A recent incident outside of Pullman has disrupted natural gas service to the residents of Pullman, Moscow, Lewiston, Clarkston, and the surrounding communities. This has affected household heating, hot water, and other natural gas appliances.

Most of the WSU Pullman campus has been switched to an alternative heat source and will remain open and operational. As we head into the long weekend, the Compton Union Building (CUB) and the Chinook Student Center will remain open 24 hours a day, Friday through Sunday, and will be available to anyone in the community who needs a warm place to stay. Please see the frequently asked questions below for additional details on campus operations and these facilities.

For additional information about the outage and when service will be restored, please visit the Avista Utilities website at https://www.myavista.com/outages/wp-updates.

Natural Gas Emergency Shutoff FAQs 

Q: Will food be available in the CUB and Chinook? 

A: Unfortunately, our dining centers rely heavily on natural gas to operate, so we are unable to provide food service to the community. Dining centers will remain open with limited offerings over the weekend for students. Individuals can bring drinks and snacks with them. Please remember that WSU Pullman is a tobacco-free campus, and alcohol is prohibited in both these buildings.  

Q: Will beds and bedding be available in the CUB and Chinook? 

A: Neither facility has bedding or beds/cots available. Individuals are welcome to bring bedding, sleeping bags, etc. 

Q: Are showers available on campus? 

A: The Chinook has hot water and limited shower facilities available for use. Individuals must bring their own towels and toiletries. 

Q: Can I bring my pets to the warming shelter? 

A: At this time, only service animals are allowed in the CUB and Chinook. 

Q: Where can I park on campus? 

A: Starting at 5:00 p.m. this evening, permits are not required in orange, green, yellow, red, crimson, gray, and blue zones. Payment is not required in the Smith Center Garage, Library Garage, and all AMP Hourly spaces on campus. Please note: Restricted spaces will remain in effect. These areas include disability, load/unload, service, reserved, fire zones, and specially signed areas. Please visit the Transportation Services website for a current parking map.

Q: I live in University housing and do not have heat. What should I do? 

A: Please refer to the communication you have received from WSU Housing. If you have further needs, please contact your hall or apartment staff.