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The guidance below is designed to keep you safe in the event of a power outage either on or off campus. Such outages can be caused by severe weather, trees coming in contact with power lines, motor vehicle accidents, equipment failure and more. Faulty wiring and equipment inside your building also can cause localized power outages.

Power outages on campus


During a power outage, U-M facilities (excluding University Housing residence halls and apartments and Michigan Medicine in-patient facilities) cannot remain occupied for more than one hour. After one hour, the building must be evacuated. Please note that emergency lighting is only designed for egress routes and stairways.

For information about whether your classes are canceled, please contact the relevant school or college.

Faculty and staff

Report the outage to U-M Facilities & Operations Services at (734) 647-2059. Then follow evacuation procedures. If you are a member of a Building Incident Response Team, assist in evacuating other building occupants.

Power outage off campus