Power Outage

Power outages often accompany emergencies such as severe weather or floods. An outage can last for minutes or days. 

In a power outage

  • Call the University Control Centre (780-492-5555)
  • Stop work and turn off non-essential equipment (e.g., small appliances, computers, printers, etc.) to facilitate re-energizing of buildings
  • Keep heat in by keeping doors closed
  • If safety is a concern, exit the building: Do not use elevators and assist others as required
  • Turn off light switches and small appliances as you leave in case the power is restored

In a water outage

  • Call the University Control Centre (780-492-5555)
  • Conserve water
  • Do not drink nonpotable water

If you are in a laboratory at the time of an outage

  • Turn off heat sources, secure chemicals, and close fume hood sash
  • Keep refrigerator or freezer door closed

If you are trapped in an elevator

  • Try to stay calm
  • Use the elevator phone or your personal device to call the Control Centre (780-492-5555), Protective Services (780-492-5050), or the elevator company
  • Do not attempt to open the doors or the roof panel
  • Wait for emergency responders

Be prepared for an outage

  • Make a point of identifying evacuation routes and muster points