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About the Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) primary function is to provide campus level planning, training, and emergency management program coordination and implementation. Coordination includes ensuring proper integration of local, state, and federal efforts.

OEM is represented in the following entities:

  • UT System alternate Emergency Services Coordinator to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • President of the Emergency Managers Association of Tennessee
  • Members of the International Emergency Managers Association, Emergency Management Accreditation Program, and National Center for Sports Safety and Security.

Emergency management is the public safety discipline that is the lead agency responsible for the collaboration of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from all hazards to build whole community resiliency.

The OEM is also responsible for providing support, coordination, and guidance to the UT units located in the Knoxville area. This includes establishing the framework that allows for an integrated approach to prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation by UT units. This is primarily accomplished by providing guidance in the Campus Emergency Operations Plan and close coordination with key university response units. The OEM is represented on the following internal entities:

  • Emergency Management Steering Committee
  • Campus Executive Safety Council
  • Campus Safety Committee
  • Campus Notification Committee
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning Team
  • Disaster Relief Management Team
  • UT Veterans Task Force

The OEM is part of the Public Safety Department.

Training is available at Online@UT (Canvas) and customized training for groups can be requested by contacting the Office of Emergency Management at 865-974-9347

Office Contacts

Main Line: 865-974-9347

Director of Emergency Management

Brian Gard

Emergency Management Supervisor

Brad Walker

Emergency Management Planning Specialist 

Ryan Steffy


Citizens and agencies are encouraged to report fraud, waste, or abuse in state and local government.

NOTICE: This agency is a recipient of taxpayer funding. If you observe an agency director or employee engaging in any activity which you consider to be illegal, improper, or wasteful, please call the state comptroller’s toll-free hotline:


Notifications can also be submitted electronically.