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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 Operations 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 Office of Emergency Management is updating the current Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires the plan to be updated every 5 years. 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. To provide feedback to this plan, follow the link to the Hazard Mitigation Survey.   This feedback will be considered for incorporation into the final plan.  The draft plan is posted on SharePoint for any campus community member to review.

OEM will also host an open house during the public comment period. The open house will be held on March 7th, 2022, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, in the Student Union. This will be another opportunity for staff, faculty, and students to provide comments.

UTK Plan Notice 2022


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:  Exercise Report – UTK

UT Police officers conducting an emergency training exercise

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