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Emergency Preparedness

Utility Failure

1.     In the event of a major utility failure, immediately notify the Department of Campus Safety at X5566, which will contact the on-call Facilities Services supervisor.

2.     If an emergency exists, activate the building alarm (fire alarm) and evacuate the building.

3.     Assist those with disabilities in exiting the building! Remember that the elevators are reserved for them. Do not use elevators in case of fire.

4.     Once outside, move to your designated Emergency Assembly Point that should be at least 500 feet away from the affected building(s).

5.     Keep the walkways, fire lanes, and hydrants clear for emergency crews.

6.     A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have official business.

7.     Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a College official.

Power Failure or Electrical/Light Failure:

Note: All fire alarm systems have battery backup power
that will work for a minimum of 24 to 36 hours.



 Emergency Generation on Campus



Automatic Switching:

  • Dining Hall (entire building)
  • Campus Safety (all systems)
  • Jonsson Tower (emergency lighting only)
  • Tang Museum (emergency systems & lighting only)
  • Case Center (emergency systems & lighting only)
  • North Hall (CITS server room only)
  • New Dana (emergency systems & lighting only)
  • Zankel Music Center (emergency lighting only)


Note: Automatic switching to generator power on the loss of normal power within 30 seconds.

Individual Generators:

  • Surrey, Admissions, and Colton House - we will provide back up power for these buildings only during extended power outages and after the campus is powered up.
  • Stables- A stand alone generator will be activated to provide heat and water after the campus is situated.


Main Campus Generator Coverage:


All Residential Halls           Greenberg                                  North Hall

Art Building                       Harder Hall                                Palamountain

Barrett Center                   Heating Plant                             Sports Center

Case/Ladd                        JKB                                          Starbuck Center

Dance Theater                  Library                                      Tisch Learning Center

Filene                               New and Old Dana                      Zankel Music Center


Note: The emergency generator becomes operational only when the campus loses our power due to an outage through National Grid, not if our internal power supply is disrupted.   Facilities estimates the switch to emergency power to take one and half hours during the normal work hours and up to two hours during off hours.  At times depending on load demands, facilities may need to shut some non essential equipment down while on emergency power.  Facilities will send a campus wide voicemail with updates regarding the outage.


Note:  All buildings are equipped with stand alone lighting that should last up to 90 minutes to allow safe exiting of the buildings.  Also all fire protection systems are backed up with individual power supply’s so there is no delays in fire protection.


Facilities Services: 3/2010







































Elevator Failure

Plumbing Failure/Flooding

Serious Gas Leak

Ventilation Problem