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. Click here to register.


When the University issues an emergency alert in response to a hazard, threat, or actual incident, everyone must know what the emergency conditions mean and basic emergency responses.

Please cick here for the "Must Know Emergency Information" for details on the campus conditions and basic emergency responses such as lockdown or shelter in place.

Basic Emergency Response

Back to the basics

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 an emergency or tragedy. Preparing for emergencies, even the most basic, will help you respond quicker and more effectively should the need ever arise. Please take a few minutes to read some basic emergency response guidelines. If you would like to request a workshop or training in your department, contact the Office of Environmental Health, Safety, and Emergency Management.

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. Click here to read the entire story.

The new EHS&EM

The emergency management program and emeregncy preparedness intiatives of Appalachian State, including this web site, are now a service of the newly established Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management Department (EHS&EM). If you have any questions relating to environmental health, safety, or emergency management programs at Appalachian, please visit the EHS&EM site (under development) or the 'Contact Us' section of this site.

Take ten minutes to prepare for campus emeregncies

As the Appalachian campus welcomed back returning faculty and students in August, we also welcomed the class of 2015. All first year students recieved important emergency preparedness information that encourages them to take just ten minutes to prepare for campus emergencies. The concept is not that you will only spend ten minutes preparing for emergencies, but that you will spend at least ten minutes exploring this site and then use that information to better prepare yourself. 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 you help make Appalachian a safer and more resilient place to learn, live, work, and play. Click on the picture above 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. Click here to read more.


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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

University 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