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 Utility Failure 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Introduction
In the event of an electrical power outage, the Emergency Command Team (ECT) shall be assembled by the Administrative Duty Officer. All or portions of the Campus Emergency Resource Team (CERT) may be activated, depending on the duration, size, and scope of the outage.
In the event of partial power loss to a portion of the SRU campus, it may become necessary to shut down power to the entire SRU campus in order to restore power. It is important that all personnel that will be affected be notified of this procedure, should the need arise. The use of portable generators may need to be utilized for the protection of lab animals, freezers, or research projects that may be jeopardized by the loss of electrical power.

Procedures
In response to any electrical outage, regardless of the duration:
1) Facilities and Residence Hall staff will check all impacted buildings to ensure that there is no one trapped in any elevators.
2) Residence Life personnel will identify the possible location of all persons with known disabilities and/or other impairments in their respective building.
3) Residence Hall staff will check on all faculty, staff, and students who require the use of any electrical device for basic needs and mobility campus-wide.
4) During the outage Facilities personnel must provide timely updates and reports to the EOC as requested. These reports shall enable any affected faculty and researchers to adjust or cancel classes and protect any vulnerable research.
5) Upon the restoration of electrical power, Facilities personnel will conduct building inspections to verify that all systems are restored and functioning properly. They will also clear the building for re-entry by all persons.

Power Outage Notification
1) In the event of a major utility failure occurring during regular working hours (8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday), immediately notify the University Police along with Facilities and Planning at:
Slippery Rock University Police

Campus phone:  ext. 3333  
Public phone:  724-738-3333

Facilities and Planning

Campus phone:  ext. 6666    
Public phone:  724-738-6666

If there is potential danger to building occupants, or if the utility failure occurs after hours, weekends or holidays, notify the University Police at:

Campus phone:  ext. 3333  
Public phone:  724-738-3333

2) In the event of an electrical power outage, be aware that all residence halls, the University Union, and Aebersold Recreation Center have emergency power and lighting and therefore can be used as a staging area for affected individuals.
3) If a vapor, fume, or gas leak is apparent, leave the area immediately. Post a DO NOT ENTER sign on all doors. Be sure police are aware of the situation.
4) If an emergency exists, activate the building alarm. CAUTION: If the alarm fails to go off, report the emergency by telephone.
5) All building(s) evacuations will occur when the alarm sounds continuously and/or when an emergency exists.
ASSIST THE DISABLED IN EXITING THE BUILDING! Remember that elevators are reserved for the handicapped person’s use. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS IN CASE OF FIRE.
6) If requested, assist the emergency crews as necessary.
7) An Emergency Site Command Post (ESCP) may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the Coordination Post unless you have official business.
8) DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING until told to do so by a University Police Officer.
9) If possible check elevators to be sure no one is trapped. If people are trapped, notify the University Police.