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Anchorage Police Department
Sunday December 2nd, 2018 :: 10:00 a.m. AKST

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Earthquake Update: New snow forecast; New traffic closures; New mental health services

Update:
Good morning everyone!
 
Things are beginning to return to normal. We continue to have a large presence in the community to keep you safe. You have come together like Alaskans do and helped one another and that has made our jobs as first responders much easier. Thank you! We are grateful for your continued cooperation during this stressful time. Your safety is our number #1 priority. We’re here for you if you need us. If you have any questions, please call 211.
 
Weather:
Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Anchorage.
 
New: Forecasted snow totals have been reduced. Snow will start falling around 9 p.m. with the heaviest happening during the overnight hours. 3-6 inches are expected in the Anchorage Bowl and the Hillside. The snow should stop falling by the Monday morning rush hour. Municipal snow and road crews are prepared to deal with this snow event. Please plan ahead and check or recheck your surroundings before the snow covers it up.
 
For more info: www.weather.gov/anchorage
 
Communications:
Anchorage remains under an emergency declaration and continues to keep the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated. All public safety agencies are operating at emergency staffing levels.
 
APD Dispatch remains fully operational. Only call 911 for emergencies and 311 for non-emergencies.
 
Cell phone companies are advising to use text message or social media instead of calling due to the extremely high volume of calls on their networks.
 
The Mayor and his public safety team will be giving an update at 10:30 a.m. about what’s happened overnight and what you need to know right now.
It will be broadcast live on our FB page: www.facebook.com/APDInfo
 
For non-English speakers, click this link:
www.muni.org/Pages/2018EarthquakeMutiLanguageMessage.aspx

Transportation:
Briggs Bridge @ Eagle River Loop Road: Closed.

Glenn Highway
Outbound starting at the scales to the South Eagle River Bridge: One lane closed; Speeds reduced
 
Inbound & Outbound @ Eklutna: One lane closed
 
Parks/Glenn Interchange: One lane closed
 
Glenn Highway Reminder: Start planning ahead for Monday if you commute to Anchorage from the Valley, Eklutna, Chugiak and Eagle River. Severe delays and detours will continue into next week. If you have an option to work from home, look into those plans now.

Seward Highway
Between Tudor and 36th Avenue; Two lanes closed; Drivers should take alternate routes.
 
Seward Highway MP 104-114: Rock fall continues in this area with continuing aftershocks and settling. DOT&PF recommends avoiding the area unless travel is absolutely necessary. DOT&PF Maintenance is actively monitoring and removing rock fall.
 
Major road closures and delays will continue for the next several days. Stay off the roads unless necessary. Obey traffic laws, follow officers’ commands and move for emergency responders.
 
People Mover: All rides free today; Regular weekend schedule.
 
Health
Aetna Behavioral Health offering mental health specialist to help people cope with this on-going traumatic situation. To schedule, call 1-833-327-AETNA.
 
Emergencies can be stressful and it’s normal to be feeling anxious, sad or angry.
For more information:
http://www.muni.org/Departments/health/Pages/November302018EarthquakeResources.aspx
 
Continue to do welfare checks on loved ones, friends and neighbors. If you can’t make contact via phone, make an attempt to physically check before calling for assistance.
 
Shelter:
Fairview Recreational Center (1121 East 10th Street)

Utilities:
Water: Precautionary boil advisory continues (excluding Girdwood); Quality remains good.
 
ENSTAR has activated its emergency plan. Call 907-334-7763 or 907-334-7770 to report any gas leaks.
 
Solid Waste Services: Landfill open only (normal hours); No commercial collection. Central Transfer Station closed.
 
Garbage: Residential locations should be serviced by today; Recycling efforts still being assessed.

Schools:
Closed Monday and Tuesday; After-school activities cancelled.
For more information: www.asdk12.org
 
Damage and Problems Data Collection:
We want to know about any problems and/or damage you’ve encountered as a result of the earthquake and aftershocks. We are doing an assessment only. This is not for requesting assistance.
 
Click here to provide data:
https://muniorg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/GeoForm/index.html?appid=98866748a51c4ce098fa9f24b18fec02
 
Safety Tips:
Keep generators away from doors
Keep extinguishers on hand
Check gas lines
Shelter in place
Check on friends and family
Keep phone lines open
Stay off the roads
Obey traffic laws, follow officers’ commands and move for emergency responders
Inspect home for damage
Don't try to move heavy debris alone
Wear protective clothing during clean-up efforts
 
Below are additonal safety tip links:
www.earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ak20419010/oaf/commentary
www.fema.gov/pdf/library/f&web.pdf
www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/emergency-disinfection-drinking-water
www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html
dot.alaska.gov/earthquake2018/
Pet Safety Tips: www.muni.org/Departments/health/Admin/animal_control/Pages/disaster.aspx
 
Volunteers:
If you can help, please call the American Red Cross at 907-646-5401.
 
