Power failure

Non-emergency situation

  • Loss of power supply to a campus may be of a temporary nature or may be more prolonged. In the early stages, the possible duration of the loss will be uncertain.
  • Critical areas on each campus have either backup emergency generators or UPS. However most offices, public areas and teaching spaces do not have back up arrangements in place.
  • If is safe to do so you should isolate sensitive electrical equipment, as power surges could be experienced before sustainable power is restored.
  • You should remain where you are until someone in authority provides advice or directions.
  • If the power supply is likely to be interrupted for a period of more than twenty minutes, runners will be dispatched to each building to advise on the situation.
  • Where power supply is likely to be interrupted for a prolonged period, an evacuation of the building may be required. Instructions for a non-emergency evacuation will usually be relayed in person.
  • For a non-emergency evacuation, you should leave the building as soon as possible, taking personal possessions, urgent work, etc with you. Shut down any non essential/surge sensitive equipment, close windows and lock doors as you leave.
  • VOIP phones will not operate during a power failure. If you need to make an  emergency call, emergency phones are being installed on each floor within buildings with VOIP phones.
  • You should be prepared for the eventuality to not return to the building for the rest of the working day.
  • If trapped in a lift during a power failure, remain calm and use the emergency phone/intercom located within the lift. If this call is unanswered and a mobile phone is to hand, call the emergency contact number for your campus.

Emergency situation

  • Should an emergency evacuation be required, the evacuation alert will be sounded and you should evacuate as for any other emergency.