The Hickman County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for the management of all emergency preparedness program areas within the county. The primary role of the Agency is to develop and implement comprehensive disaster planning, mitigation and response activities within Hickman County under the provisions of Tennessee statutes. Additionally, the Agency develops and maintains emergency plans for all types of natural and man-made hazards, and provides the analysis and recommendations necessary to make decisions that will effectively save lives and protect property in such emergencies.
Preparedness Counts.......What to do
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.
Read more: Your Family Disaster Plan
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.
Read more: Your Disaster Supply Kit
The following information has been prepared by the Humane Society of the United States in cooperation with the American Red Cross. Our pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can count. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being. Here's how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes.
Read more: Are Your Pets Ready for Disaster?
Winter weather is a fact of life in Tennessee. Be prepared so you don't get stranded, exposed to cold, or injured from falls.
Read more: Are You Ready for a Winter Storm?
Summertime in Tennessee means hot weather. Outdoor chores, recreation, and other activities can put you at risk from the excessive heat and humidity. Be prepared.
Read more: Are You Ready for a Heat Wave?
Fire is one of the most common disasters. Fire causes more deaths than any other type of disaster. But if fire doesn't have to be deadly if you have early warning from a smoke detector any everyone in your family knows how to escape calmly.
Read more: Are You Ready for a Residential Fire?
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.
Read more: Are You Ready for a Tornado?
Know your area's flood risk -- if unsure, in the United States and its territories, call your local American Red Cross chapter or emergency management office. If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood. Listen to local radio or TV stations for flood information. Floods Can Take Several Hours to Days to Develop
- A flood WATCH means a flood is possible in your area. A flood WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
- A flood WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
Read more: Are You Ready for a Flood?
A thunderstorm is always accompanied by lightning. Thunderstorms are intense local storms averaging 20 miles across and reaching as high as 10 miles. Be prepared by having various family members do the activities on the checklist below.
Read more: Are You Ready for a Thunderstorm?