Please continue to stay safe, check on friends and families and review all the safety information.




Update 12/1/18 6:15 p.m.:
Weather:
Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Anchorage.
 
Wind gusts continue and expected to end around midnight.
                -35-40mph in the Anchorage Bowl
                -50-65mph in the Hillside area
 
Snow should start falling tomorrow evening with the heaviest happening during the overnight hours. 4-6 inches are expected in the Anchorage Bowl and 8-12 inches for the Hillside. The snow should stop falling by the Monday morning rush hour. Municipal snow and road crews are prepared to deal with this snow event.
 
For more info: www.weather.gov/anchorage
 
Shelter:
New: Fairview Recreational Center (1121 East 10th Street): Open
Egan Center and Chugiak Senior Center: Closed
 
Transportation:
Glenn Highway Reminder: Start planning ahead for Monday if you commute to Anchorage from the Valley, Eklutna, Chugiak and Eagle River. Severe delays and detours will continue into next week. If you have an option to work from home, look into those plans now.
 
Glenn Highway
Outbound Eagle River Bridge: Reopened except for one lane
 
Eagle River/North bound Briggs Bridge is open at this time. South bound Briggs Bridge remains closed.

Mirror Lake/Thunderbird Falls: Slope failure on both sides of the highway. AFTERSHOCKS AND SETTLING ARE EXPANDING THE DAMAGE TO DRIVING LANES. DOT&PF is advising the public that detours are slow, and to please plan for additional time when traveling the area. Construction crews are actively repairing slope failures, however, the area is still dynamic and repairs will take time.
 
Parks/Glenn Interchange: Right lane outbound; Closed; Off-ramp toward Palmer is closed. Use Trunk Road detour via the Parks Highway to access Palmer. Construction crews are actively working to restore the approach/abutment.
 
Seward Highway
Seward Highway MP 104-114: Rock fall continues in this area with continuing aftershocks and settling. DOT&PF recommends avoiding the area unless travel is absolutely necessary. DOT&PF Maintenance is actively monitoring and removing rock fall.
 
Major road closures and delays will continue for the next several days. Stay off the roads unless necessary. Obey traffic laws, follow officers’ commands and move for emergency responders.
 
Utilities:
Garbage: Residential locations should be serviced by tomorrow; Recycling efforts still being assessed
Water: Precautionary boil advisory continues (excluding Girdwood); Quality remains good
 
Welfare Checks:
Continue to check on loved ones, friends and neighbors. If you can’t make contact via phone, make an attempt to physically check before calling for assistance.
 
Schools:
Closed Monday and Tuesday; After-school activities cancelled.
For more information: www.asdk12.org
 
Damage and Problems Data Collection:
We want to know about any problems and/or damage you’ve encountered as a result of the earthquake and aftershocks. We are doing an assessment only. This is not for requesting assistance.
 
Click here to provide data:
https://muniorg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/GeoForm/index.html?appid=98866748a51c4ce098fa9f24b18fec02
 
Health Tips:
Emergencies can be stressful and it’s normal to be feeling anxious, sad or angry.
 
For more information:
http://www.muni.org/Departments/health/Pages/November302018EarthquakeResources.aspx
 
Communications:
If you missed the latest public safety update, we’ve posted it on our Facebook page.
Click this link to watch: www.facebook.com/APDInfo/
 
The Mayor and his team will give another update tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
 
Call 911 for emergencies, 311 for non-emergencies and 211 if you need support or referrals to services in your area.
 
For non-English speakers, click this link:
www.muni.org/Pages/2018EarthquakeMutiLanguageMessage.aspx
 
Please continue to stay safe, check on friends and families, and review all the safety information below.

Update 12/1/18 3:15 p.m.:
Weather:

Wind gusts continue to increase and will now extend into the evening.
                -40-45mph in the Anchorage Bowl
                -50-60mph in the Hillside area
 
Snow is definitely on its way. It should start falling tomorrow evening with the heaviest happening during the overnight hours. 4-6 inches are expected in the Anchorage Bowl and 8-12 inches for the Hillside. The snow should stop falling by the Monday morning rush hour. Municipal snow and road crews are prepared to deal with this snow event.
 
