Power Outage/Energy Emergency


A power outage or energy emergency is a short-term or long-term loss of electric power to a particular area. Common causes of power outages include lightning, accidents, ice, and wind.

During a power outage
  • Do NOT call 911 solely to report a power outage. Excessive calls to the 911 system tie up the lines and prevent those with life-threatening emergencies from reaching assistance. Contact campus security with any questions. Operations will contact the power company directly for information.
  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting; avoid candles and open flames, which can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Never use an open oven or charcoal burner as a heat source.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances or other equipment in case of a momentary power surge that can damage computers and other devices.
  • Take weather into consideration (e.g., Stay in shade,and drink fluids in hot weather.).
If a power outage occurs during normal business hours (Monday-Friday)
  • The University will remain open. Business and instructional operations will continue to the extent possible.
  • If instructional quality or student safety is compromised, faculty may cancel class.
  • Campus telephones should continue to operate as normal. However, not all telephone lighting and dialing displays may be functioning.
  • Turn off lights, computer equipment, copiers, printers, and as much other equipment as possible.
  • If you are in an area with no natural light source, carefully exit the area and/or regroup in a naturally lit area.
  • Do not attempt to use elevators.
In the event of a power outage outside normal business hours
  • Notify campus security. (In Mesa, dial 0 from a campus phone or 480.219.6000 or 480.341.9075 from a non-campus phone. In Kirksville, dial 33 from a campus phone or 660.626.2380 or 660.349.9513.)
  • Remain on campus for 15 minutes in the event power is restored quickly. If power is not restored within 15 minutes, campus business may close for the remainder of the evening.
  • Remember, if the University loses power, the surrounding area may be without utilities.
  • Traffic signals and streetlights may not be operating. An intersection normally controlled by a traffic signal should be treated as a four-way stop.
  • Always stop at a darkened intersection, then proceed with caution.

Kirksville and Mesa Emergency Numbers


Security Emergency and non-emergency 
(On Campus) ext. 33
(Off Campus) 1-660-349-9513

Kirksville Police: 
(On Campus) Dial 9-911 
(Off Campus) Dial 911


Security Office: *7 from any campus phone
Switchboard : 0 
Security Phone: 480-341-9075

Security *Emergencies Only*
(On Campus) *7 from any campus phone

Mesa Police: 
(On Campus) Dial 911 
(Off Campus) Dial 911