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About the Office of Emergency Management

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’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 prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. OEM is represented in the following entities:

  • UT System alternate Emergency Services Coordinator to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • Steering Committee for the 2015 Oak Ridge Emergency Management Forum
  • Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force
  • President elect of the Emergency Managers Association of Tennessee and the International Emergency Mangers Association

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 Management Plan and close coordination with key university response units. The OEM is represented on the following internal entities:

  • Emergency Management Steering Committee
  • Emergency Management Executive Committee
  • Campus Safety Committee
  • Campus Notification Committee
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning Team
  • Surveillance Oversight Committee
  • UT Veterans Task Force

The OEM is part of the Public Safety Department.

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

Office Contacts

Director of Emergency Management
Brian Gard, CSSP
Phone: 865-974-3061
E-mail: bgard1@utk.edu

Emergency Management Planning Specialist
Brad Walker
E-mail: bwalke39@utk.edu

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:

1-800-232-5454

Notifications can also be submitted electronically at: http://comptroller.tn.gov/hotline

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