The IT Department would like to remind you that we live in New England where winter storms can cause power outages. These outages can sometime create problems in electronic equipment. Please take steps to minimize any problems, and as an added bonus they will help us conserve energy!
Please remember to do the following before you leave for break. Need help to remember? Put a sticky note on your door, coat, bag or another place you will see it as you go to leave.
We would like you to turn OFF and UNPLUG power on all computers, monitors, printers, copiers, external drives and other large electronic equipment prior to leaving. This is to protect them from electrical damage during any outages, power surges, or when power is restored. To simplify the process, if several devices (e.g. monitor, computer, printer) are connected to a power strip, just unplug the power strip, not each device.
We would like you to do this even if you have power strips on all of your major equipment. The reasoning is because not all power strips are surge protectors, or they may not offer enough protection for all the equipment plugged into them. We understand that not everyone will be able to physically unplug all of the equipment for one reason or another. In those cases, devices should be powered off completely and not left in a sleep or low power mode.
A special note about refrigerators. Do not unplug them, but remember that if you have ice built up in the freezer portion, it may melt and leak out on the floor during an extended outage. Please make sure there are no electronics or other items nearby that may get damaged. You may want to consider placing a towel or something under the door to absorb any leaking.
We have generators and back up power to keep the servers and some network equipment running so off campus access to most systems are not effected by outages unless the outage is significant or extensive.
Thank you for your assistance. If you have questions concerning the protection of your computers and other equipment, please contact the IT helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.