UAF on Alert


Fire at Atkinson Building extinguished

Updated 12/3/18 at 2:30 p.m.

Firefighters have extinguished a fire in the ash handling facility at the Atkinson Building this morning. The University Fire Department responded to a report shortly after 9 a.m. of a fire in the ash handling area of the power plant. When they arrived, flames and smoke were visible outside the building. University crews, along with crews from Fort Wainwright Fire Department and Fairbanks Fire Department, worked to extinguish the visible fire and put out spots where it was burning inside walls. The university is not anticipating any interruptions in heat or power service to campus as a result of the fire.

Fire at ash house at Atkinson Building

Updated 12/3/18 at 9:30 a.m.

The University Fire Department is currently responding to a report of a small fire at the ash house at the Atkinson Building, which houses the UAF heat and power plant. Campus power is still on. The fire does not currently affect the new combined heat and power plant.

Morning earthquake jolts Anchorage area

Updated 11/30/18 at 5:07 p.m.

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna valley area today at about 8:30 a.m. and has been followed by multiple smaller aftershocks throughout the day. Many University of Alaska locations throughout Southcentral Alaska are currently closed as university officials assess the damages. There have been no reports of injuries. University of Alaska Fairbanks staff are in contact with employees at UAF facilities in the area. There have been some reports of damage, but not injuries.

The American Red Cross and Facebook both have sites online for people to check in safe, and for friends and family members to check on their status.

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Other sources of information
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University of Alaska Anchorage alert site -
Cooperative Extension Service publication on natural disasters in Alaska:

This website will offer access to current information about emergencies at UAF. During an emergency or crisis, information may be provided in several ways:
  • Text messages to your cell phone via Rave Mobile Safety. 
  • Alertus computer desktop message
  • Alertus emergency alert beacons
  • Loudspeakers
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  • Local news radio and/or television broadcasts
  • Telephone text and voice messages
  • Verbal updates from building coordinators
  • UAF recorded hotline at 907-474-7UAF (7823)

Campus closures

  • View the UAF policy on emergency campus closures here.

Media inquiries

  • Refer reporters to UAF public affairs staff or designated spokesperson for information in an emergency:
    • Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, 907-474-7902 or
    • UAF University Relations, 907-474-6281.

Safety Seconds

Seconds count. Take a few seconds to review the Emergency Response Guide. It's information that could save your life.

In addition, the following resources offer specific safety information:

Unsafe condition, accident or injury reporting


Online Incident Reporting button

You can report any of the following incidents:

  • UA Employee Injuries
  • Non-Employee Injuries (Including Students)
  • Unsafe Conditions
  • Damaged Property
  • Damaged Vehicles

Employees and students
Update your information.

Students and employees can click this button to visit UAOnline and update their information. Please make sure you enter a cell phone number in the correct field to receive text messages about emergencies and extreme weather affecting campus.

Parents and members of the public can also receive emergency alerts from the university by clicking here to enroll. Residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough will also have the option to customize their borough Smart911 information.

Questions about the university's alert notification system? Visit this page for FAQs about the Rave system and alerts.

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