Building Systems & Utility Failures

If you discover a utility failure, contact Security. Be prepared to give:

  • Building name
  • Floor
  • Room number
  • Nature of problem
  • Person to contact and phone number

Electrical Power Outage

  • If you are in an area where power has failed, call Security, providing the officer with your name, location and department. Describe the nature of the problem and any additional locations that are without power.
  • If the power failure occurs during daylight hours, open blinds and doors to maximize available outside light.
  • Yeshiva University is equipped with emergency lighting in many of our corridors, stairwells and emergency exits. If the lights are out, proceed cautiously when you evacuate.
  • If you are trapped in an elevator, remain calm and use the emergency telephone or call button.
  • Should an electrical or mechanical systems failure occur in the building, it might become necessary to evacuate the facility. Security will seek input from Facilities prior to making a decision.
  • Security personnel will advise you when to evacuate the building. If requested, evacuate the building immediately. After evacuating from the building move away from the building's entrance.

Flooding or Plumbing Condition

  • Stop all use of electric equipment.
  • Call Security
  • Call Facilities
  • Evacuate the area if necessary.

Gas Leak

  • Cease all operations and notify Security
  • Security will contact Facilities and other outside emergency response agencies if necessary.
  • To avoid sparks, leave all electrical equipment, i.e. lights, computers, appliances, etc., as is. Electrical arcing can trigger an explosion.
  • Exit the area immediately.

Elevator Malfunction

  • Elevators have mechanical safety brakes that will operate even during power failures. Elevators will stop in place and not return to ground floor.
  • If you get stuck on an elevator, push the alarm/help button for assistance. You may also call security on your personal cell phone.
  • Yeshiva University has elevator technicians assigned to each campus and they will be called to assist you. If our elevator technician’s are not available then the FDNY will be called to assist you.