Emergency Preparedness
Loss of Electrical Power

Extreme emergencie s such as major fire, tornado, extended power outage, epidemic, etc. may require the closing of a building(s), the interruption or suspension of classes, and the relocation of hundreds or thousands of students, whether for a relatively short period (e.g., hours, next day) or for an extended period (e.g., days or weeks).

If electrical power is lost in your residence hall:
  • Call the Department of Residential Facilities Service Center at 301-314-9675; do not assume others have called
  • Stay calm; stay in your room or go to your room or other place where you feel safe and comfortable
  • Turn off and unplug computer, radio, television, refrigerator and all other personal belongings powered by electricity
  • Do not unplug your land-line telephone
  • Use a flashlight; do not light candles or otherwise cause fire or flame
  • In most situations in residence halls, electrical power should be restored in a matter of minutes or hours
  • When power is restored, check equipment that you unplugged
If a storm is approaching or you have other warning that electrical power could be lost:
  • Inform friends and neighbors and remind them of the safest places in your building to move to in the event a storm approaches campus (i.e., basement level or interior space within lower floor)
  • Listen to AM radio or television news or monitor the National Weather Service reports.
  • Save work on your laptop or personal computer, then shut down your machine and disconnect it from the walljack
  • Keep a flashlight handy
  • Unplug radio, appliances, television, etc. to avoid power surge problems
  • Avoid use of elevators (avoids being trapped in the event loss of electrical power shuts off the elevator)
  • Stay away from windows and glass