One of the largest power outages in North American history occurred on August 14, 2003, leaving roughly 50 million people without power.*
In the event of a campus-wide outage, Tufts has emergency generators that will immediately provide power to limited areas on campus. To report a minor, localized power outage, call Facilities Services:
Keep flashlights and batteries at easily accessible locations throughout your work areas and/or residence.
In case of a major, campus-wide power outage:
If people are trapped in an elevator:
University administrators will notify the university community in case of water or sewer failure.
A Boil Water Advisory or a Boil Water Order might be issued by public officials due to a water or sewer failure OR due to a water-borne disease outbreak.
If you smell the “rotten egg” smell of gas OR hear blowing or hissing noise:
An individual exposed to natural gas for a prolonged period of time might experience the following symptoms: dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headache, and irregular breathing. Exposure to extremely high levels of natural gas can cause loss of consciousness or even death.
Communications networks may fail due to technological malfunction, or may be damaged or overwhelmed during a disaster.
Data network incidents and failure:
Phone network incidents and failure:
In case of emergency call 617.627.6911 (x66911 from a campus phone). Fire on the Boston health sciences and SMFA campuses call 911. Visit the University Police website for a complete list of campus-specific phone numbers.