C.  FLOODING

Flooding in the University area will typically be the result of torrential rains or mechanical problems.  Water damage will probably be confined to ground floor area; and for short periods of time.  Accomplishment of shutdown procedures of the areas that may be affected by flooding is of primary consideration to prevent fire, explosion and electrical hazards.

Concurrently, pumping will begin as soon as water levels threaten.  Any area flooded or evacuated will be sealed off by barricades to prevent injury to students and employees; and to prevent pilferage and interference with emergency operations.

Once the dangerous conditions to students and employees have been reduced, immediate attention will be turned to minimizing the damage or loss to property and equipment by water.  Sand bags will be used where feasible to protect against flood waters.  Teams will be organized to remove student records and other SULC vital documents to safety. Damage assessment will be continually reported to the Campus Emergency Coordinator or the Emergency Operations Center.

1.      Flooding caused by pipe break, sink overflow, or other plumbing problem: 

a.    Try to identify the source of the water and turn it off if this can be done safely.

b.    If flooding is caused by pipe break, sink overflow, or other plumbing problem notify Facilities Operations.  Do not leave a voice mail message, make sure you talk with Facilities Operations staff.

c.     After hours notify University Police.

d.    Provide sufficient information (building, floor, room, degree of flooding, or potential damage due to the flooding).

2.      Flooding caused by heavy rain:

a.    If the flooding is caused by heavy rains, notify Facilities OperationsDo not leave a voice mail message; make sure you talk with Facilities Operations staff. 

b.    After business hours notify University Police.

c.     Attempt to close doors and windows to prevent water from entering, if possible and safe to do so.

d.    Focus resources on minimizing the spread of water into other areas of the building.

e.    Do not enter a flooded area until staff electricians have deactivated all electrical circuits.

3.      Protect property and equipment:

a.    Protect property and records by removing items from floors and / or covering with water resistant coverings.

b.    Unplug electrical equipment such as computers and printers, etc.

c.     After business hours, the department head or responsible individual(s) for the area affected should be notified.

d.    The department head or other responsible party should make necessary arrangements to salvage damaged movable equipment, supplies and other materials.

4.      Evacuate personnel and report additional problems:

a.    Evacuate personnel as needed. Notify University Police or utilize the fire alarm system if an immediate evacuation is required.

b.    Post a staff member at the entrance to the flooded area to keep out unauthorized personnel.

c.     Complete Damage Assessment Forms as required.

 

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