December 27-29 Electrical Shutdown

no-electricity.jpegThe current electrical shutdown schedule is December 27, 2011 beginning at 6:00 a.m. with electrical power coming back up no later than the evening of December 29, 2011.

This shutdown will impact campus telephone and campus internet.

To prepare your office/the campus for the shutdown please ensure the following:

Equipment must be powered down completely prior to December 27, 2011. This means turning power completely off, including the green or orange monitor button. It is recommended to switch off power strips for an extra level of safety.
Turn off uninterruptable power supplies (UPS's) as the batteries will only carry the loads for a few hours, at best, before they are depleted and equipment shutoffs anyway.
Remove perishables and defrost refrigerators and freezers (see below for more detail).

* The December shutdown MAY impact internet services external to the campus. As a contingency, please anticipate that internet services will be unavailable for this 2-3 day period and make adjustments to online class participation, grade inputs, etc. as necessary. If service is working during this time, save your work OFTEN as we cannot guarantee the web site will operate continuously.


Refrigerators/freezers that are not on emergency power will defrost and reach ambient temperatures. Take perishables home and even consider turning off refrigeration equipment on December 22 or earlier so the morning of the 23rd any water can be cleaned up so it does not create water damage or mold and become an issue upon your return from the holiday closure.

During the shutdown:

Emergency lighting is only enough lighting to safely exit buildings and only last a couple hours. During this period of time there will be not heating, air circulation or lighting in most locations. This time was selected to minimize the impact, but for such an extensive shutdown some impacts will be unavoidable.

Unless you have a critical function to perform related to this campus work or an operation on emergency power to monitor, please do not come to campus. Most areas will be dark, cold and will not have internet or phone service, which makes it unpleasant and unsafe.

Please call the emergency hotline number for information and updates related to the status of campus electricity during this time. The number is 1-888-533-5388.

Please do not contact Police Services for general outage questions as they will be very busy monitoring campus buildings.

Thank you for your patience and support as we prepare to complete this critical work at the least impactful time for the campus as a whole. This work is critical to replace two aging 12kV substations and avoid a catastrophic failure that would take down campus electricity for a much greater period of time than this planned work.

Again, if you have any questions contact Craig Dawson at

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