Emergency Response Guide

Utility Failure

In the event of a power outage:

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Remain where you are.
  3. If you are in an unlighted area, move cautiously to an area that has emergency lights.
  4. If telephones are working, call University Police at 715-425-3133.
  5. If directed to evacuate, assist people with disabilities and go to the designated assembly area (see fire procedures).
  6. Wait for further instructions from University Police.
  7. If you are in an elevator, it will stop.  Stay calm.  Use the intercom or emergency button/phone to alert University Police.  Some campus elevators will go to the lowest floor and the doors will open, exit the elevator immediately.

In the event of an extended power outage:

  1. Unnecessary electrical equipment and appliances should be switched off in the event that power restoration would surge and cause damage to electronics and affect sensitive equipment.
  2. During freezing temperatures, Facilities Management will monitor lines to fire sprinkler systems, standpipes, potable water, and toilets, they may need to be turned off and drained by that department.
  3. Equipment that contains fluids that may freeze due to long-term exposure to freezing temperatures should be moved to heated areas, drained of liquids, or provided with auxiliary heat sources.  Contact Facilities Management if assistance is needed.


Upon restoration of heat and power

  1. Electronic equipment should be brought up to ambient temperatures before energizing to prevent condensation from forming on circuitry.
  2. Facilities Management will check fire and potable water piping for leaks from freeze damage after the heat has been restored to the facility and water turned back on.