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Emergencies can occur in the academic setting and strike anyone at anytime. An emergency is an unforeseen situation that threatens university employees, students, or the public; disrupts or shuts down operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. This safety website outlines actions to be taken by individuals during an emergency situation and provides useful preparedness information for the university community.

All faculty, staff, and students should familiarize themselves with the university's general emergency procedures. They are posted in all ETSU buildings. These procedures give students, faculty, and staff specific information about what to do in the event of fire, severe weather, power outages, and hazardous material releases. The posting also provides specific procedures to follow for building evacuation and response to the campus emergency notification system. 

Emergency Preparedness
Personal Safety
Occupational Safety




Being aware and having a basic understanding of how to respond in a crisis can be the difference between life and death. 

Your personal safety is a general recognition and avoidance of possible harmful situations or persons in your surroundings. You can increase your personal safety by following a few simple strategies.

ETSU Environmental Health and Safety endeavors to provide a comprehensive safety program for students, staff,and visitors.

Emergency Phone Numbers


ETSU Mental Health Emergency
and Help Line
(423) 439-4841

Environmental Health & Safety

(423) 439-6028

Public Safety
(423) 439-4480

Safe Voyage Shuttle: 
(423) 914-5940

(423) 439-7900

(423) 439-1000



Register for approved East Tennessee State University emergency communications and other important information via text message and email, hosted by Rave Mobile Safety.

You can opt out of GoldAlert text messages at any time by texting STOP to 67283 or 226787.


Emergency Plans


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