Natural Disasters & Weather Conditions

Alaska's unique geographic location exposes residents to many different environmental conditions. Events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flooding, heavy rain, or heavy snow can occur and may cause the University to close temporarily. Updates of emergency closures may be accessed through the campus switchboard at 786-1800 (option 2) or the main UAA website: Should a sizeable earthquake occur, stand in a doorway until it is over. If you happen to be outside, you should stand away from buildings, telephone and electrical lines, and trees. After the earthquake,
find a radio or television and listen for instructions from public safety agencies.

For more information pertaining to Alaska's unique environmental conditions, contact the Office of U.S. Government Earthquake Information at 786-7433, the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management at 267-4904 or University Police at 786-1120.

For your safety, Resident Advisers, employed by DRL, are on duty from 5:00 pm to 8:00am weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends and University holidays.  The RA on Duty for your community may be reached by dialing the number listed below:

RA Duty Numbers:

  • Main Apartment Complex (MAC):  529.9176
  • North Hall:  529.9177
  • East Hall & Templewood: 529.9178
  • West Hall: 529.9179
  • University Police: 786.1120

Twenty-four hour police service is provided on campus by UPD. Uniformed officers, commissioned by the State of Alaska, routinely patrol campus buildings, parking lots and the on-campus living community. To contact University Police, dial 6-1120 from any on-campus phone, or 786-1120 from an off-campus, cell, or public pay phone.