Knox County Tennessee

Emergency Preparedness Division – Planning for Specific Groups

Interim guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in regards to COVID-19

General Emergency Preparedness
Preparedness for the Family

The link below is a calendar geared to help you come up with a supply kit for you and your family. These tools will give you the basics you might need to take care of your family in the event of an emergency.

Business Continuity Plan

Preparing for emergencies is an essential activity for businesses.  A business continuity plan will help prepare your business to continue daily activities in the event a large portion of your employees are unable to attend work due to a disaster. For more information about preparing your business, go to

Childcare Facilities

The intent of the guide and plan below is to help the childcare centers in our community plan for disasters and be able to respond to an emergency. 

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors

This information was taken from a brochure created by a group of older adults who experienced a two-week power outage when a massive ice storm hit. The group was unprepared for such a disaster and emerged from their situation dedicated to researching and discussing disaster preparedness information for senior citizens. This document contains the results of their findings.

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Whether you are deaf, hard of hearing or latent deaf, there are specific things that you need to consider as you prepare for a disaster. This guide will help you start thinking of the steps needed and help prepare you for a disaster.

Faith-based Organizations

This document is intended as a starting point or template for faith-based organization leaders in developing a site-specific plan for their organization’s property. Every organization will have different needs and should adapt these recommendations to fit the needs of their particular site.

Homeless Facilities

In preparation for a disease outbreak, government officials strongly recommend that homeless facilities take appropriate measures to minimize the potential impact. Below are documents that will assist you in your planning.

  1. Planning document
  2. Continuing operations template
  3. Planning Checklist

Contact Us

Staff in the Knox County Health Department Emergency Preparedness Division can be reached at 865-215-5093 or by emailing

Click here to go back to the Emergency Preparedness Division main webpage.

Have Questions?
Call: 865-215-5555

Need to report a public
health emergency?

Call 865-215-5093

On the first Wednesday of every month, all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

Clinics will also open at 10:30 a.m. (Main location) and 11 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays: April 17 and July 17. All other offices will open at 8 a.m.