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Power Outage


  • Assess the extent of the outage, and report the status to the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
  • DO NOT use candles or other types of open flame for lighting.  Instead, use flashlights.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Unplug and turn off electrical equipment (e.g. desktop computers, laboratory equipment, small appliances).
  • Check elevators to determine if anyone is trapped inside.  If so, tell passengers to stay calm, and immediately notify DPS. DO NOT attempt to force open the doors.
  • Request or wait for direction from the Building Captain, Resident Assistant, Resident Director, or DPS regarding whether to evacuate or stay in place.

 Note: During and immediately following a power outage, you may experience delays
when attempting to access doors/areas that require card entry.