For more info: www.weather.gov/anchorage
 
Transportation:
Glenn Highway Reminder: Start planning ahead for Monday if you commute to Anchorage from the Valley, Eklunta, Chugiak and Eagle River. Severe delays and detours will continue into next week. If you have an option to work from home, look into those plans now.
 
Schools:
Closed Monday and Tuesday; After-school activities cancelled.
For more information: www.asdk12.org
 
Damage and Problems Data Collection:
We want to know about any problems and/or damage you’ve encountered as a result of the earthquake and aftershocks. We are doing an assessment only. This is not for requesting assistance.
 
Click here to provide data:
https://muniorg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/GeoForm/index.html?appid=98866748a51c4ce098fa9f24b18fec02
 
Communications:
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, his public safety team, as well as Dr. Deena Bishop with the Anchorage School District, will be giving an update at 4:30 p.m.
It will be broadcast live on our FB page (www.facebook.com/APDInfo/)
 
Call 911 for emergencies, 311 for non-emergencies and 211 if you need support or referrals to services in your area.
 
For non-English speakers, click this link:
www.muni.org/Pages/2018EarthquakeMutiLanguageMessage.aspx
 
Please continue to stay safe, check on friends and families, and review all the safety information below.

Update 12/1/18 12:05 p.m.:
Weather:

Wind gusts will be an issue starting around Noon and expected to continue into the evening
                -40-45mph in town
                -50-60mph Hillside
Temperatures are expected to rise above 32 degrees creating slippery conditions with the potential of refreezing overnight.
Snow is forecasted for tomorrow late afternoon. 4-8 inches is expected. Plan ahead and check your surroundings.
For more info: www.weather.gov/anchorage
 
Transportation:
Major road closures and delays will continue for the next several days. Stay off the roads unless necessary. Obey traffic laws, follow officers’ commands and move for emergency responders.
 
Glenn Highway: Start planning ahead for Monday if you travel into Anchorage from the Valley. Severe delays and detours will continue into next week. If you have an option to work from home, look into those plans now.
 
Merrill Field Airport: Tower is now operational
 
Shelters:
Egan Center (555 West 5th Avenue): Closing this evening. More information to come.
 
Utilities:
Sewer system: Fully operational; repairs continue
Water system: Fully operational; Quality good; Repairs continue; Precautionary boil advisory continues
For information about wells, click here: https://dec.alaska.gov/eh/pdf/dw/security-earthquake-information-for-private-well-owners-2-2-16.pdf
 
Schools:
Closed Monday and Tuesday; After-school activities cancelled
 
Health Safety Tips:
Stick to your normal routines (including mealtimes, bedtimes)
Especially, if you have children, they will feel more safe and secure with structure and routine.
Carry out small, practical tasks and count each success.
Seek social connection and support. Share your experience and feelings.
 
How adults can help children
-Talk to children and teenagers about their feelings and how they are affected.
-Use simple honest answers.
-Be prepared to discuss the same details many times.
-Let them know that adults also don't always understand why things happen.
-Do your best to be supportive, loving and predictable.
-Encourage them to engage in physical play and exercise.
 
You can also call Careline, Alaska’s statewide 24/7 crisis line which is free and confidential.
1-877-266-4357 (HELP), 24/7 or text for help at 839863
 
Pets:
-For pets: it is also important for you to stick with normal activities as much as possible. Help them to feel secure by doing what you normally do.
-Keep your pet in a secure and quiet setting, like your home.
-If you are going to walk your dog, make sure they are on a leash.
-If the unfortunate event that your pet does or has escape, check with Animal Care and
Control they can be reached by phone at 343-8122 or website www.muni.org/animal and click on lost pets for step by step guidance on how to conduct your search.
 
Communications:
The Mayor and his public safety team will giving another update at 4:30 p.m.
If you missed this morning’s update, it’s posted our FB page: www.facebook.com/APDInfo/
 
Call 911 for emergencies, 311 for non-emergencies and 211 if you need support or referrals to services in your area.
 
For non-English speakers, click this link:
www.muni.org/Pages/2018EarthquakeMutiLanguageMessage.aspx
 
Please continue to stay safe, check on friends and families!

Click on this link to review all the safety information:
https://local.nixle.com/alert/6963420/
 

Instructions:

Call 911 for emergencies, 311 for non-emergencies and 211 if you need support or referrals to services in your area.

Address/Location
Anchorage Police Department
4501 Elmore Road
Anchorage, AK 99507

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900

Alert Details

Severity:
Moderate - Possible threat to life or property
Urgency:
Immediate - Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately
Certainty:
Observed - Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Category:
Geophysical (inc. landslide)
Event:
Earthquake

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