How can we contact you during an emergency? Click here to register for the AppState-ALERT notification system.

AppState-ALERT is the University's voice and text 24/7 emergency messaging system. Register for AppState Alert.

Prepare for Emergencies

With faculty and students who study hundreds of disciplines and thousands of subjects, Appalachian is certainly a diverse and vibrant campus. Unfortunately, recent surveys conducted by the Office 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 Office of Environmental Health, Safety, and Emergency Management.


Click on the graphics below to read information related to specific emergencies. 

Prepare for an active shooter  Prepare for a medical emergency  Prepare for a bomb threat  Prepare for Suspicious person, activity, substance, package  Prepare for winter weather  Prepare for Severe weather and Tornadoes  Prepare for Flooding  Prepare for fire emergency  Safety during an earthquake  personal preparedness for emergencies  hazardous materials response  Public Health Emergencies

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

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

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 Appalachian a safer and more resilient place to learn, live, work, and play. Click on the picture to the left to print a copy of the emergency preparedness flier.

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--Appalachian 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. 


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During an actual emergency or disaster, please visit for regularly updated emergency messages.


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

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