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Emergency Management Planning :

Policy/Guideline Area

Business and Finance Policies

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges, System Office


The Board of Regents considers emergency preparedness and planning activities essential for maintaining the safety and security of each institution. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that institutions develop and maintain plans and procedures utilizing emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery criteria consistent with the National Incident Management System and the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan. These plans and procedures will help ensure that all institutions are able to respond appropriately in the case of emergencies or disasters which could occur within or around the institution in order to mitigate risks to students, faculty, staff and property.


  1. Emergency Management Planning
    1. Each institution shall develop, maintain and, execute an Emergency Management Plan that meets state and federal requirements. The Plan will guide the institution in responding to natural, man-made and/or public health hazards with the goal of mitigating risks to students, faculty, staff and property.
    2. The Plan shall be based on the concepts and principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), incorporating elements of the Incident Command System (ICS). The Plan should identify how the institution fits within the overall NIMS structure.
    3. The Plan shall address how the institution will integrate and coordinate with other governmental entities and should be shared, as appropriate, with relevant local, regional and/or state agencies in order to promote coordination among the various entities.
    4. The primary roles of the System Office are to:
      1. Provide necessary guidance for institutional officials to meet federal and state requirements;
      2. Act as liaison between TEMA (state) and TBR;
      3. Coordinate meetings of institutional emergency management planning staff;
      4. Assist in coordinating key personnel training;
      5. Monitor institutional compliance with this policy; and
      6. Report periodically to the Board on the status of emergency preparedness across the system.



T.C.A. § 49-8-203; National Incident Management System (NIMS)


Approved by Board, December 11, 2014.

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