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Department of Public Safety

Procedures for responding to power and water outages are divided into two sections: Individual Response and Institutional Response:

Individual Response

    1. Call the MACU Police Department to report any room, building, or campus power or water outage, at (405) 692-3100 or 711 from a University phone.

    2. Note: College phones are equipped with an emergency power source to provide backup communications for up to 2 hours. If the College telephones fail, use cell phones or pay phones to report outage to the MACU Police Department at 405-692-3100.

    3. While we do want you to call the MACU Police Department to report an outage, please do not call The MACU Police Department to ask how the power or water outage occurred or when it will be restored. Keep telephone lines to the MACU Police Department clear for emergency calls and other needs related to outages.

    4. For power outages:

 If you are on the first floor and have sufficient daylight to continue working safely, you should do so. If you do not have sufficient daylight to continue working safely, or if you are instructed to do so by the MACU Police Department, move to an exit with natural light or to an outside location, weather permitting.

      1.  2.     If you are on the second floor when the outage occurs, take the stairs, not the elevator, and move to the first floor near an exit with natural light or to an outside location, weather permitting.
      2.  3.    If you are in a shop or lab, turn off any gas burners or equipment which, if unattended when power is suddenly restored, might pose a danger.
      3.  4.    As you leave your work site, take your essential personal possessions and lock your office or room door.
      4.  5.    Assist anyone requiring help, and do not use elevators. If you are in an elevator during a power outage, call the MACU Police Department by using the telephone inside the elevator. Remain calm, and the MACU Police Department or Facilities Management will respond to your location and provide assistance. If you are aware of others trapped in an elevator, also contact The MACU Police Department  immediately
      5. 6.    Emergency lighting should provide about 15 minutes of light for you to move safely to another location. Emergency lighting is provided by battery backup (not generators) and will generally provide only enough illumination to exit the immediate area. If the lighting is not sufficient, phone the MACU Police Department and wait for an escort.
      6. 7.    If you move to an outside location, assemble with your co-workers in one area so that supervisors can account for everyone. Instructors should follow the same procedure with their classes: assemble all students from a given class in one area in order to account for everyone. If any employee or student is not accounted for, notify the MACU Police Department.
      7. 8.     Remain in the evacuation area until the MACU Police Department, or a designee, indicates that you may return to your work site.

 

Institutional Response

    1. Once the MACU Police Department is alerted to a power or water outage, the department will in turn notify Facilities Management and the Chief Administration Officer.

    2. The MACU Police Department and Facilities Management personnel shall survey the campus to determine the extent of the outage and, if possible, to identify the source of the failure. Note that outages may encompass an entire campus and surrounding community, or locally affect only portions of a building.

    3. Facilities Management shall notify the Chief Administration Officer and the MACU Police Department of the results of its survey of the outage and, if possible, provide an estimate of the time required to restore services.

    4. Facilities Management will repair any outages that can be identified, and that it has the equipment, expertise and authority to repair in a timely manner.

    5. If the source of the outage cannot be identified, or if repairing the outage is beyond the scope or authority of the University to repair in a timely way, Facilities Management shall notify the utility company or the appropriate contractor.

    6. Facilities Management shall serve as the University’s liaison to the utility company or the appropriate contractor. As the utility company or the appropriate contractor makes repairs, Facilities Management shall keep both the Chief Administration Officer and the MACU Police Department appraised of repairs as they progress, including any revised estimates of the duration of the outage.

    7. Except in emergencies or situations requiring evacuation, only the President or his/her designee shall have the authority to cancel classes or adjust the times at which they end or resume. The MACU Vice President for Strategic Communications will communicate relevant decisions to the University and the media.