Inclement weather and other circumstances may occasionally cause the University of Lynchburg campus to lose power. In the event of a power failure please be aware of the answers to these commonly asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding a Power Outage
- Do we have to go to classes if the power goes out?
- What happens if I lose power in my residence hall or University house?
- If power is out on campus — how will I eat?
- What do I do if I have a disability or other need for extra assistance?
- Are flashlights available?
- Can we use candles during a power outage?
- Will the toilets work during a power outage?
- How do we know what caused the power outage?
- What if I need to get out of the dark?
- What if someone is stuck in an elevator?
The University Provost will make a determination regarding campus closings or the cancellation of classes. However, individual professors may cancel their own classes. Unless you have been notified of a campus closing or class cancellation, students are expected to attend all class sessions. Students will be notified through email, the University of Lynchburg website, LiveSafe, and other communication methods, depending on the scope of the power outage.
Please be sure to keep your phones well charged and flashlights handy if the power does go out. If your building does lose power, facilities and power company crews will begin working to restore power.
When a power outage occurs on campus, designated University officials remain in close contact with the power company until power is restored. If a prolonged outage is anticipated, an announcement will be made. If power is lost in a residence hall or apartment building, RAs notify the proper campus officials; other residents do not need to report the outage. If power is lost in a University house, one representative of the house should notify Campus Safety and Security of the power outage.
Drysdale Student Center has a generator that supplies some power in emergency outages. In the event of extended power outages across campus, students will be able to access this emergency power to charge cell phones and computers. If classes are cancelled and/or our residential facilities experience a power outage for a significant period, the Housing and Residence Life staff are prepared to implement programs throughout our residential facilities.
For information on those programs, please contact your resident assistant. AEP Power Outage Website http://outagemap.appalachianpower.com.s3.amazonaws.com/external/default.html
The Burton Dining Hall is connected to an emergency generator and is fully functional during power outages. During inclement weather, Dining Services is prepared to serve meals in the Burton Dining Room during normal hours of operations. Dining Hall: Monday through Friday 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Other campus dining locations will be open if possible, but hours may be amended from the typical schedule.
You should contact Campus Safety and Security, 434-544-5555, or use the LiveSafe app and inform them of your specific needs during a severe weather event so they may assist with your safety. In case of a severe weather event requiring evacuation, it is suggested you contact Campus Safety and Security through LiveSafe so they are aware of your location and can provide assistance as needed. Once you initiate contact through LiveSafe, Campus Safety and Security is able to message you necessary information. Download LiveSafe in the app store for iOS or Android.
Flashlights are kept in the Office of Housing and Residence Life and On Call Graduate Assistants have access to them if the power goes out. However, these flashlights will be designated for the Office of Housing and Residence Life staff. We encourage students to purchase a flashlight and ensure they have appropriate batteries for their respective lights.
Candles (torches, and all other exposed flames) are still against University policy during a power outage. The risk of causing a fire is even greater during this time.
Yes, the water system is not linked to the electrical system except to heat the water. You may flush and wash your hands during an outage but you will not have hot water.
After investigating and identifying the problem, the Physical Plant will notify the Housing and Residence Life staff, who will notify the students, if necessary.
Hallway emergency lights have battery packs which, when fully charged, will provide 90 minutes of backup light. If the emergency lights are not sufficient, the Drysdale Student Center will also be open for students during an extended power outage.
Call Campus Safety & Security! Security will call the elevator maintenance crew and/or the fire department.