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Utility Outages

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Electric/HVAC/Water Outages


During any utility failure, the NIST leadership team will meet to discuss campus options and communicate status to the occupants.

Campus occupants should:

  1. Call OFPM and notify them of the utility outage affecting your location.
    • Gaithersburg OFPM x6928 or 301-975-6928
    • Boulder OFPM x3191 or 303-497-3191
  2. Notify Security Dispatch of the utility outage using the non-emergency number.
    • Gaithersburg Security Dispatch x2805 or 301-975-2805
    • Boulder Security Dispatch x3530 or 303-497-3530
  3. Pay attention to your communication devices (phone, email, text) for messages.
  4. Wait for further direction from NIST leadership or until an “All Clear” is announced.
  5. Contact your supervisor for accountability purposes via phone, text, or email, if necessary. 

Additional Resources

FEMA Be Prepared for Power Outages Power-Outages

FEMA-Preparing a Home Water Supply

FDA Water Safety During Power Outages & Floods

Created February 13, 2023, Updated September 27, 2023