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 

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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Are You Ready for a Flood?

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. Consult this site's flood map as prepared by FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agencyi. 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.

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