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City Completes New Emergency Operations Plan

Posted 10-15-20.

The City of Sevierville has completed a major revision and update of their emergency preparedness and response plans, culminating in a new Emergency Operations Plan. City staff worked for approximately one year on the new plan. For the past five months, City Emergency Management Director Donnie Shular has led the effort.


The overall purpose of the 300-page EOP is to provide a blueprint to be followed for the City, non-profit organizations, and residents to lessen the effects of emergencies and disasters. One major plan component that required extensive revision- the evacuation plan-is integral to a successful EOP. The evacuation plan’s purpose is to provide for the orderly and coordinated evacuation of any part, or all, of the population of the City.

Another plan that was developed jointly between Sevier County and the cities is the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The purpose of the hazard mitigation plan is to identify potential local hazards within the City. Each city has a hazard profile in the plan and representatives from Sevierville, Sevier County, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Pittman Center worked jointly with East Tennessee State University to develop the plan.

The EOP, as well as the evacuation and hazard mitigation plans, will be considered for adoption at the Monday, October 19, 2020 meeting of the Sevierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Sevierville Civic Center.