Emergency Information for Faculty


Click here for basic emergency responses to fires, violent criminal behavior, and other emergencies.


In today's climate, all of us have heightened sensitivities to potential danger on campus. While it is very important that we not harass or target anyone - everyone must be treated fairly and responsibly - the campus is, however, not powerless or reluctant to act decisively when threats arise.

Counseling for Faculty and Staff has posted valuable information that may be used to detect the potential for violent behavior:

Counseling for Faculty and Staff: Emergencies


The workplace violence policy applies to the conduct of an employee while functioning in the course and scope of employment as well as off-duty violent conduct that has a potential adverse impact on an employee's ability to perform the assigned duties and responsibilities. Workplace violence includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, threats, physical attack, domestic violence or property damage and includes acts of violence committed by State employees, clients, customers, relatives, acquaintances or strangers against State employees in the workplace.

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Each of these audience-specific areas of the site 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 on the left hand menu of this site.


1. Sign up for AppState-ALERT voice and text alerts. In addition to campus outdoor warning siren system and campus email, Appalachian will send emergency alerts as a voice and text message to your cell phone. You must register to receive voice and text alerts.

2. Study the University's emergency terminology. During emergency situations, the University's condition may change - which results in a larger response. The University and/or emergency officials may also ask you to seek safe shelter, shelter in-place, evacuate, or lockdown in your building. Faculty need to understand what each of these terms mean and prepare to assist others during an emergency. Click here for more information on emergency terminology.

3. Study and learn your surroundings. Take a look around your office, lab, and/or classroom. Make a mental note of the exits, fire extinguishers, and other safety devices. Also note areas within the building that provide protection.

4. Plan ahead and prepare your colleagues and students. You may want to include a "safety briefing" at the beginning of each semester. You may also provide basic emergency information in your course syllabus (Word, 102 KB). Taking small steps like these will reinforce the University's message that safety is fundamental to our mission.

5. Stay aware and report suspicious behavior. Preventing a violent act on campus could begin with you  when you report suspicious behavior. Since 2007, the University has developed a number of resources to assess risks. You may report suspicious behavior to the University's Early Intervention Team, Counseling CenterCounseling for Faculty and Staff, Dean of Students, or Appalachian Police. Report all emergencies immediately to the Appalachian Police Department by calling 8000.

6. Train! Several departments on campus offer safety and security training. Vist the 'Training and Exercises' page for more information.

7. Learn about other personal safety programs on the Appalachian campus:

The Appalachian Police Department (APD) is responsible for protecting life and property on campus 24/7. Officers patrol by car, by foot, and by bike and have complete authority to apprehend and arrest anyone who violates North Carolina State Law on campus. They provide many services including:

  • Bicycle Registration - all bicycle riders are encouraged to register their bicycles as a deterrent to crime and to promote safety.
  • Blue Light Emergency Phones - there are over 65 Emergency Blue Light Telephones located across the campus. These phones only require one button to be pushed and the call will ring directly to University Police and automatically identify the caller's location so assistance can be sent quickly.
  • Mountaineer Safe Ride/Walk – The Appalachian Police Department operates a campus escort service, Mountaineer Safe Walk/Ride to provide a safety escort service for students during the evening hours who may feel uncomfortable walking alone after dark.

    Students who need a safety escort to or from any campus owned building or parking lot can call 828-262-7433 seven days per week, excluding university holidays and both summer sessions.



1. Immediately take action - let your students know what you expect. Whether you want to be the leader or not, students will look to you during an emergency for direction and leadership. If you plan ahead you may provide answers and direction when they ask.

2. Try to remain calm and let those colleagues or students around you know your plan. Positive, calm response (emotionally and physically) will help others respond more effectively. If you practice your plan in advance and write it down, you will be more confident and capable of helping others.

3. Try to call out for assistance. Although cellular communications may not be available during an emergency, you should attempt to call Appalachian Police (262-8000) during an emergency. Call for assistance or to share pertinent information that will assist public safety officials. Try to remain calm and be patient during an emergency if phone lines are unavailable.

4. Follow emergency officials' or the University's emergency recommendation and report changes in your situation. Emergency officials and/or the University will ask all faculty, staff, and students to take specific actions in response to an emergency. They will share those messages via campus e-mail and the AppState-ALERT voice and text notification system. Follow those directions and report significant changes in the situation to University Police.

5. Visit www.appstatealert.com for updated emergency messages. Because of the numerous phone calls for assistance during an emergency, the University may not be able to provide answers to general inquiries, however, the University will update www.appstatealert.com with emergency messages. Attempt to gain access to a computer for updates and information rather than calling.

 1. Coordinate the recovery and return with your department. When the "smoke clears and the dust settles" many people have no idea where to start. Appalachian is working to develop more academic continuity and recovery plans. If your department does not have a plan, make sure to coordinate all recovery actions with your department.

2. Document damages and losses. Only enter your building if it is safe to do so. Make sure to document damages to your office or classroom and equipment. If you lost data, research, or information, please notify your departmental administration immediately.

3. Recovery starts with preparedness. Plan ahead and think about the things you may do now that would prevent loss. For more information, please contact the Office of Emergency Plans and Operations.

Thank you for taking an active interest in Appalachian's safety and security. Please browse this entire site to learn more about Appalachian's emergency plans. You are always welcome to contact us with questions, comments, and ideas.

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

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