About Power Outages

With the help of various monitoring systems, the Utilities division is typically alerted immediately when an outage occurs. During an outage, there are specific stages that occur to assure power is restored as quickly as possible.  Most outages are resolved in the first stage.

Stage 1: 0-2 hours of outage

During this stage, technicians will respond to the outage, determine cause and begin repairs.  No notifications related to the power outage will occur during this initial stage.

Stage 2: 2-4 hours of outage

If a larger issue is identified that requires more significant repairs, utility technicians will work to identify additional assets or support needed to bring power back up. During this process, they will identify and begin switching to redundant power supply in order to bring power back where available. When outages occur after hours, Facilities staff will return to campus to assist with repairs and  a notification may be sent out campus-wide if it appears that the power will not be restored in the first half of this stage.

Stage 3: 4-8 hours of outage

Power outages that exceed 4 hours are rare. During this phase, an emergency command center will be established at Facilities Management and notification will be sent through available channels to notify the campus community of the outage.   

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If my building has a loss of power, who do I contact?
  • How long does it typically take to restore power?
  • How often do power outages happen on campus?
  • Who can tell me when power will be restored?
  • What if only my office or part of the building has lost power?
  • How do I know if it’s a tripped breaker?
  • Can I reset my breaker for my building?
  • Will I be contacted by the technician when power is restored?
  • Do I need to be onsite when power is restored to my building?
  • What happens when there is an outage after hours?
  • What is UC Davis doing to prevent outages?
  • What if the power goes out and my research is at risk?