UAF on Alert


Winter storm warning

Updated 12/29/16, 4:04 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the middle Tanana Valley with heavy snow and areas of strong winds expected to continue through 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.

Snow is expected to begin this afternoon and become heavy in the evening with 8 to 15 inches of accumulation. Visibility may be less than a half mile at times and travel may be difficult. As with any heavy snowfall, trees may fall on power lines resulting in power outages.

UAF Facilities Services crews will be working to clear the snow on the Fairbanks campus and expect most roads and parking lots to be cleared for the Sparktacular event scheduled for 8 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Although most offices at UAF are closed for the winter break, there are some employees who are scheduled to work. These employees should coordinate with their supervisors for alternate scheduling if they do not feel safe to travel. 

Updates, including on any event cancellations, will be posted here as needed.

Helpful websites:

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
  • Email 
  • Facebook:
  • Twitter:
  • UAF's online emergency information site:
  • 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.

Various local public safety agencies also share emergency information via Nixle. To sign up to receive real-time emergency alerts, important advisories, community updates and traffic information via the web, e-mail or text to your cell phone visit