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Campus Emergency Management and Planning

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Higher Education Project working group adopted this definition of emergency management:

Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.

The Office of Emergency Management provides guidance and support to campus-wide preparedness efforts. This site provides details about campus safety procedures and policies.

The OEM is currently in receipt of a federal grant to update the campus hazard mitigation plan.

Campus Emergency Management Plan

The campus emergency management plan is available on SharePoint for anyone with a UT Knoxville NetID and password.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Comment Opportunities

The campus was recently awarded a grant to update its Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan is posted on SharePoint for any campus community member to review.

The project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee. The campus community has an opportunity to provide valuable input to assist the planning team to accurately identify hazards and strategies for mitigating the impact of an incident. We had over 2,000 respondents to our survey to collect public input on the potential campus hazards. This feedback was incorporated into the plan. Contact the Office of Emergency Management to provide feedback at 865-974-3061.

More Information on the Planning Process

A hazard mitigation plan is the result of a planning process which identifies policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce the risk and future losses resulting from hazard events. The Multi-Hazard Mitigation Disaster Resistant University Plan will address a comprehensive list of both natural and man-made hazards likely to impact the University. The planning process is structured around four phases. These four phases are further broken down into 10 steps:

Phase 1: Organize Resources

  1. Organize Planning Team
  2. Plan for Public Involvement
  3. Coordinate with Other Departments/Agencies

Phase 2: Assess Risks

  1. Identify the Hazards
  2. Estimate Losses

Phase 3: Develop a Mitigation Plan

  1. Identify Goals and Objectives
  2. Develop Potential Mitigation Actions
  3. Draft the Mitigation Plan

Phase 4: Implement the Plan and Monitor Progress

  1. Adopt the Pan
  2. Implement and Maintain the Plan

Frequently asked questions regarding hazard mitigation planning.

Recent Emergency Response Exercises

Full list of recent exercises.

UT Police officers conducting an emergency training exercise

Active shooter full-scale exercise in Humanities and Social Sciences building May 2018.