Emergency Backup Freezers

CUIMC has obtained upright, shelved -80°C freezers that are available for the research community to use during a freezer failure while their freezer is being repaired or replaced. Full details regarding the emergency freezer program, remote freezer monitoring, and freezer exchange programs are available on the VP&S Research Intranet.

In the event of a freezer failure:

  • Contact CU Facilities Compliance to request access to a backup freezer at 212-305-8100 via Public Safety. Provide the name, UNI, and contact number of the lab manager responsible and the location of the failed freezer.
  • Follow-up with an email (24/7) to yw2366@cumc.columbia.edu as soon as possible
  • Contact yw2366@cumc.columbia.edu with any additional questions

Additional information:

  • Only one contingency freezer may be used at one time per lab with the understanding that a freezer may be shared with another lab.
  • Hazardous materials (e.g. radioactive samples) may not be stored in any contingency freezer.
  • A freezer may be used for one month while the lab’s failed freezer is repaired or replaced. After one month, the department will be charged for use.
  • The lab staff is responsible for packing, labeling, and transporting materials to the freezer.
  • If you have any difficulty with access, please notify the VP&S Office for Research by emailing ps-officeforresearch@cumc.columbia.edu.