Stanford University

Emergency Information

During an emergency, access to timely and accurate information is essential. The Stanford emergency team strives to provide ongoing incident updates whenever possible.

The procedures below outline different ways to obtain information about emergencies and incidents affecting the campus.


AlertSU is Stanford University’s emergency notification strategy used to communicate time-sensitive information during an emergency event affecting campus. The nature of the incident will determine which of the following methods will be employed to alert the campus community:

Mass Notification System

Registered members of the Stanford community can receive messages via SMS text message, email, and/or phone. For more information, visit the AlertSU Website.

Outdoor Warning System

The outdoor warning system incorporates seven sirens throughout main campus, which can emit alert tones and verbal instructions to people who are outside during an emergency.

Emergency Website

The Stanford emergency website is periodically updated by staff members. Alerts sent through the mass notification system are automatically posted to the emergency website, which anyone can access.

Emergency Information Hotlines

  • The main information line for the University is (650) 725-5555.
  • The Out of Area information line can be reached at (844) 253-7878.
  • From abroad, call 01-602-241-6769.
  • The Stanford Health Care information line is (650) 498-8888.
  • The Stanford Linear Accelerator information line is (877) 447-7522.

Stanford Facebook or Twitter accounts

The News Service staff will post updates on Twitter and/or Facebook as deemed appropriate.


KZSU FM 90.1 is the campus-run radio station. It will have emergency reports during major emergencies on campus.

For further information about the emergency information systems on campus, email


The following departments have established hotlines for staff to get information about specific schools or business units. Staff are directed to call the local hotlines below.

Alumni & Development Offices (650) 724-5519
Athletics (650) 723-6893
Business Affairs (650) 498-2880
Dean of Research (650) 724-7144
Department of Public Safety In an emergency dial 911, from a campus phone dial 9-911,

for 24/7 non emergencies (650) 329-2413

Engineering (650) 725-1619
Environment Health & Safety (650) 723-0448
Graduate School of Business (650) 723-2255
Graduate School of Education (650) 723-2109
Hoover Institution (650) 723-9900
Information Technology Services (650) 723-7000
Land, Buildings & Real Estate (650) 725-2200
Law School (650) 723-2465
Libraries (650) 725-8333
President & Provost Offices (650) 723-7760
Residential & Dining Enterprises (650) 735-6005
School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (650) 725-1339
School of Humanities & Sciences (650) 725-2555
School of Medicine (650) 723-7233 (3-SAFE)
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (877) 447-SLAC (7522)
Stanford Campus Residential Leaseholders (650) 725-8963
Stanford Management Company no hotline #
Student Affairs (650) 736-0411
Vaden Health Center (650) 724-6800
SCPD (650) 721-7924‬

Emergency Alert System

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to allow the president to address the American public during a national emergency. The system may also be used by state and local authorities to deliver emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather warnings, for targeted areas.

Follow reports on area “Emergency Alert System” radio stations (e.g. KCBS 740 AM or KGO 810 AM) and television stations.

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