Local emergency responders will be gathering at Stanford Stadium today to practice an evacuation drill and train teams for large-scale emergencies, university officials announced this morning.
A number of emergency vehicles will be present in stadium parking lots during the noon drill. No local traffic or noise impacts are expected.
"This will be a routine training exercise for event staff and first-responders, so that those who are responsible for safety at Stanford Stadium have a chance to rehearse their procedures and test scenarios. We will be simulating an evacuation environment with the assistance of many volunteers," said Chief Laura Wilson of the Stanford Department of Public Safety, which organized the exercise.
More than 300 volunteers from the local community and Stanford campus will fill stadium seats during the drill. The exercise is designed to train the more than 100 employees who serve as "red coat" hosts, seating ushers and Landmark Events staff at major events at Stanford Stadium.
Drill participants will also include Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, which will conduct an exercise to receive emergency patients.
Palo Alto police, fire and emergency communications departments, along with several other local agencies, will also participate as part of the core group of first-responders to any major emergency on the Stanford campus. Stanford and Palo Alto officials will also practice emergency communications, officials said.