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University Police Emergency Procedures Guide

Power Outage/Utility Failure

Power Outage

  1. If the outage is within a campus building and is an emergency, contact University Police at 989-964-4141
  2. Give your name and telephone number.
  3. Give the exact location of the area(s) experiencing a loss of power. (Building and room number if applicable)
  4. If the outage is not an emergency, notify SVSU Campus Facilities at 989-964-4080 during regular business hours (8:00 am-4:30 pm). If it is after hours, notify University Police at 989-964-4141.
  5. SVSU buildings are equipped with emergency lighting to assist individuals in safely exiting the building.
  6. Wait a few minutes for emergency power to come on and provide emergency lighting.Unplug all nonessential electrical equipment such as televisions and computers and turn light switches to the off position.
  7. A power surge may blow out lights that remain on and other equipment when power is restored.
  8. If evacuation of the building is required, assist any disabled persons by first asking how you can help.
  9. Do not use elevators.
  10. Contact Facilities Services for information regarding the sco

    A Watch is issued when severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms, tornados, flooding) is possible in and near the watch area. It does not mean that severe weather will occur. It only means it is possible.

    A Warning is issued when severe weather (e.g. thunderstorms, tornados, flooding) is occurring or imminent in the warning area.

    pe and expected duration of the outage.


If a plumbing failure or flooding occurs, cease the use of electrical equipment, and immediately contact University Police.

Ventilation Issues

Smoke or abnormal or irritating odors coming from the ventilation equipment should be immediately reported to University Police and Campus Facilities. If necessary, evacuate the area and/or the building

Power Outage in a Lab

  • Laboratory personnel should secure experiments or activities that may present a danger when electrical power is off. Also, consider what could happen if the power is unexpectedly restored.
  • Notify the lab supervisor immediately.
  • Take actions to preserve human and animal safety as well as research if possible.
  • Keep essential research refrigerators and freezers closed throughout the outage to keep them cold as possible for as long as possible.

If conditions are hazardous, call 911 immediately




Police / Parking Services
South Campus Complex A
(989) 964-4141