EMA Director, John Mathews

John Mathews is the Sevier County Emergency Management Director.  He started his career in 2005 as a firefighter/paramedic for the Gatlinburg Fire Department.  John received his Associate’s Degree from Walters State Community College in Public Safety, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Management & Leadership Studies and Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both from Lincoln Memorial University. John has been a licensed National Registry Paramedic since 2007.
John is currently on numerous local and state boards.  He is the President-Elect for the Emergency Management Association of Tennessee (EMAT), the Chairman of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Sevier County, Chairman of the Membership Committee for EMAT, and Vice Chairman for the District II Homeland Security Executive Board.


Emergency Management Director
Chairman, Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Sevier County
Chairman, Emergency Management Association of Tennessee membership committee
Vice Chairman, District II Homeland Security Executive Board
Vice Chairman, Sevier County Hazardous Materials Team
Vice President, Emergency Management Association of Tennessee


Region 2 EMS Directors Association- EMT of the Year Award (2007)    
Leadership Award, Walters State Community College (2006-2007)    
Academic Award, Walters State Community College (2006-2007)
EMS Award, City of Gatlinburg (2005)
Member, Emergency Management Association of Tennessee

EMA Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide protection to the citizens and visitors of Sevier County, Tennessee through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery against all natural and manmade hazards.

Contact Information:

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John William Mathews
321 Court Ave. Sevierville, TN 37862
Office: 865 453-4919
Fax: 865 908-6449

Joe Ayers - Assistant Director
Todd Spence- Communications Officer
Mike Williams- Training officer
Jason Owens- Training Officer
Rodger Ogle- Operations Officer

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8-430
On Call 24/365

All services provided by the Sevier County EMA are free to all citizens of Sevier County.

1. What is Emergency Management?

Emergency management involves the planning, assignment and coordination of the resources available in an integrated program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for natural or man-made emergencies. It provides for the safety of our citizens. Since all known possible hazards have been identified and plans made which address the needs before, during and after an emergency or disaster. We continually review the plans to identify and correct problems and work together with neighboring towns and the Tennessee Emergency Management to insure a correct and adequate response will be made in the event of an emergency or disaster.

2. Why is planning so important?

It is everyone's responsibility to be prepared for any emergency. Initially, emergency services will be consumed with responding to the disaster. It is up to each of us to prepare. Planning in advance will help you, your family and friends manage an emergency in a calm and effective way, which will help keep you safe.

3. What can the SCEMA do for me in an emergency?

The SCEMA is offering emergency preparedness programs (CERT) to explain what any individual can do for his or herself in an emergency, such as making sure you have your supplies where you can easily and quickly access them. The SCEMA can also provide some resources to help you make your individual emergency plan.

During an emergency, Sevier County's resources may be scarce. That is why we encourage all residents to plan in advance, with neighbors, friends and family so should you need assistance, you have people you can call on.

4. Who will determine what areas need to be evacuated?

The Incident Command Team will make that determination based on the circumstances of the incident to insure the safety of life and property. The Incident Commander will be a high ranking official of whichever agency has the lead role in the incident, (EMA, Fire, Police, Public Health, etc.).

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County Meetings & Events

Thu Sep 07 @ 3:00PM -
Water Committee
Thu Sep 07 @ 4:00PM -
Budget Committee
Thu Sep 07 @ 5:00PM -
Intergovernmental Committee
Thu Sep 07 @ 6:00PM -
Emergency Services
Mon Sep 11 @ 5:00PM -
Steering Committee
Tue Sep 12 @ 5:30PM -
Planning Committee
Mon Sep 18 @ 5:00PM -
Transportation Committee
Mon Sep 18 @ 6:00PM -
County Commission Meeting

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