NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, BAKERSFIELD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JAN. 18, 2001
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rolling power outages possible
Again, we have been advised that rolling outages are occurring in California this date. At this time, we do not know if our Block will experience an outage. We are anticipating some warning if it occurs and will forward that information as soon as possible to the campus.
In the event of a power failure, emergency lighting will come on in some buildings and fire alarms and telephones should be operational. The emergency phone system will remain operational, however the blue lights will be inoperative. Elevators will not work. If you are caught in an elevator, use the emergency phone to contact the Campus Police for assistance.
Should electrical power go out on campus, the university will continue to operate as normally as possible, considering the circumstances. If the outage occurs during the day, do not immediately evacuate your building unless there is a safety concern. Appropriate administrators will determine if and when employees should leave their work areas, taking into account the availability of light, ventilation and ease of evacuation. Safety will be the top consideration. The appropriate cabinet officer or the President will make the decision to grant Administrative Leave and will determine the length of the leave, if it is necessary to release employees from the campus. Employees must receive approval from their appropriate administrator to leave their workstations. Employees who leave their offices should take their personal items and lock the door behind them.
For staff, if the outage occurs around 3:00 p.m., cabinet officers may wish to consider having their employees stay until 4:00 p.m., then determining whether to release their employees through Administrative Leave. If the outage occurs at 4:00 p.m. then the cabinet officers could consider granting their employees Administrative Leave for the rest of the day. If the outage occurs around 5:00 p.m., classes will be canceled for that evening and staff will be released. If the outage occurs after 5:00 p.m., the campus will be evacuated for the evening.
Additionally, if power goes out around 3:00 p.m., it should return by 6:00 p.m. and classes will be held. If power is interrupted after 3:00 p.m. but prior to 5:00 p.m., the decision to hold classes that evening will be made by the Provost's Office.
If it is determined that Administrative Leave will be granted, the Office of Personnel Services shall be notified immediately with the departments involved and the time period for which the Administrative Leave was granted.
For further information regarding leave issues, please contact Personnel at 664-2111. For additional questions on potential outages, contact Campus Police at 664-2111 or Facilities Management at 664-2211.
Up-to-date information regarding campus status will be made available at 665-6666 and on local television and radio stations.