Unplanned power outages occur from time to time, often due to severe weather.

Power failures should be reported to Facilities Management at (506) 364-2444.

If the power goes out:

  • Unplug unnecessary electrical equipment and appliances, including computers, in case the restoration of power causes a surge that could damage electronics and other equipment.
  • Turn off light switches. If there is too much draw on the power all at once when power is restored, it could cause another outage.
  • Use a flashlight. Do not light candles or use other kinds of flame for lighting.
  • If you are in an elevator when the power goes out, use the emergency telephone to call for assistance. Do not attempt to exit the elevator without assistance.
  • If you are in a dark workspace, determine whether or not you can move to a lighted area. If you are not able to get to a lighted area, stay where you are and call security (364-2228) or Facilities Management (364-2444) for assistance. Many cell phones now have built in flashlights that may provide enough light to assist you in reaching a hallway with emergency lighting.
  • Students living in residence should await instructions from their residence don or residence assistant.

Evacuating a building is not normally necessary unless the power failure is due to a gas leak, fire, or flooding. Fire alarms will still function during a power outage. If the fire alarm goes off, you should evacuate the building as you normally would.

Occupants of the Barclay Building should be evacuated as a precaution during a power outage as fume hoods in laboratories will cease to operate.

If you are in a lab during a power outage:

  • Secure all experiments, unplug electrical equipment, shut off research gases, and close all fume hoods and chemical containers prior to evacuating.

If occupants must be evacuated, they should follow the University’s evacuation procedures.

Emergency power
During a power outage, emergency lighting will come on in hallways and stairways for a limited amount of time.

Critical infrastructure in the residence system, such as emergency lighting and the dining hall, are powered by a back-up generator and will remain operational during a power outage.