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Emergency Procedures: Power Outage

GENERAL TIPS

  • Remain calm, and stay where you are
  • Evacuate ONLY if instructed to do so by emergency personnel or supervisor

Call USC Police at 911 (emergency) or 803-777-4215 (non-emergency) depending on the situation and tell the dispatcher:

  • Your location
  • What areas are affected by the power outage
  • How long the power has been out
  • Any significant water damage, flooding, gas leak, or any other major utility failure
  • Any injuries

  • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher

  • Turn off all electrical devices such as computers
  • Damage can occur once power is restored
  • Laboratory personnel should secure all experiments and unplug electrical equipment before leaving
  • All chemicals should be returned to their proper storage place
  • Provide appropriate ventilation by opening all windows and doors
  • Evacuate immediately if you are unable to provide appropriate ventilation for chemicals; call USC Police
  • DO NOT open cold-rooms, refrigerators, or other temperature-sensitive areas

DO NOT USE ELEVATORS
If caught inside an elevator during a power outage:

  • Remain calm
  • DO NOT attempt to open the elevator door by shaking, jarring, or prying open the elevator door unless directed to do so by emergency personnel

Press the emergency button or call USC Police at 911 and tell the dispatcher:

  • Your location
  • What floor you are near
  • Any injuries

  • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher
 
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