utility failure emergencyOur personal, recreational and work lives have become increasingly dependent on utilities. Utility failure can include the loss of electricity, water, gas or a combination of these services. Our dependence on these resources becomes a harsh reality when they are no longer available. Sudden failures of these resources can be independent incidents or caused by another hazard.

How to prepare before it happens

  • Keep flashlights and batteries in key locations throughout your work areas.

What to do when it happens

  • Call WUPD (Danforth, West and North campuses) at 314-935-5555 or Protective Services (Medical School) at 314-362-4357 to report an outage of any kind.
  • Do not light candles or anything with an active flame.
  • Turn off or disconnect equipment that may be impacted by a sudden surge when the electricity is restored.

What to do right after it happens

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures greater than 40 degrees for two hours or more, or that has an unusual color, odor or texture.

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