Bear Safety

Respiratory Virus Safety

National Park Service's Hike Smart Guide

Snake Safety


Do not enter any WWC Farm pens, fields, or pastures.
The animals can be dangerous and are not pets.

You may not have cell service, away from WiFi.

The Swannanoa River might seem like a nice way to cool off, but do so at your own risk, from a general safety perspective, but also from a water quality perspective.

We recommend downloading a lightning/storm alert application to your phone.
Lightning can strike from up to 10 miles away.

Participant Support & Care Office     Sunderland Room 114
Hours:     2 PM – 10 PM, Sunday
8 AM – 6 PM, Monday
8 AM – 5 PM, Tuesday – Friday

Operations Manager (Before 5 PM):
Text the main office at (828) 298-3434

After 5 PM, please contact Public Safety for any immediate/nightly needs or concerns.

Room Keys/Residence Hall Codes:
If you forget your code, lock yourself out of your room, or lose your key, you can text 828-298-3434 (before 5 PM) or contact Public Safety.

Campus Security & Public Safety:
The Campus Public Safety Office is located in the lower level of the Ogg Building (across from the cafeteria).  Their phone number is 828-230-4592. (call or text). In case of an emergency, please dial 911, and then contact Public Safety.  There are 3 emergency call boxes (look for blue light) located on campus: in front of Boone, in the Kittredge Theatre parking lot, and the gravel lot behind/below Boon.
Please keep your vehicles and residence hall rooms locked at all times.  We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Medical Services:
If anyone should require medical attention during the Gathering, they will be referred to:
(in order of distance from WWC; times given in ideal traffic)

In the event of an EMERGENCY – CALL 911 and notify WWC Public Safety immediately (and then the Gathering Office as soon as you are able).  Ambulance, fire, or police will respond as needed.
Public Safety: 828-230-4592
Gathering Office: 828-298-3434

Mercy Urgent Care:     (828) 209-8679    1272 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805   35.58571999927946, -82.47353757043703  8-10 minutes West

MinuteClinic at CVS:   (866) 389-2727    11 River Ridge Dr., Asheville, NC 28803    35.57048762314279, -82.50548302617649  11-15 minutes West

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent , (828) 419-1035   201 NC-9, Black Mountain, NC 28711    35.615009980427054, -82.31850180525112  13-15 minutes East

Mission Hospital ER in downtown Asheville:
   (828) 213-1111    509 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801       35.578116353764834, -82.54901374986376  17-20 minutes West