Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tennessee Hosts U.S. Public Health Service Training Teams Conducting Door-to-Door Surveys on Local Water Systems in Military-Style Uniforms

Another drill that does not really seem to make sense. Why would the Public Health Service send its teams out dressed in military-style uniforms? And why does it want to know about people's private water supplies?


Tennessee Hosts United States Public Health Service Training
Released on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 - 4:01 pm

Local water systems to be surveyed July 18-24

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health and Department of Environment and Conservation are hosting training activities by the United States Public Health Service July 18-24, 2010. Survey teams will conduct these training exercises in Rutherford and Wilson Counties.

“This is an important and effective program that benefits Tennesseans by helping collect information useful for improving our responsiveness in emergency events,” said Rand Carpenter, DVM, epidemiologist and public health veterinarian with TDOH.

As part of this training exercise, teams of uniformed public health officers will conduct surveys of residences and water utilities in Rutherford and Wilson Counties. Activities will include assessing the availability of public water and wastewater utilities and location of private water wells and onsite sewage disposal systems. Training team members will be dressed in military-style uniforms, and residents should not be alarmed if they see team members in their neighborhoods.

Resident participation in this project is voluntary and encouraged in order to further the Department of Health’s mission to protect, promote and improve the health of people living in, working in and visiting Tennessee. Anyone with questions or concerns about this project may contact the Department of Health at 615-741-7247.

The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,000 full-time, public health professionals dedicated to delivering the country’s public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science. To learn more, visit

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