The Incident Management Team (IMT), consisting of members from Student Affairs, University
Police, Facilities and Campus Services, and University Advancement meets regularly
during the academic year to discuss, plan, and address either current or potential
incidents which may affect the Anchorage, Aviation Technology Complex, Chugiak-Eagle
River, or University Center campuses. The IMT regularly sends email messages to staff
and students to educate the campus communities about seasonal safety issues and what
to do in the event of specific emergencies.
To report an emergency, dial 911, use an emergency phone in an elevator, or use a
blue-lighted emergency phone on campus. Reports about all other police non-emergencies
on the Anchorage, Aviation Technology Center, and University Center campuses should
be directed to University Police (UPD) by phoning 786-1120. To report a police non-emergency
on the Chugiak-Eagle River campus, dial the Anchorage Police (APD) at 786-8900. Reports
about all incidents on the Chugiak-Eagle River campus should also be reported to the
campus Extended Studies and Secondary Partnerships Director by phoning 786-7600 or
visiting Room 115 in the Eagle Center. In the event of hazardous materials, the Anchorage
Fire Department (AFD) should notify UPD that they are responding to an incident. Conversely,
in the event of fire, UPD will contact AFD to verify they are en-route. In the event
of a public health emergency, University Police will coordinate with the Student Health
& Couseling Center and Alaska Department of Health & Social Services. In the event
of a natural gas leak, UPD will consult with utility responders to determine the size
of the evacuation area. In the event that APD pursues a criminal onto campus, APD
usually notifies UPD.
UPD and/or IMT will notify the campus communities or the appropriate segment of the
communities, upon verification of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving
an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all students or employees occurring
on campus. UPD and/or IMT will take into account the safety of the community, determine
the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless notification
will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts
to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
Due to the immediacy and nature of the incident, UPD and/or IMT may initiate the UA
Alerts Notification System and send immediate notifications to the campus communities
or the appropriate segment of the communities. The initial notification may occur
through the UA Alerts Notification System which allows participants to choose to be
contacted via text message, phone, or email;or via UAA email and/or broadcasts over
campus telephones. Students and employees are automatically enrolled in UA Alerts.
To update your contact information in UA Alerts, go to www.alaska.edu/alerts/.
As soon as is practical, UPD contacts members of the IMT. If UPD has not already made
an emergency notification, the IMT will determine who should be notified and the content
of the notification. The IMT is charged with managing the emergency from onset to
recovery. The IMT has both the decision-making and financial authority to address
emergencies on campus. Both UPD and the IMT have received Incident Command System
(ICS) training. ICS training is also provided to other selected University employees
who IMT may call upon to help them manage an emergency.
After the initial notification, the IMT may issue subsequent updates using the previously
identified communication methods. The IMT will determine the content of subsequent
updates. University Advancement may also post subsequent notifications on the Anchorage
campus Twitter and/or Facebook webpage at http://twitter.com/#!/uaanchorage or https://facebook.com/UAAnchorage, the Anchorage campus webpage at www.uaa.alaska.edu, and/or the Anchorage campus information line at 786-1800.
The IMT may issue subsequent notifications to specific areas on a campus, one entire
campus, or multiple campuses. UPD or their agents may post flyers at each entrance
to academic buildings affected by the emergency. Likewise, Residence Life may post
flyers at the entrance to residence halls, the front door of each Templewood apartment,
and/or the entrance to each Main Apartment Complex stairwell that is affected by the
emergency. UPD may use public address systems in Rasmuson Hall, the Library, and the
Student Union. UPD may make announcements using speakers on patrol cars or by walking
around campus and using megaphones. Chugiak-Eagle River staff members may walk around
the Chugiak-Eagle River campus to classrooms, offices, and the parking lot to make
University Advancement is responsible for issuing subsequent notifications and disseminating
emergency information to the larger Anchorage and Eagle River communities by contacting
local media including television and radio stations and appropriate agencies.
In the event that a building needs to be evacuated, the occupants will be directed
to the emergency assembly area by building safety coordinators. IMT may provide information
regarding where events scheduled for that building have been relocated. In the event
that an entire campus needs to be evacuated, the IMT may close that campus. In the
event of a campus-wide evacuation, on campus residents would be asked to stay with
relatives or friends in Anchorage. If on campus residents do not have local relatives
or friends off campus, University Housing will coordinate alternate housing for on
campus residents. In the event of an emergency, the IMT may ask everyone to shelter-in-place.
The IMT makes safety announcements and reminders to the University community throughout
the year. When the IMT needs to inform the campus community about school closures
due to snow or other safety issues, notifications may be made using the following
forms of communication:
- UAA webpage
- Campus Switchboard at 786-1800, press 2
- UAA page on Facebook
- Personal notifications via email, telephone, and text messages from UA Alerts
- UAA Twitter alerts
- Anchorage Daily News
- Local TV Channels 2, 11, and 13
- Radio Stations KSKA 91.1
- Your UAA-assigned email inbox
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) regulary schedules exercises to test our
emergency plans. In the past, Anchorage campus has invited APD, AFD, local hospitals,
Joint Base Elmendorf Fort Richardson, and Alaska Pacific University to participate
to test the coordination of multiple agencies to address an emergency. In the past
few years, the Anchorage campus has conducted exercises on earthquakes, plane crashes,
hazardous materials terrorism, and active shooter scenarios. In every planned exercise,
there is an after-action review that is written and distributed to the IMT and administration.
The Office of the Emergency Management keeps a description of the exercises including
dates and times of the exercises and whether they were announced or unannounced.
Once a year, campus building evacuation drills occur across the entire Anchorage,
Aviation Technology Center, and University Center campuses. At these events, University
Police hand out flyers explaining to students and employees what to do in the event
of a building evacuation. The Emergency Manager keeps a description of each drill
including the date and time and whether the drill was announced or unannounced. The
Emergency Manager summarizes the results of the evacuation drills for each building
and forwards a report to each Building Safety Coordinator (BSC). To see the evacuation
results for a particular building on campus, see www.uaa.alaska.edu/fcs/upload/BSC-List.pdf.
In coordination with campus building evacuation drills, campuses will publish their
emergency response and evacuation procedures by including a link to the Emergency
Operations Plan in a Green & Gold Daily announcement. UAA's Emergency Operations Plan
and family of documents includes single-page incident actions plans for specific topics,
i.e., fire alarms, pandemic illnesses, and suspicious packages or substances. These
action plans apply to all UAA campuses. For further information regarding UAA's emergency
response preparedness, please visit https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/emergency/.