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