Community Emergency Partners


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Although Appalachian State University has primary responsibility for emergency and risk planning on campus, community emergency service agencies respond to campus almost daily to emergency calls for assistance. These partners also support the University during major emergencies and/or disasters. All phone numbers provided on this page are for non-emergency business. Dial 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) or 262-8000 (8000 from a campus phone) for emergencies.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) - Watauga Medical Center is the primary and largest hospital in the area. (828) 262-4100

Boone Fire Department - Provides primary fire protection and supports fire and life safety education programming. (828) 268-6180

Boone Police Department - Provides mutual aid law enforcement resources at the request of the Appalachian Police Department. Boone police officers have full jurisdiction and authority on campus. (828) 268-6900

Watauga Medics, Inc. - Provides primary emergency medical transport services. (828) 264-9486

Watauga County Rescue Squad - Volunteer agency that supports Watauga Medics, Inc. and provides medical support services for numerous special events on campus. (828) 264-2426

Watauga County Sheriff's Office - Provides mutual aid law enforcement resources to the University Police Department. Sheriff deputies have full jurisdiction and authority on campus. (828) 264-3761

Watauga County Emergency Management - Supports the University's Emergency Operations Center and coordinates emergency resource requests through the State of North Carolina. (828) 264-4235



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