Though no transmission of the avian flu has been reported in the United States, East Tennessee State University recognizes the importance of having a diligent plan in place in the event a local outbreak of the avian flu or another infectious disease was to occur. A task force was formed to develop a detailed preparedness plan that would encompass all areas of the university community accordingly.

If such an event were to occur, important information would be disseminated to the campus via the ETSU Alert Page at http://www.etsu.edu/alert/, which is easily accessible from the home page. Other forms of communication, such as email, would be used.