Current Status

There is currently no emergency situation at Stanford.

Emergency Hotlines

844-ALERTSU (844-253-7878)

For Emergency Assistance

Dial 911
(9-911 from campus phones)

2017 AlertSU Annual Test Notification

On Thursday, October 19, between noon-12:30 pm, Stanford University will conduct its annual test of the campus AlertSU system. Alert messages will be sent via text message and email to the Stanford community.

The test will also include activation of the outdoor warning system, which will sound an audible tone for approximately 60 seconds followed by a verbal message from each of the 7 sirens at various campus locations. The sirens will be audible throughout the campus and may also be heard in parts of the surrounding communities including Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos.

If this were a real emergency, you would be asked to follow the specific instructions in the alert message. Other avenues, which might be used to inform the community about critical incidents, include:

For more information about the AlertSU system, please visit the AlertSU FAQ page at:

Update on Air Quality

Stanford is continuing to monitor local air quality as a result of the tragic North Bay wildfires this week.

Local air quality is expected to continue to vary based on meteorological conditions. The current Bay Area Air Quality Management District forecast suggests improved air quality tomorrow and through the weekend, but the situation is changeable.

Everyone in the campus community is encouraged to take common-sense steps to provide for their health, including drinking plenty of water and limiting strenuous outdoor activity when smoke is present. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that older adults, children, and those with respiratory or cardiac conditions can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of poor air quality and should limit exposure to outdoor air.

Stanford students with pre-existing respiratory or cardiac conditions should check with Vaden Health Center if they experience any distress symptoms. Children in day care centers should have minimal outdoor activity during this period, and parents of children with pre-existing respiratory or cardiac conditions should follow the advice of their health care providers about the prevention and treatment of symptoms.

For Stanford employees, if you are unable to come to work or have concerns about your individual situation, please speak with your supervisor or human resources representative. While university operations are continuing, supervisors should provide flexibility, including alternate work arrangements or leave time if necessary, to support the health of employees. For personnel working indoors, remain indoors as much as possible during the work day. Personnel with outdoor work assignments should limit severe exertion and take more frequent breaks – indoors, if possible. Anyone experiencing health issues related to air quality should notify their supervisor or contact the Stanford EH&S Occupational Health Center.

This weekend’s Reunion Homecoming activities are proceeding. As with the campus community as a whole, Reunion Homecoming guests will be encouraged to take precautionary measures if they have health conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to smoky air.

Stanford Athletics is actively monitoring the Air Quality Index and is prepared to take the appropriate steps to protect student-athletes and fans, in accordance with Pac-12 and NCAA guidelines. At this time, all athletics competitions this weekend are expected to be played as originally scheduled. Stanford Athletics continues to evaluate the situation and will provide updates on this web page:

The university has received some questions about the use of masks. The university is not distributing masks generally for wildfire smoke abatement. Anyone with a health condition that may be exacerbated by smoke exposure should consult with their medical care provider for advice.

Further updates will be provided at, and more information about the university’s response to the North Bay fires is available at

Our thoughts continue to be with the many thousands of people in the North Bay who have been most directly impacted by these fires.

Additional resources:

For more information on Bay Area air quality levels, visit the Bay Area Air Quality Management District website:

For more information on reducing the health effects of wildfire smoke, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

The Stanford EH&S Occupational Health Center website is

Employee and Labor Relations may be contacted at

Stanford and the North Bay Fires

Additional information about Stanford’s response to this week’s devastating fires in the North Bay is available at

Further updates will be provided on this website.

Wildfire Smoke

Smoke from this week’s devastating North Bay fires has been increasing today in the Bay Area, including around the Stanford campus.

As of early afternoon, the nearest official air monitoring station, in Redwood City, measured an Air Quality Index reading of 160 for particle pollution. This placed local air quality as measured by particle pollution in the “unhealthy” category, which is designated for Air Quality Index readings between 151 and 200. However, the Air Quality Index reading for ozone stood at 19, which is within the “good” range of 0 to 50.

The public health recommendations for “unhealthy” particle pollution category levels include:

For pulmonary-sensitive groups: Avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Move activities indoors or reschedule to a time when the air quality is better.

All others: Reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Take more breaks during all outdoor activities.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a health advisory for the Bay Area, warning that “due to active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality could be impacted for many days to come. Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable. Air quality may improve at times or get worse, very quickly.”

Please take care of your personal health, and that of your family, during this period. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District also is asking Bay Area residents to curtail activities that create additional air pollution, such as driving, wood burning, lawn mowing, leaf blowing and barbecuing.

Additional resources are available here:

Bay Area Air Quality Management District:

Explanation of Air Quality Index readings and health impacts: