UCSB Campus Electrical Outage
Saturday, September 14, 10 P.M. - Sunday, September 15, Afternoon
Southern California Edison (SCE) has identified necessary maintenance that must be performed on the power transmission systems serving the campus. This work will require a power service interruption (i.e. power outage) to the UC Santa Barbara main campus and all areas served by the campus electrical distribution system. SCE estimates it will take approximately 12 hours to complete their maintenance work. As soon as the work is completed and power has been restored to the campus, teams from UC Santa Barbara Facilities Management will begin checking and restoring building system(s) functionality (such as elevators, building mechanical systems, Metasys and lighting). We anticipate the campus will be fully operational by Sunday afternoon.
The service interruption is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019, and campus should be fully operational by the afternoon of Sunday, September 15, 2019.
For your safety, we recommend you vacate all non-residential buildings by 9 p.m. Saturday, September 14.
The planned service interruption will impact UC Santa Barbara properties and facilities only, including all main campus buildings and a number of adjacent housing and dining facilities that receive their electrical power service directly from campus. This map denotes in yellow the buildings and facilities that will be impacted by the power interruption.
Faculty housing in the Ocean Walk and West Campus developments are on a separate transmission line and will not be impacted.
If you have questions or would like to identify areas that may require special attention, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Building entrance doors that are controlled by use of an electric card reader will function as normal during the outage as they are battery operated.
- Building fire protection systems will continue to function, however, network connections from building main fire alarm panels will be unavailable for notification to UCSB Emergency Services. Building fire watch will be in place for the duration of the planned outage.
- DO NOT use elevators after 9 p.m. as they will be non-operational during the electrical outage.
- Many University buildings have emergency generators. These are designed to provide power for life safety systems and critical equipment only (i.e. fire protection systems, standby egress lighting, and medical/life support equipment).
- In most areas, electrical outlets that are on emergency power are designated by their red color.
- Several preparedness procedures for residential customers are recommended by Southern California Edison at this website, and specific to University-operated residential facilities. Please note the following:
- DO NOT use candles.
- Charge your cell phone prior to the power outage.
- Install surge protectors and/or unplug sensitive electrical equipment to help mitigate potential damage when power is restored (e.g. desktop computers, televisions/audio visual equipment, special equipment for the care of infants, elderly, or comfort pets).
- Do not begin a dishwasher cycle until power has been restored.
- Keep your refrigerator/freezer doors closed. See the section below on Refrigeration for more detail.
- It is advised that all personal office equipment be turned off prior to the beginning of the electrical outage.
- Desktop computers will not be available during the outage and should be powered down prior to the outage.
- The campus core network, Domain Name System (DNS) servers, and internet service will be available during the outage. Wireless service will remain available for a minimum of 30 minutes into the power outage. After that time, continued service will depend on the availability of generator power. Individual building network service will vary based on generator power and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) availability.
- G Suite tools (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc.) will not be impacted by the outage.
- The campus telephone system will operate on generator and battery back-up power. No disruption is anticipated.
- All blue-light emergency phones and elevator phones will remain operational. However, the respective blue light will not be powered during the outage.
- Cell sites have limited battery back-up power and may fail within two to three hours. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have confirmed their intent to bring generators to maintain their cell site services throughout the power outage. Sprint has been notified of the outage and has not indicated whether they will arrange for generator power for their sites.
- The campus radio system will operate on generator and battery back-up power. No disruption is anticipated.
- Building automated controls will be non-operational during the outage.
- Perishable items should be removed from refrigerators prior to the scheduled power outage. Avoid opening and closing refrigerators to allow units to retain temperatures. If possible, manually defrost personal refrigerators and freezers prior to the planned outage.
- Most traffic signals on campus will be without power for the duration of the planned outage. Stop signs will be placed at all campus intersections and we urge all campus community members and visitors to observe temporary traffic control provisions and drive with caution.