(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Division of Facilities Services continues to conduct safety assessments at state and public owned facilities in locations affected by Friday’s 7.0 earthquake.
Approximately 123 facilities have been identified for assessment, and at this time approximately 60 assessments are complete. Assessments on critical state facilities have been completed or are scheduled for completion in the next two days.
Immediately after the incident, Facilities Services began assessing critical facilities, these are facilities that house people and operate around the clock, such as McLaughlin Youth Center and Alaska Psychiatric Institute.
As assessments continue, the division is using a combination of state trained engineers and contracted consultant architects and engineers, and anticipates additional support from agencies and organizations outside of the state.
No one should enter buildings that have not been assessed. Buildings that have been assessed are clearly marked with a placard indicating the results of the inspection. After completing assessments, repair work begins.
For employees returning to work in state owned facilities that were damaged by the earthquake, these FAQs can help answer questions.
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The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 33 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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