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Inclement Weather Update

Due to current weather conditions, Skidmore College will suspend operations tomorrow, Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Residence halls and the dining hall will remain open for students on campus and those who are able to return to campus on Sunday. However, all other scheduled activities have been cancelled.

Essential staff should report as scheduled. Facilities Services will continue to work throughout the storm. Read more at

Emergency Preparedness

Power Outage/Failure

1. In the event of a major utility failure, immediately notify the Department of Campus Safety at 518-580-5566, 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:

  • Campus building lighting may not provide sufficient illumination in corridors and stairs for safe exiting. It is, therefore, advisable to have a flashlight available for emergencies.
  • Emergency lighting in buildings is designed to last 30-45 minutes to allow occupants of a building sufficient time to evacuate.

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

Emergency Generation on Campus

On the loss of National Grid power, the following generator systems will automatically activate: •

  • Dining Hall Generator* automatically starts and supplies power to the Dining Hall (100%), Campus Safety, and Jonsson Tower emergency lights. Transfer occurs in less than 2 minutes.
  • Old/New Dana Science Center Generator* automatically starts and supplies power to the Dana Science center including Bolton Hall (100%). Automatic transfer to occur in less than 3 minutes.
  • Case Center Generator automatically starts and supplies power to emergency lights and the campus phone switch system. Transfer occurs in less than 3 minutes.
  • North Hall Generator* automatically starts and supplies power to the IT server room (100%) and most of the office areas in North Hall. Transfer to occur in less than 30 seconds.
  • Tang Teaching Museum Generator* automatically starts and supplies power to the Museum (<100%), but powers all HVAC systems (ensuring safe climate conditions for collections) and lighting enough to allow the building to remain operational. Transfer to occur in less than 1 minute.
  • Zankel Music Center Generator automatically starts and supplies power to emergency lights and fire systems only. Transfer to occur in 30 seconds.
  • Williamson Sports Center generator will automatically supply power to Health and Exercise Science freezers and all building lighting, until main generator or National Grid Power is restored.
  • Campus Main Generator automatically starts and supplies power to the rest of the campus buildings. Due to generator load restrictions the central chiller system is not powered. Transfer to occur in 15 to 20 minutes. If campus starts to exceed generator capacity, the system will automatically shed one of the four campus feeders (predetermined) rather than loose the whole campus.
  • Individual Generators will be provided to the Surrey, Admissions, Colton House, and the Riding Stables only during extended power outages and following the main campus being powered.

Please note that should any generator experience mechanical failure Facilities would deviate from the sequence and supply power to the most critical areas first. Note: All buildings are equipped with emergency 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 supplies so there is no delay in fire protection.

Upon return to National Grid power:

  • College Electricians will shut off the Campus Main Generator and manually restore Normal power to the campus. Transfer to occur in 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 15 to 3O minutes after the restoration to Normal power all of the (*) generators will transfer to normal power at which time the buildings will see a slight flicker in power.

Note: * Generators continue to run and supply power to those buildings even when the main generator is running to reduce the load on the main generator. On the return to normal power these * Generators will continue to run for 15 to 30 minutes before returning to normal power


 Elevator Failure

  • If you are trapped in an elevator, use the emergency phone that rings directly to Campus Safety. Stay calm and understand that elevators have a failsafe condition-the elevator cannot go into free fall.

Plumbing Failure/Flooding

  • Stop using all electrical equipment. Notify the Campus Safety Department at 518-580-5566, which will dispatch a maintenance worker. If necessary, vacate the area.

Serious Gas Leak

  • Cease all operations. Do not switch lights or any electrical equipment on or off. Remember, electrical arcing can trigger an explosion! Notify the Department of Campus Safety at 518-580-5566 immediately.

Ventilation Problem

  • If smoke odors come from the ventilation system, immediately notify the Department of Campus Safety at 518-580-5566. If necessary, cease all operations and vacate the area.