Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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General Safety

Accidents and Injuries

  1. What steps do I need to take if I get injured while working?    

The university’s top priority is the safety of the campus community. We strive to ensure a safe environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. In the event an injury occurs while working, the first step is to make sure you or the injured person receives appropriate first aid and medical care. In the event of an emergency, contact 9-1-1 or Appalachian Police (828-262-8000) immediately.

All employees (faculty, staff, student employees, and other individuals who receive compensation from the University) must report the incident, even if no injury occurred. Incidents may include accidents with property damage and no physical injury, as well as near hits, which is an incident where injury could have occurred but did not. To start the notification process, the Initial Notification of Injury Form should be completed. For additional information on the process for reporting accidents, injuries, and near hits, reference University Policy 303.5.

Lab Safety
Coming soon.

Fire Safety
Coming soon.

Emergency Preparedness

AppState ALERT (Emergency Notification System)

  1. How do I register to receive campus emergency alerts?

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to register for emergency text message and phone call alerts. 

        2. I have a student or family member at Appalachian. Can I register for emergency alerts?

At this time, only current students, faculty, and staff can register to receive emergency text message and phone call alerts. We want to make sure those on campus get pertinent information quickly with as little delay as possible. Parent and family members can, however, receive email updates in the event of a campus emergency through the Parent and Family Association. Updates will also be posted online at during campus emergencies.  

We encourage all faculty, staff, and students to develop a communication plan with their family and friends in the event of campus emergency. It will be easier for those on campus to reach out to family and friends living outside of the immediate area than it will be for individuals to contact those on campus. Designating a contact outside of Boone, along with a process for that person to share information with other family and friends is a good way to quickly share important information.

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Business Affairs Websites


Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management
P.O. Box 32112
Boone, NC, 28608 USA
(828) 262-4008

Business Services Building
1039 State Farm Road
Boone, NC

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