Department ofEnvironmental, Health, Safety & Emergency Programs

Report Failures

During business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), report gas, power, water, sewer, and elevator failures to Facilities Management at 253-535-7380.

Report telecommunication failures to the Telecommunications Help Desk at 253-535-7525.

Report all card access failures and utility failures during non-business hours to Campus Safety at 253-535-7911.

Building Evacuation

Campus Safety may evacuate the building based on a safety assessment (time of day, building and weather conditions, how localized or widespread is the outage).

Power Outage or Electrical Failure

Have a flashlight and extra batteries available. Emergency lighting may activate during a power outage. It will last about 20 minutes and is intended to assist with evacuation.

Turn off computer equipment to prevent damage when the power is restored.

If there is an electrical short in a piece of equipment, shut off electricity or pull the plug.

Elevator Failure

If you are trapped in an elevator, use the emergency phone in the elevator to notify Campus Safety. If outside a stalled elevator, tell the people inside that help is being summoned. Then call 253-535-7911. Stay with the trapped persons until help arrives.

Plumbing or Sewer Failure/Flooding

Shut off water and/or contain flooding, if possible. Shut off and unplug all electrical equipment. Vacate and secure the flooded area. Wash immediately, if you have been splashed with sewer water.

Gas Leak

Warn others. Evacuate and secure area. Eliminate sources of flame or spark. DO NOT SWITCH ON/OFF LIGHTS OR ANY EQUIPMENT. Electrical arcing can trigger an explosion!


Be aware that a telephone system failure may prevent dialing 9-911 from campus phones. Please report incidents in person to Campus Safety located in Harstad Hall.

Card Access

Door locks will default to the locked position. Contact Campus Safety for access.