Heat wave tips and respite areas available

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for much of California, beginning Saturday morning and continuing through Tuesday evening.

While the regional heat wave will most severely impact inland areas of the state, the potential for widespread strain on the power grid has resulted in a State of Emergency declaration for the California power grid, including a warning of the possibility of rolling blackouts. While rolling blackouts are possible, this is unlikely to affect campus, barring a very large-scale grid event.

University staff are taking measures to prepare campus for this coming heat wave and will remain informed on potential impacts to campus. You are encouraged to take steps to prepare – whether you are on campus or elsewhere.

Prepare for power outages

  • Keep your cellular phone and electronic devices charged, have a solar charger or backup battery handy.
  • Have battery operated flashlights ready, do not use candles as they are not permitted in student residences due to their inherent fire hazard.
  • Know evacuation routes from your residence, office or laboratory. Know how to locate the nearest exit.
  • Unplug or turn off personal electric and heat-producing appliances and equipment that could be a fire hazard when power is restored.
  • Place extra ice packs in your freezer to preserve food, a full freezer will stay cold longer.

For additional guidance on power outages at Stanford, visit https://cardinalready.stanford.edu/emergency/power-outage/
For general outage information and to register for outage alerts where you live and work, visit https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/

Conserve electricity – particularly during the hours of 4 to 9 p.m. when the power grid is stressed the most.

  • Pre-cool your home, charge electric vehicles and run appliances early in the day
  • Set thermostat to 78°F or higher if health permits
  • Avoid using major appliances where possible
  • Turn off unnecessary lights
  • Use fans for cooling
  • Unplug unused personal items

Learn more about California Flex Alerts and sign up for notifications at https://www.flexalert.org/

Stay safe in the heat

  • Drink plenty of water and fluids with electrolytes. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar, as they contribute to dehydration.
  • Limit physical activity – avoid activity during the hottest time of the day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wear cool clothing – lightweight, light, colored, and loose-fitting clothing can help keep you cool.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen when outdoors
  • Rest often in shade areas – find shade to cool down when outdoors
  • Check on frail, elderly or at risk family, friends, and neighbors
  • During peak heat hours, stay in an air conditioned area, whenever possible

In the event of a power outage or other emergency at Stanford, visit emergency.stanford.edu for updates.