Traffic backed up in Eagle River (Photo by Amy Armstrong)

The Anchorage Police Department released the following press release at 1 p.m.


- APD Dispatch remains fully operational. Only call 911 for emergencies.

- Cell phone companies are advising to text message or use social media instead of calling for non-emergencies due to the extremely high volume of calls on their networks

- Anchorage is fully connected north and south.
- The Glenn Highway and the Seward Highway are open.
- Major delays and closures continue. There are major detours in certain areas due to damage such as the South Eagle River Bridge, Mirror Lake exit, Minnesota Blvd. and Indian.
- The Ted Stevens International Airport is fully operational. Check with your airlines.

- All major medical facilities are open.
- Emergency Rooms are accepting patients.

Homes and Buildings:
- Many homes and buildings are damaged including water and gas lines.
- There is a precautionary boil water advisory in place from Anchorage Water Waste and Utility

Safety Tips:
- 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

Additional safety tip links:

If you can help, please call the American Red Cross at 907-646-5401

ORIGINAL: The Anchorage Police Department is operational after this morning’s massive earthquake.

Our Dispatch center is fully staffed and answering your calls as quickly as they can. Please only call 911 if it’s an emergency.

Our officers have been dispatched throughout the area and are handling multiple situations. We are working with our public safety partners to keep you safe. For parents, we are working with our partners at the Anchorage School District to check on your children and make sure they are safe.

There is major infrastructure damage across Anchorage. Many homes and buildings are damaged. Many roads and bridges are closed. Stay off the roads if you don’t need to drive. Seek a safe shelter. Check on your surroundings and loved ones.

We will keep you updated via Nixle throughout the day.

Again, stay safe and off the roads. Call 911 only if it’s an emergency.


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