Residents and businesses near the Stanford University campus including those in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos may hear emergency sirens as the university conducts a test of the campuswide AlertSU mass-notification and siren system on Thursday, Oct. 8, between noon and 1 p.m., according to a Stanford University Department of Public Safety official.
During the test, messages will be sent via text message and email to Stanford community members. Emergency sirens will also be activated throughout the Stanford campus, which will be audible in neighboring areas, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos, said Linda Saunders, a Public Safety administrator.
The seven sirens, which are located at various locations on the campus, will run 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, according to the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (DPS) website.
In the event of an emergency activation, "it is important to stop and listen for additional instructions," Saunders said.
"Community members should be prepared to act either by evacuating the area or by seeking shelter in a secure location," she added.
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 DPS website.
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.