There are many services provided to the people of Hickman County by the county government. Most of the time, the service is provided very efficiently and with high quality. When that happens, the various managers need to know that their department has done well. We also know that services are not always delivered as people expect. Sometimes we make mistakes; sometimes we can't do what people want. We need to know about those issues too. We've provided a feedback form for each of the departments.

Hickman County's Smallpox Plan

Although there is no reason to believe that smallpox presents an imminent threat, the attacks of September and October 2001, have heightened concern that terrorists may have access to the virus and attempt to use it against the American public. Immediately after these attacks, the United States Department of Health and Human Services began working, in cooperation with state and local governments, to strengthen our preparedness for bioterror attacks by expanding the national stockpile of smallpox vaccine. The United States currently has sufficient quantities of the vaccine to vaccinate every single person in the country in an emergency.

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Smallpox Vaccination Plan

Department of Health Formulating
Post-Smallpox Vaccination Plan

Nashville, November 7, 2002

The Tennessee Department of Health is formulating a comprehensive plan that would enable the entire population of the state to be voluntarily immunized against smallpox in a ten-day period if necessary. The most efficient method of preventing smallpox is to immediately identify and vaccinate close contacts of cases, but in the event of one or more confirmed cases of smallpox in this country, a decision may be made to also offer vaccine to all persons in a city, state, or the entire nation.

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Your Family Disaster Plan

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services -- water, gas, electricity or telephones -- were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Families can -- and do -- cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Follow the steps listed in this brochure to create your family's disaster plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.

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Your Disaster Supply Kit

Disasters happen anytime and anywhere. And when disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. A highway spill or hazardous material could mean evacuation. A winter storm could confine your family at home. An earthquake, flood, tornado or any other disaster could cut water, electricity and telephones -- for days.

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Are You Ready for a Tornado?

Tornadoes can happen anywhere, including California and other states in the continental U.S. Tornadoes don't just happen in "Tornado Alley." Tornadoes cause a lot of debris to be blown around and you can be hurt by this debris. Getting under a highway overpass is NOT safe. Tornadoes do not "suck" houses, cars, cows, or people, up into the funnel. Their strong winds, however, can blow large objects, including cars, hundreds of feet away.

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