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What to Do During a Rolling Blackout

Learn how to cope if UCSD experiences involuntary short-term power outages (called "rolling blackouts") due to the state's energy crisis.

During a rolling blackout, you can help in the following ways:

  • Turn off any equipment that was still in service to avoid power surges when service is restored. Leave a task light turned on so that you can determine when service is restored.
  • Do not use candles for illumination; these are fire hazards. Use battery flashlights and lamps instead.
  • During a declared Stage 3 alert, avoid using elevators when possible. If you are in an elevator during an outage, use the emergency phone to notify building maintenance staff of your situation. Remain calm and remember that this is a limited duration event. Do not try to climb out of the elevator.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel. Remember that traffic signals may go out of service, resulting in traffic jams and unusually hazardous situations.

Note: Unless other instructions have been issued, it's safest for students, faculty, and staff to stay on campus if possible during a rolling blackout. During business hours, staff should follow the steps of your Emergency Response Plan and leave the workplace only if authorized by a supervisor. Although loss of electrical service may compromise campus operations, it is expected that some functions can be continued, and staff efforts should be directed toward these.

Essential staff members are required to remain on campus and are expected to be available for emergency response.

Remember that:

  • Outages under a Stage 3 alert are limited in duration, lasting little more than an hour.
  • They involve the minimum amount of interruption to service necessary to preserve the overall operation of UCSD's power system.
  • Any conservation measures you can implement during this period will ease the load on the system and minimize the depth and duration of outages in other parts of the state.