Power Outage Prevention and Response
Blackouts and power outages frequently occur during the summer months when high numbers of people and businesses are operating air cooling systems simultaneously thus overwhelming the power grid and causing shutdowns. A power outage could possibly occur at LIM College. All LIM College Buildings have backup generators that allow emergency systems such as exit signs and stairway lighting to continue to function; however full electrical functions will remain off line until the power company resolves the outage problem. Therefore, it is best to be prepared for a power outage while at LIM College.
If you are in a LIM College Building during a power outage:
- Remain calm, and stay where you are
- Evacuate only if instructed to do so by emergency personnel or College officials
- Turn off all electrical devices such as computers. Damage can occur once power is restored.
- Return chemicals to their proper storage place
- Opening windows and doors as appropriate
- During a power outage, cell phone towers may be inoperable or overwhelmed. Try sending text messages instead of making calls.
In the event of a power outage, elevators are programmed to return to the main floor and the doors will open. If an entrapment does occur, follow the instructions below:
- Remain calm
- Do not attempt to open the elevator door by shaking, jarring, or prying open the elevator door unless directed to do so by emergency personnel
- Notify the building personnel using the phone in the elevator or by calling 911
- Additionally, call the LIM College Emergency Line at (212) 310-0660
- Emergency responders and building personnel will respond
Preparing for a Power Outage
- Keep the following emergency supplies on hand:
- Disposable batteries
- A three-day supply of food and water
- An external Cell Phone Charger (optional)
Tips for Conserving Power
- Keep shades and window curtains closed during the day to keep out sunlight and hot air, and open windows at night to let in cooler air
- Set your air conditioner to low (or around 78 degrees), especially when you’re not home
- Turn off appliances and devices when not in use, such as lights, computers, televisions, and fans
- Run large appliances (such as washers, dryers and dishwashers) during off-peak hours when overall energy use is low. Off-peak hours are typically nights and weekends.
*For more information about Power Outage Preparedness, check out the Red Cross Preparedness Website: