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There is currently no emergency situation at Stanford.


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Update on air quality from wildfire smoke

Air quality in the area around Stanford campuses is predicted to worsen throughout the morning as the winds turn and potentially bring smoke from the fires that continue to burn in Northern California. The problem is expected to be relatively short lived, with improvement in the afternoon, but we continue to monitor the situation as conditions remain volatile.

The best advice when smoke becomes present is to stay indoors as much as possible. Avoiding exposure to smoky air is the best step one can take. Staying hydrated and keeping windows closed also help.

While there is no general recommendation to wear masks, we understand that some people may feel more comfortable having an N95 mask available due to the conditions this week. It is important to note that masks have limitations and must be fitted properly to be effective.

Stanford employees who work outdoors can be in touch with their supervisors to obtain an N95 mask. Departments have supplies available.

In addition, the university is making N95 masks available to students, faculty and staff who wish to have one. Masks are available at the following locations during regular business hours:

  • Vaden Health Center, 866 Campus Drive
  • Environmental Health & Safety, 484 Oak Road
  • Department of Public Safety, 711 Serra Street
  • Stanford Redwood City: Desk Ambassadors in Cardinal Hall, University Hall, Discovery Hall and Academy Hall
  • SLAC: Occupational Health Center, Building 28, Room 11

You may go to any of these locations for an N95 mask and instructions for use.

We will continue to monitor the situation for any potential impacts on campus operations, and we will communicate any impacts to the university community as soon as possible. Information will be shared here and via the AlertSU system.

Monday update on wildfire smoke

Stanford health and safety officials are continuing to monitor the air quality situation due to smoke from the wildfires in Northern California.

Air quality in the immediate local area improved this morning. However, the impacts of smoke in the Bay Area have been highly localized and changeable. Rather than blanketing the entire region, the smoke so far has tended to be distributed by wind channels in very local patterns.

Currently, forecasts suggest the winds may turn once again later today and potentially direct smoke to our area in the afternoon and evening. Because fires are continuing to burn, we will continue to see the possibility of wildfire smoke in our area for several days.

The best advice when smoke becomes present is to stay indoors. Avoiding exposure to smoky air is the best step one can take. Staying hydrated and keeping windows closed also help.

While there is no general recommendation to wear masks, we understand that some people may feel more comfortable having an N95 mask available due to the conditions this week. It is important to note that masks have limitations and must be fitted properly to be effective.

Stanford employees who work outdoors can be in touch with their supervisors to obtain an N95 mask. Departments have supplies available.

In addition, the university is making N95 masks available to students, faculty and staff who wish to have one. Masks will be available at the following locations during regular business hours, beginning today:

  • Vaden Health Center, 866 Campus Drive
  • Environmental Health & Safety, 484 Oak Road
  • Department of Public Safety, 711 Serra Street
  • Stanford Redwood City: Desk Ambassadors in Cardinal Hall, University Hall, Discovery Hall and Academy Hall
  • SLAC: Occupational Health Center, Building 28, Room 11

You may go to any of these locations for an N95 mask and instructions for use.

We will continue to monitor the situation for any potential impacts on campus operations, and we will communicate any impacts to the university community as soon as possible. Information will be shared via the AlertSU system and on this page.

If local air quality worsens again, students on the main Stanford campus may want to find a study space with filtered air. Here are Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) facilities that have filtered air:

  • Arrillaga Family Dining Commons
  • Graduate Community Center
  • Munger Graduate Residence: Jacobson-Sorensen Hall main lobby
  • Crothers Hall: Taper Center
  • Crothers Hall: Crothers Memorial Meeting Room 101
  • Escondido Village, Kennedy Commons: Great Room
  • Breer Library Meeting Room
  • Florence Moore Hall: SLE lounge and classroom (open to residents only)
  • Most computer clusters within student residences (open to residents only)

Update on PG&E power shutoffs: In addition to the many people displaced by the recent wildfires, we know that many people have been coping with power outages due to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs. PG&E has said that additional shutoffs are possible tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 29). Stanford’s campuses are NOT in the area expected to be affected, but please consult PG&E’s website to determine if your home may be affected. A map is available here and an address look-up here.

Sunday evening wildfire smoke update

Air quality in the area around the main Stanford campus has worsened over the last few hours as a result of the wildfires burning in Northern California.

The best advice for this evening is to stay indoors, with windows closed, and minimize exposure to the smoky air. Drink plenty of water to help minimize potential irritation from the smoke. If you will be traveling by car, use air-recirculation mode.

For students looking for an air-conditioned space on campus this evening, these are among the options available:

  • Tresidder Union (open hours extended to midnight tonight)
  • Arrillaga Family Dining Commons
  • Graduate Community Center, Havana Room
  • Munger Graduate Residence, lobby area of Jacobson-Sorensen Hall

Wind and weather conditions are changeable, and the university will be monitoring the situation. Additional information will be available Monday if the current conditions persist or worsen. Ongoing information about wildfire smoke is available here and here on the Environmental Health & Safety website.

In addition to the many people displaced by the wildfires this weekend, we know that many people are coping with power outages due to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Stanford will be open and operating on Monday, but if you are an employee affected by a power outage, please take the steps necessary for your personal safety, and be in touch with your manager to discuss any alternate work arrangements that may be needed.

Update on power and wildfire smoke

Stanford is continuing to monitor two issues in the Bay Area – ongoing PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs and the spread of smoke from a wildfire in the North Bay. While there is no emergency at Stanford at this time, we want to keep members of the university community updated on our monitoring and preparations should the situation change.

Any emergency updates will be provided to the university community via the AlertSU system and posted on this page.

PG&E power: PG&E has indicated that it may initiate another Public Safety Power Shutoff sometime this weekend due to the arrival of strong winds in the region. At this time, Stanford’s campuses are NOT included in the areas identified by PG&E as being potentially subject to a power shutoff. PG&E’s map is available here, and a specific address look-up is available here.

Many nearby areas could be affected by a shutoff, however. If you live in one of these areas, please take the necessary preparatory actions. Employees who believe their home or children’s school could be affected by a power shutoff are encouraged to consult with their manager about any alternate work arrangements that may be needed.

Wildfire smoke: Stanford also is monitoring the potential for poor air quality due to the wildfire in Sonoma County. We are monitoring the Air Quality Index (AQI) at the nearest official reporting station, in Redwood City, through the AirNow website. This morning the AQI at that location has been in the “Moderate” range, though it is forecast to reach the lower end of the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range later today.

Environmental Health & Safety has posted additional information about its monitoring of the situation, along with guidance for protection from wildfire smoke, here and here.

In general, when wildfire smoke affects local air quality, the following steps are encouraged:

  • Limit strenuous outdoor activity where possible.
  • For more susceptible populations, including older adults, children and those with pulmomary/respiratory conditions, minimize time spent outdoors.
  • When indoors, keep windows and doors closed.
  • In vehicles, use air-recirculation mode.
  • Drink plenty of water to help minimize potential irritation.

If the situation changes: If air quality begins reaching unhealthy levels, limiting exposure is still the best step to take. However, in the event of unhealthy outdoor air conditions, N95 respirator masks will be available for members of the university community who feel they need one. To be effective, a mask needs to be fitted properly with a seal. The EH&S website has additional information about the proper use of N95 masks.

If the air quality situation deteriorates significantly this weekend, the university will provide additional information about the availability of N95 masks, suggested facilities for those seeking clean indoor air, curtailment of any university operations, and other questions. Information will be provided through the AlertSU system and posted on this website. Those attending Reunion Homecoming activities this weekend will be informed via the Reunion Homecoming app and website.

It is always recommended that those who may be particularly sensitive to smoke consult their medical provider in preparation for any wildfire smoke event. As with the power situation, we encourage managers to consider the needs of employees and have proactive discussions with employees about any alternative work arrangements needed due to health concerns.