Emergency Management Task Force (EMTF)

Appalachian State University's Emergency Management Task Force plans for and responds to crises affecting the University. This mission is accomplished through an innovative and comprehensive emergency management, business continuity, and disaster recovery planning process. The Task Force coordinates the organizational resources of the University during crisis response through a collaborative approach to crisis management based upon best practices and executive authority.


The Task Force is composed of a primary and at least one alternate representative from each campus entity with a response or resource role during an emergency. Each member of the Task Force has the authority to make formal recommendations on behalf of the division or department and coordinate resources during an activation of the University Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Here is a list of the current EMTF membership.


During normal operations, the EMTF meets at least quarterly to discuss planning goals, review University emergency plans and policies, and prepare for exercises, events, and incidents. The EMTF is also actively involved in App State's emergency training and exercise program.


Guidance for the actions of the Task Force are established by University policy, Safety and Security Council requests, UNC System mandates, and federal and state mandates or standards relating to emergency management, business continuity, and disaster recovery.

Here is a visual overview of University emergency operations during a major emergency or disaster.