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The decision to implement this Plan is the responsibility of the Site Emergency Coordinator or UT Chief of Police, in consultation with the Vice President for Agriculture or his/her designated representative.

Once the KCEMA Site Emergency Coordinator arrives on the site, all decisions for evacuation will be his/her responsibility.


7.2.1 During Office Hours

(8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday)

If a decision is made to evacuate, the Site Emergency Coordinator will notify the Institute of Agriculture Director of Services  974-7159.

  • The Director of Services will assign one or more persons to notify each departmental office by telephone and issue the order to evacuate.
  • The department head or appointed representative will issue the order to evacuate to all persons under his/her authority as well as to any students or visitors who might be in the facilities.

In the event the above means of evacuation notification does not function, the Site Emergency Coordinator will assign one person to go to each building (where safe to do so) and verbally to instruct all persons immediately to leave the building or area. This will include non-standard work locations such as handling animal outside, or personnel working in greenhouses.  If it is deemed unsafe to enter a building, a loud verbal notice of the evacuation will be given in place of entering the building.


Building or departmental emergency contacts and their phone numbers are listed in Appendix B.

7.2.2 Evenings, Weekends, and Holidays

Certain areas on the Agricultural Campus are routinely occupied during times other than normal working hours. These include the places listed below.

  • Pendergrass Ag/Vet Library

  • CVM live-in Quarters, rooms B301-317

  • Small Animal ICU

  • Meeting Rooms

  • Faculty/Graduate Offices

  • Computer Lab Biosystems Engineering 276-278

  • Cherokee Building A live-in quarters

  • JARTU, which may have 24-hour animal treatments in process

If an emergency arises which requires evacuation, the procedure described above will not function. Individuals should immediately contact University Police who may then carry out an evacuation. The procedure will be as follows:

  • Evacuation recommendations will be relayed IMMEDIATELY to the University of Tennessee Police, 974-3114.
  • The University of Tennessee Police will assign one or more persons or building commanders to go to each building (where safe to do so) and verbally instruct all persons to leave the building or area immediately. If it is deemed unsafe to enter a building, a loud verbal notice of the evacuation, accompanied by a siren blast, will be given in place of entering the building.
  • University Police will contact the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Live-in Quarters, Rooms B301-317 VTH at  974-5620 or 974-5621, the small animal ICU and the large animal ICU.
  • University Police will attempt to contact designated Site Emergency Coordinators at their homes.

Building or departmental emergency contacts for areas routinely occupied during times other than normal office hours are listed in Appendix B.



Employees, students, and visitors in the area(s) to be evacuated will IMMEDIATELY cease all activities, shut off all equipment and proceed as instructed.

Evacuation routes are posted at various locations inside the buildings. The evacuation routes from each building or area will generally be toward the nearest parking areas. Motorists will leave the campus as directed in the event the Agriculture Campus must be evacuated.

DO NOT USE ELEVATORS during any emergency/evacuation situation!

7.3.1 Small-Scale Evacuation

If the evacuation affects a limited area of the Agricultural Campus, evacuated persons may be asked to report to a designated meeting location which will be identified when the evacuation notice is given. All persons will be accounted for, by department/section, at the designated meeting location.

7.3.2 Large-Scale Evacuation

If the evacuation affects most or all of the Agricultural Campus, evacuated persons will be instructed to go home. A thorough search of the facilities will be conducted at the earliest possible time to ensure that no persons remain.

The primary means of evacuation will be by private vehicles. It is expected that drivers will make every effort to fill each vehicle to capacity during an evacuation, regardless of whether the passengers' destinations are in the direction the driver will be traveling. This will reduce the traffic congestion and also ensure that all persons will have transportation. Drivers will then transport the riders to their destinations.

Knox Area Transit buses which are on campus at the time of the emergency will also be utilized if possible to transport persons from the Agricultural Campus during an emergency evacuation.

Traffic must be able to enter Neyland Drive without delay from other traffic in order to evacuate. Traffic control assistance will be required from UT Police, Knoxville Police, Knox County Sheriff, or Tennessee Highway Patrol to permit safe, quick egress from the Agricultural Campus, particularly at the intersections with Neyland Dr and Highway 129.

If access to Neyland Drive is prohibited, vehicular egress across lawns to access Alcoa Highway may be used. If vehicular egress is not an option, the Third Creek Bike Trail will be utilized for pedestrian evacuation.


Physically impaired persons may experience difficulty during an evacuation due to their physical condition and other circumstances, such as being forced to use stairways instead of elevators. It is expected that able-bodied persons will assist the physically impaired to whatever extent is necessary to ensure that they reach safety. Ill or injured persons will be cared for in the most appropriate manner, ensuring that neither the victim nor the person providing care are exposed to unreasonable danger.


If the KCEMA Site Emergency Coordinator in charge determines the need to evacuate facilities adjacent to the Campus, one of more persons will be delegated the responsibility to notify those facilities by phone or door-to-door. Arrangements for shelter-in-place are not anticipated in the event of an emergency since there are no residences located on or immediately adjacent to the Agricultural Campus.


No attempt will be made to evacuate research animals or livestock until the safety of all affected humans has been ensured and the emergency has been reported as outlined in this Plan. Evacuation of animals and livestock will not be attempted if it presents unreasonable risk to the health of personnel, whether University personnel or emergency responders. Animal evacuation will not be attempted if there is a risk to the public from release of frightened animals or if it will block personnel leaving the campus.

If evacuation of animals from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is necessary and possible, animals may be placed in other areas of the campus. Animals may be temporarily tethered in the 'horse pen' outside the hospital, along the Lot 66, or placed in the Brehm Animal Science Building. The veterinarians in charge of the clinics will decide where to locate the animals. Suitable vehicles will then be required to transport the animals to facilities of the East Tennessee Research and Education Center, the Cherokee Large Animal Facility or other appropriate locations. Sources of suitable vehicles include those in Table 7-1.

Table 7-1
Sources of Vehicles for Animal Evacuations


Office Phone

East Tennessee Research and Education Center Superintendent:
Dr. John Hodges III

(865) 974-7201

UT Blount Farm 
Manager: Jackie E. Martin

(865) 970-2914 
(865) 970-2079

UT Johnson Animal Research & Teaching Unit

Manager: Mark Campbell

(865) 946-1020

Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Hospital Operations
Director: Leon Potgeiter

(865) 974-5575 
(865) 740-3801

Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Large Animal Department
Dept. Head: Dr. Bob Holland

(865) 974-5703


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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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