Power Interruption - November 26, 2010

Please be advised that electrical power will be turned off at 8:00 am on Friday, November 26, 2010 in the entire Academic Core, Performing Arts Center and the Health and Physical Education Complex. The interruption is intended to test the emergency generator under load. Equipment and areas served by the emergency generator are expected to be unaffected. These include elevators, lighting in staircases, emergency lighting and exit signs. Only essential personnel will be permitted on campus on Friday, November 26.

The test is expected to be 4-6 hours in duration and power is expected to be restored around 2:00 pm.

The college's telephone land lines, web site, e-mail and internet servers will all be disrupted during the power interruption, including e-mail and Blackberry mail service. Cell phones, including text messaging, will, however, not be affected. While the interruption is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am its impact on IT services will begin around 6:30 am and is expected to be restored fully by 4:00 pm.

To the extent that it is feasible to do so, it is recommended that all electrical equipment in your office or lab be turned off before you leave for the Thanksgiving Holiday as a precaution against an electrical surge when power is restored. If there is research or other equipment, animals, or perishable refrigerated items in your area that are likely to be affected by the interruption, please take the necessary precautions to minimize any potential risk of damage or loss. Please contact the Helpdesk at extension 5300 if assistance is needed to secure your lab or office equipment.

If you need to contact Public Safety in the event of an emergency, please dial (646) 483-3890 as the college's telephone land lines will not be working during the power interruption. Service to the regular Public Safety telephone number will resume in the late afternoon on November 26.

If there are specific concerns about how the interruption may affect your area, please contact Mr. Noel Gamboa at ngamboa@york.cuny.edu.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.