Stanford University will conduct a test of the campuswide AlertSU mass-notification and siren system on Thursday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1 p.m., according to a Stanford University Department of Public Safety official.
Messages will be sent via text message and email to members of the Stanford community. The test will also feature the activation of emergency sirens throughout the Stanford campus. The sirens will likely be audible in neighboring areas, including Palo Alto and Menlo Park, said Linda Saunders, a Public Safety administrator.
Stanford uses multiple methods to notify and communicate emergency information, including a mass-notification system that sends messages via text, email and/or phone to members of the Stanford community, and an outdoor warning system composed of seven sirens throughout the campus, according to the Stanford University Department of Public Safety website.
At the time of the test, the sirens will sound for approximately 60 seconds followed by a verbal message, Saunders said.
There are only 10 people including the university president, the director of the Stanford News Service and the executive director of IT services who are qualified to send messages.
Stanford is required by federal law to issue timely warnings whenever crimes specified in the federal Clery Act occur on campus or in the surrounding area. The purpose of the warning system is to alert the community to incidents and provide information on precautions people can take to keep themselves safe, according to the website.
In the event of an emergency activation, individuals on campus should follow the directions of the AlertSU messages unless doing so will place them in greater harm.
"When you become aware of a warning, make sure others around you are also aware of the potential danger. Do not respond to the scene of an emergency unless directed to do so. In addition to the possibility of becoming injured, your presence could interfere with the work of emergency response personnel," the website states.
If the sirens are activated, it is important to stop and listen for additional instructions; community members should be prepared to act either by evacuating the area or by seeking shelter in a secure location, Saunders added.
For more information on the university's AlertSU notification system, or to sign up for emergency alerts, visit the Stanford University Department of Public Safety website.