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      OHS hopes to change Tennesseans’ perceptions about emergency preparedness and explain what it truly means to be Ready. Preparedness goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks and extra food in the pantry. Being Ready includes: getting an emergency supply kit; making a family emergency plan; being informed about emergencies and their appropriate responses; and getting involved in community efforts such as Citizen Corps. By following the simple, yet necessary, steps, you’ll make sure you and your loved ones are ready for emergencies.
     Are you Ready in case of a National Emergency? Rural communities could get as many as 400 people 
per household
 from surrounding cities : staying for 3 weeks and even up to 3 months.

     FEMA guidelines have been prepared for direct dissemination to the general public and are based on the most reliable hazard awareness and emergency education information available, including advances in scientific knowledge,  accurate technical language, and the latest physical research on what happens in disasters.

There is extensive planning involved to cover every factor, situation, or difference in buildings, infrastructure, or other environmental features that might be of interest. To help you explore your interest further, additional sources of information have been included. More from FEMA

What Keeps The Counterterrorism Chief Up At Night

Mike Leiter's job is trying to protect the United States from another Sept. 11. NPR interview

National Emergency Communications Plan

Numerous after-action reports from major incidents throughout the history of emergency management in our Nation have cited communications difficulties among the many responding agencies as a major failing and challenge to policymakers. Congress and the Administration have recognized that a successful response to a future major incident—either a terrorist attack or natural disaster—requires a coordinated, interoperable response by the Nation’s public safety, public health, and emergency management community, both public and private, at the Federal, State, tribal, territorial, regional, and local levels.  (MORE)

Neuro-Linguistic Programming


     In the early 1970s, John Grinder, an assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Cali-fornia in Santa Cruz, and Richard Bandler, a student of psychology, identified patterns used by successful therapists. They packaged them in a way that could be passed on to others through a model now known as Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP.3

      Neuro-Linguistic Programming embraces three simple concepts. First, the neuro part of NLP recognizes the fundamental idea that all human behavior originates from neurological processes, which include seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling. In essence, people experience the world through their senses. Second, they communicate their experiences verbally, through language;4 therefore, the linguistic part of NLP refers to this use of language to communicate thoughts. Finally, the programming aspect of NLP recognizes that individuals choose to organize their ideas and actions to produce results. Each person also decides how to organize these ideas in a specific manner.
   Dr. Michael Persinger NeuroAnatomist
believes that the human brain has a weakness in the temporal lobe—the region responsible for making decisions. This weakness can make us all vulnerable to the influence of others.


Well known for whitewater rafing on the Ocoee River, the Ocoee Region of southern Tennessee and northern Georgia offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures.

American Ornithologists' Union

The American Ornithologists' Union, founded in 1883, was already aware of the dangers facing many birds in the United States. There were however influential ornithologists who defended the collection of birds.   

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Birding in Tennessee

Birds in the US were threatened by hunting for sport as well as for the fashion industry. Pressure from shooting enthusiasts was intense. Great auks, for example, whose habit of crowding together on rocks and beaches made them especially easy to hunt, had been driven to extinction early in the century. During one week in the spring of 1897, nature author Florence Merriam claimed to havseen 2,600 robins for sale in one market stall in Washington alone. By the turn of the century, the sale of bird flesh was never greater. The second equally great threat to the bird population was the desire for their plumage. In the late 1890s the American Ornithologists' Union estimated that five million birds were killed annually for the fashion market. In the final quarter of the 19th century, plumes, and even whole birds, decorated the hair, hats, and dresses of women.

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The Historic Trail of Tears

      The Trail of Tears, named for the trail that was used as a pathway for the Indian displacement of thousands of American Indians--runs through the southern part of Monroe County, now known as Joe Brown Road.  The first piece of legislation that Andrew Jackson got passed once becoming President, was the Indian Removal Act of 1830--this Act empowered Jackson to forcibly remove all Indians living East of the Misissipi River. 

      The Cherokee Tribe chose to fight the eviction in a surprising way; instead of going on the warpath as their fathers and grand-fathers might have done, they took the illegal eviction all the way to the Supreme Court. In a historic decision, Chief Justice John Marshall ruled in favor of the Cherokees, ruling that they did not have to move.  Andrew Jackson thought differently--Jackson said, Marshall has made his ruling, now "let him enforce it". Andrew Jackson became the first U.S. President to defy a Supreme Court decision.The end result was that the Cherokees were rounded up at gunpoint, and forcibly removed from their land. 

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Trail Of Tears House Bill-One Step Closer to becoming Law 

     The Trail of Tears Documentation Act (H.R. 5335) calls for the inclusion of two primary westward trails-the Benge and Bell routes, as well as water routes thru the Tennessee and Arkansas Rivers and the so-called “round up routes” from Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama which the Cherokee were sought out, gathered and subsequently marched to numerous holding camps where the prisoners awaited their forced journey by foot, horseback, boat and wagon to the new “Indian Territory.”