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.
Read more: Hickman County's Smallpox 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.
Read more: Smallpox Vaccination 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.
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?