Major Utility Failure

  • In the event of a major utility failure (gas leak, electrical problem, etc.) immediately notify the University Police at 911. For failures during regular business hours, also call Facilities Management at (219) 464- 6864.
  • If there is potential danger to people, buildings, and/or equipment, or if the utility failure occurs after hours, on weekends or on holidays, notify University Police at 911.
  • ASSIST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN EXITING THE BUILDING! DO NOT USE ELEVATORS IN CASE OF FIRE.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area, away from the hazard and affected building. Keep walk and roadways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless directed to do so by the University Police or the building contact person.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND PROCEDURES

Always observe steps 1 and 2 above whenever the following utility emergencies arise:

Electrical/Light Failure

At present not all buildings are equipped with an emergency light system that will provide enough illumination in corridors and stairs for safe exiting. It is therefore, advisable for each campus department to have flashlights available.

Elevator Failure

If you are trapped in an elevator, use the emergency phone in the elevator to notify the Police Department. If the elevator does not have an emergency phone, turn on the emergency alarm (located on the front panel) which will signal your need for help. If you find someone trapped in an elevator, call 911 and report it to the University Police. Elevator safety is governed by code and rescues are to be made by firefighters.

Plumbing Failure/Flooding

Cease using all electrical equipment. If necessary, vacate the area. Notify University Police at 911.

Serious Gas Leak

Cease all operations. DO NOT SWITCH ON LIGHTS or ANY ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT. Electrical arcing can trigger an explosion! Vacate the area and notify University Police at 911.

Ventilation Problem

If smoke or odors come from the ventilation system, and it becomes necessary, cease all operations and vacate the area. Notify University Police at 911.