Power Failure

In the event of a power failure, notify Facilities Services at 701-845-7708 or 701-845-7710. If stuck in an elevator, utilize the help phone to request assistance. The Power House has personnel on staff to free you from a stalled elevator.

In the event of a prolonged power outage, campus administrators will decide how to continue operations. The Power House has a generator to power the heating boilers, servers, and other critical elements. If there is a power outage during winter months, the campus buildings will remain heated by the boiler and generator system.


Authorities may decide to evacuate a specific area for your protection and the protection of others. It is important to stay calm, listen carefully and follow all instructions.

If you are told to evacuate immediately use the following instructions:

  • Take your personal belongings and medications
  • Close and lock your windows, shut off all vents, close the door and move quickly and calmly to the nearest marked exit- do not use elevators!
  • Once outside, assemble in a designated clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building for headcount and accountability. Campus administration will advise you if conditions change or when further relocation is necessary. Keep roads, fire routes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • Do not re-enter an evacuated building unless authorized to do so by the fire department, law enforcement, or VCSU President or Facilities Services Director.

Evacuation Assembly Points

Valley City State University has established an evacuation assembly point for each building. In an emergency evacuation, please exit the building and go directly to the established point.

The document below shows the assembly points and corresponding buildings.

Campus Evacuation

A widespread emergency may require an evacuation of the entire campus. Examples of such emergencies include floods, fires, and large-scale public health emergencies, such as a pandemic flu event. Remember the below terminology in order to understand a campus evacuation:

Voluntary Evacuation- Students are free to leave campus and go to a safer location. However, you may also remain on campus for the duration of the emergency if you choose.

  • Voluntary evacuations are put into effect so that you have the opportunity to leave campus if you feel unsafe, or if your parents want you to return home. If you choose to remain on campus, VCSU staff will provide general services, such as food and water, to you during the emergency.
  • Your access to the outdoors may be restricted if you choose to stay if hazardous weather occurs.

Mandatory evacuation- Students will be required to evacuate your residence hall until the campus reopens. Your Residence Assistant (RA) will conduct floor meetings to assist you with the mandatory evacuation process.

  • You MUST check out with your RA before leaving the campus and you must provide them with the location where you will reside off campus as well as contact information.
  • You may not return to campus until you are notified that campus has reopened.

**Students who cannot go home should report to the assistant housing director. The campus may provide transportation to shelters, or provided shelter in motels and/ or hotels outside the evacuation area.**

Elevator Entrapment

Regular maintenance of all elevators in university buildings is conducted to minimize the chance of failure. However, if you are in an elevator and it should fail for any reason, the elevator car will not fall, you will not run out of oxygen, and emergency lights in each car will activate for your safety. Elevators have mechanical safety brakes that should operate in all situations, even during power failures.

In the event the elevator stops operating while you are inside. Do not try to force the doors open or attempt to get out of the elevator on your own. Use the emergency call button in the elevator or personal cell phone to report situation. Give the person the following information:

  • Name of building
  • Location within the building of malfunctioning elevator
  • Where the car is stopped, if know
  • Whether a medical emergency exists for anyone inside the elevator
  • Assist other passengers in remaining calm
  • After the incident notify the building manager or facilities contact

If the elevator restarts before calling for assistance, contact VCSU Facilities Services 701-845-7708, and report the problem.

Office Information

VCSU Safety Office:

Safety Coordinator | Risk Management Contact
Jessica Frerich

Other Contacts:

Vice President for Student Affairs

Campus Nurse
Pat Egeberg

Power House
(after hours safety)