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The University of Tennessee Agricultural Campus houses the four branches of the Institute of Agriculture. These are:

  • Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station - conducts a variety of basic and applied research related to production, processing and use of agricultural crops, livestock, and ornamental plants.  Includes ten Research and Education Centers across the state, including the East Tennessee Research and Education Center located in Knoxville.
  • UT Extension - provides research-based educational materials and programs to residents of Tennessee.
  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources - provides classroom, laboratory, and practical instruction to University students.
  • College of Veterinary Medicine - conducts animal-related research and provides instruction to students enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  The college also provides 24-hour animal hospital services.

The Agricultural Campus consists of 30 buildings including greenhouses, office buildings, classrooms, laboratories, a veterinary teaching hospital, and a library. Approximately 500 people are employed at the Agricultural Campus. In addition, there may be more than 500 students and/or visitors present at any time. The Agricultural Campus is bordered by:

North — U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway)
South —Third Creek and the Kuwahee (Third Creek) Wastewater Treatment Plant
East — Third Creek, Fulton Bellows, railroads and the UT Knoxville campus
West — Neyland Drive and the Tennessee River (Lake Loudon)

The two access and egress routes for the Agricultural Campus are at either end of Joe Johnson drive where it intersects with Neyland Drive and with Volunteer Drive.

Emergencies may occur at any time on or near The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). An emergency is defined as: Any sudden unexpected occurrence of a serious and urgent nature that demands immediate action.

The occurrence may be a result of unsafe acts or conditions in the workplace or by climactic or social conditions. Immediate action may be necessary to safeguard life and property. Types of emergency situations that may occur on or near the UTIA campus include, but are not limited to:

  • fires and explosions
  • severe weather
  • radiological accident
  • hazardous or biological materials incidents
  • bomb threat

The first duty of all involved in an emergency is the protection and safety of all persons, including students, employees, and visitors to the University.

The Site Emergency Coordinators (SEC) are listed in Table 2-1. The responsibilities of the SEC are as follows:

  • The overall safety of all the employees at the designated UTIA location
  • Understand the emergency procedures and can invoke this Plan, if necessary,
  • Has the authority to relocate or release employees to their homes in the event that emergency conditions at the facility are such that employees could be injured or become ill
  • Interfaces with offsite emergency response support upon their arrival at the office
  • Has the authority to indicate when employees can re-enter the building after an emergency that required an evacuation
  • Assures that the appropriate investigations are conducted and that the appropriate records and reports are generated after an emergency has been resolved
  • Has a battery-powered radio at his or her disposal to tune in weather and news information in the event of an impending or actual emergency.

    Table 2-1: Site Emergency Coordinators

    *In after hours emergencies contact UT Police for Emergency Coordinator home phone numbers*


    Safety Officer


    105 Agricultural Engineering

    First Alternate 

    Director of Services


    105 Morgan Hall

    Second Alternate

    Safety Coordinator


    106 Agricultural Engineering

    Third Alternate

    Dierctor, CVM Hospital Operations


    Veterinary Teaching Hospital B206

    Fourth Alternate

    Associate Dean, Agricultural Experiment Station 


    103 Morgan Hall

    Fifth Alternate

    University Police


    UTK Police Department


Incident Affecting Small Area: If the emergency affects only a limited portion of the Agricultural Campus, such as a single building, the command post and equipment staging area may be located adjacent to the facility involved. The location of the command post and staging area for such building will be selected by the Site Emergency Coordinator.

Incident Affecting Large Area:
If the emergency affects most or all of the Agricultural Campus, the command post and equipment staging area will be located at either of two areas:

River Drive - In front of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Patio Area In front of Biosystems Engineering Buildings.

This location is illustrated in Figure 2.1. If the emergency requires the evacuation of the Agricultural Campus, making it unsafe to have the command post on-site, the alternate command post will be selected by the Knox County Emergency Management Agency (KCEMA) Incident Coordinator.



Section 1: Authority
Section 2: Emergency Info
Section 3: Hazard Analysis
Section 4: Response

Section 5: Notification Procedures
Section 6: Response Procedures
Section 7: Evacuation Plan
Section 8: Investigation and
Section 9: Training for On-site
Section 10: Public Relations
Appendix A: Forms
Appendix B: Emergency
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