Prepare for Emergencies

With faculty and students who study hundreds of disciplines and thousands of subjects, Appalachian State University is certainly a diverse and vibrant campus. Unfortunately, recent surveys conducted by the Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management indicate that many of our faculty, staff, and students are simply not prepared for one of the most fundamental and basic subject areas -- personal safety and preparedness.

Most people do not prepare for emergencies until they personally experience one. Preparing for emergencies, even the most basic, will help you respond quicker and more effectively should the need arise. If you would like to request a workshop or training in your department, contact the Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management.

Each of the audience-specific pages below is specifically designed to provide you with a few of the most important things that you may do to prepare for emergencies. Please also familiarize yourself with the resources available throughout this site.

You have 161,280 minutes in one semester at Appalachian

Take Ten Minutes to Prepare

We encourage all students to spend at least 10 minutes to better prepare yourselves for campus emergencies.

Take two minutes to register to receive emergency voice and text messages on your cell or smart phone through the AppState-ALERT system. Register for AppState-ALERT.

Next, take eight minutes to explore this emergency web site. The site has information for both students and parents.

Nearly every week, the media publishes reports about incidents on college campuses. From violence to hurricanes, we must all prepare ourselves to prevent, respond, and recover from emergencies and disasters. There are 161,280 minutes in an average semester; by spending ten of them preparing for potential emergencies, you to help make App State a safer and more resilient place to learn, live, work, and play. Print a copy of this emergency preparedness flier.

Emergency Numbers

  • Fire, Police, and Ambulance
    On campus: 9-911
  • Appalachian Police
    Emergency: x8000 (262-8000)
    Non-Emergency: x2150 (262-2150)
  • Student Health Services
    x3100 (262-3100)
  • Watauga Medical Center
    (828) 262-4100
  • Poison Control - Carolinas Medical Center
    (800) 222-1222

App State Is a "StormReady" Campus

Appalachian State University has completed a set of rigorous warning preparedness criteria established by the National Weather Service to earn the distinction of being a StormReady® University.

The Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management (EHS&EM)

The emergency management program and emergency preparedness initiatives of Appalachian State University, including this web site, are now a service of the Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management (EHS&EM). If you have any questions relating to EHS&EM programs at App State, please visit the EHS&EM site or the "Contact Us" section of this site.

Chancellor's Emergency Preparedness Message

No one knows if or when a disaster might disrupt campus operations. Recognizing the need to be prepared for any disaster--whether illness, blizzard, violent crime or another scenario—App State is always expanding and improving its campus-wide Emergency Operations Plan.

University leaders have taken steps to protect the safety and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. They also have developed guidelines addressing the continuation of campus services should a disruption of services occur.