by cleaning up after meetings or classes. Supplies are available on site.

The person making the reservation must read and sign the IT Policy Form.

The person making the reservation, or his/her agency, will be responsible for any damage that occurs during their use of the facility.

If providing a meal, the user will be responsible for bringing all necessary supplies to include: food, beverages, ice, paper goods, and utensils. 

Watson Emergency Service Center

50 Natchez Trace Drive
Lexington, TN 38351

P: (731) 968-1567

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Disaster Assistance - December 2021 Tornadoes

December 10-11, 2021 Tornadoes

The deadline for homeowners and renters to apply for FEMA disaster assistance has passed, but work continues to support middle and west Tennessee as the region recovers from a line of tornadoes that touched down in December of 2021.

FEMA specialists are still available to help residents in Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Obion, Stewart, Sumner, Weakley and Wilson counties check the status of their FEMA application, update their contact information, answer questions and direct survivors to federal, state and community programs for additional assistance.

There are several ways to communicate with FEMA:

  • Use the FEMA app, which can be easily downloaded to a smartphone in English or Spanish.

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Specialists are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 3 for a multi-lingual interpreter

If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others:

  • Update the "Current Phone" field using the relay service phone number

  • Add "Relay Service" to the Note box; provide FEMA with your number.

Survivors who were unable to apply for FEMA disaster assistance before the March 15 deadline and feel they have a justifiable reason for missing it should call the FEMA Helpline and speak with a representative.

Every Survivor has the Right to Appeal

Once you apply for FEMA assistance, you will receive a letter explaining the status of your application. The letter may state you’re ineligible for assistance or “no decision” can be made at this time. Don’t be discouraged or frustrated. Instead, just read the entire letter to find out what’s needed for FEMA to continue processing your application. Many times, it’s a simple fix that can be addressed in an appeal. Some of the most common reasons for an “ineligible” determination are missing documents, possibly missing an appointment with a housing inspector or your contact information has changed but was never updated; it’s very important you stay in touch with FEMA. Here’s some additional advice to file a successful appeal.

You have 60 days from the date of your FEMA determination letter to appeal.

  • Appeals must be in writing, signed and dated.

  • If someone other than an applicant or co-applicant writes the appeal letter, that person must sign it and provide FEMA with a signed statement authorizing the individual to act on behalf of the applicant.

  • Include documents that support the reason for your appeal letter.

  • Include your name, current address and phone number, pre-disaster primary residence, registration number (on every page) and FEMA disaster declaration number – DR-4637 (on every page).

How to file your appeal:

- Mail documents: FEMA's Individuals and Households Program National Processing Service Center P.O. Box 10055 Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

- Fax documents: 1-800-827-8112

- Upload documents: Log onto to your FEMA account or create an account atDisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.

U.S. Small Business Administration Closes Tennessee Business Recovery Centers

Now that the deadline to apply for SBA low-interest physical damage disaster loans has passed, the Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) in Davidson and Weakley counties have closed. However, if you need any assistance regarding Home, Physical Loss or Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications, call the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (if you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services), or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.​gov