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CORRECTION: Inadvertent posting

ALERTSU: A test message was inadvertently posted around noon regarding air quality on campus. Please disregard.

Poor air quality in Bay Area

Smoke from wildfires is affecting air quality and visibility in the Bay Area. Smoke conditions are fluctuating but at times have been creating an unhealthy atmosphere for outdoor activities for some groups. Please take precautions for your personal health as appropriate. A full set of information and resources is available on the Environmental Health & Safety website at https://ehs.stanford.edu/wildfire-smoke.

You can find the latest air quality readings, as measured at the nearest official monitoring station, at the airnow.gov website, with the current reading for Stanford here.

Poor air quality persists in Bay Area

Smoke from wildfires is continuing to affect air quality and visibility in the Bay Area. Smoke conditions are fluctuating but at many times have been creating an unhealthy atmosphere for outdoor activities. Please take precautions for your personal health as appropriate. A full set of information and resources is available on the Environmental Health & Safety website at https://ehs.stanford.edu/wildfire-smoke.

You can find the latest air quality readings, as measured at the nearest official monitoring station, at the airnow.gov website, with the current reading for Stanford here.

Resources on wildfire smoke, air quality

Smoke from wildfires is continuing to affect air quality and visibility in the Bay Area. Current smoke conditions are mostly high in the atmosphere, blocking sunlight, not low to the ground. Please continue to take precautions for your personal health as appropriate. A full set of information and resources is available on the Environmental Health & Safety website at https://ehs.stanford.edu/wildfire-smoke.

You can find the latest air quality readings on the ground, as measured at the nearest official monitoring station, at the airnow.gov website, with the current reading for Stanford here.

Power restored to Beckman Center

Regular power has been restored to the Beckman Center following Monday’s power outage and electrical fire.

Power restored to most buildings

Power has been restored to most buildings affected by the power outage reported earlier, except for the Beckman Center, where fire crews responded to an electrical fire believed to be associated with the outage.

The fire, in a basement room, was extinguished by the Palo Alto Fire Department. No injuries were reported; a small number of people evacuated the building. The cause of the fire and power outage has not been determined.

There is no estimated time for regular power to be restored to the Beckman Center. Updates will be posted to this page when available.

Power outage affects several campus buildings

A power outage that began late Monday morning is affecting several buildings on the main Stanford campus.

University teams have responded and are investigating the cause of the outage. There is currently no estimated time for power restoration.

Affected facilities include those listed below:

Graduate School of Business
Schwab Residential Center
Paul Allen Center
RAF2
Gates Computer Science
Beckman Center

Residents of the Schwab Residential Center who have questions or immediate needs should be in touch with the front desk. Updates will be available on this page.

Update from President Tessier-Lavigne on wildfires, air quality, power supply

Dear Stanford community,

As those of you here in the Bay Area are all too aware, wildfires, poor air quality, unpredictable weather and power grid challenges are continuing to affect our region. I am writing this weekend to share some brief updates on these issues with all of you.

First and most importantly, the thoughts of our Stanford community continue to be with everyone affected by the wildfires across California, including those in our community who have been evacuated from fire areas such as the CZU Lightning Complex in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the SCU Lightning Complex to the east and south.

Stanford is working to support our employees who have been affected by the fires, and we have reached out to more than 1,000 employees who are either in the affected areas or live nearby. If you need assistance, please be in touch: Contact your HR manager or supervisor and let them know what resources you may need. We are continuing to work on additional ways of extending support to those who have been displaced by these terrible fires. Additional information related to the fires is available on the Cardinal at Work website.

As a result of the fires, air quality in the area around Stanford has continued to fluctuate this weekend. Please continue to follow the guidance shared via AlertSU last week to protect your health when the local air quality deteriorates. This guidance is on emergency.stanford.edu, and details and training materials are available from Stanford Environmental Health & Safety at https://ehs.stanford.edu/topic/general-workplace-safety/protection-from-wildfire-smoke. Official air quality readings for the local area are available at airnow.gov.

The National Weather Service is warning of the potential for thunderstorms later today and Monday, with gusty winds and lightning that could spark new wildfires. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Bay Area. Given the effects of last week’s storm, we want to be prepared, including with respect to the potential for power outages.

As brief background, electricity is delivered to the main Stanford campus from PG&E through two major transmission lines. One of these lines runs through the Santa Cruz Mountains. PG&E has said that it currently does not expect to initiate Public Safety Power Shutoffs due to the incoming weather system, and we are not anticipating any power interruptions at Stanford. However, based on the unpredictability of the wildfire and weather situation, we want to share general precautionary information about the potential effects of power supply disruption.

If Stanford receives advance notice of a power disruption, we will notify you through the AlertSU system. But power supply also can be affected with little or no advance notice. Land, Buildings & Real Estate has posted on the web a document that summarizes its Electrical Curtailment Plan in the event of a power supply interruption. We especially encourage building managers and those responsible for sensitive laboratory research or equipment to review this information and take any precautions.

The document illustrates how a loss of power supply could produce effects on building cooling systems on the main campus equivalent to a Stage 3 or Stage 4 Chilled Water Curtailment, depending on the amount of advance notice we receive. Some campus facilities would retain power and cooling to support life safety and critical operations. The document also provides tips for preparing for such a scenario. In the event of an extended outage, Residential & Dining Enterprises also has contingency plans to continue providing meal service for students and to support students living in campus housing.

Again, we are hopeful that it will not be necessary to act on this information, but we provide it in case it is. We will continue to keep you informed of any developments as they arise.

I am grateful to the many people across our university who are working tirelessly to support our students, faculty, staff and postdocs through the multiple challenges of these days. Thank you for all you are doing for Stanford, and for the care and concern you are extending to one another.

Sincerely,

Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Wildfire smoke: Take precautions; Dish closed

Wildfire smoke continues to be present in the area around Stanford today. As posted by airnow.gov, the nearest official reporting station in Redwood City had an Air Quality Index reading of 164 this morning, which is in the lower end of the Unhealthy range.

We do not have a forecast for the coming days, though smoke is likely to persist in the area at variable rates. Numerous wildfires are currently burning in the Bay Area, the closest to Stanford being a series of fires in southern San Mateo County and northern Santa Cruz County collectively named the “CZU August Lightning Complex” fires.

We know the high heat, smoke and continuing effects of the pandemic together pose additional challenges for members of our community. We offer the following information:

HEALTH GUIDANCE: The airnow.gov website provides recommendations on steps you should take at different Air Quality Index readings. In the “Unhealthy” range, sensitive groups are advised to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion, and to consider moving activities indoors or rescheduling them. Everyone else is encouraged to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion and to take more breaks during outdoor activities.

STUDENTS ON CAMPUS: In general, please consider staying indoors to the greatest extent possible due to the heat and smoke. Drink plenty of water. Contact Vaden Health Services if you have a health condition that needs attention due to the heat and smoke.

EH&S INFORMATION: Tips and training related to wildfire smoke are available from Stanford Environmental Health & Safety at https://ehs.stanford.edu/topic/general-workplace-safety/protection-from-wildfire-smoke. Supervisors should consult this information to provide for the needs of employees during a wildfire smoke event.

DISH CLOSURE: Due to the poor air quality, the Dish Area is being closed until at least 3 p.m. today. Conditions will be reassessed at that time. Updates will be provided at dish.stanford.edu.

As always, it is recommended that those who may be particularly sensitive to smoke consult their medical provider if needed during a wildfire smoke event. Updates on any changes in the current smoke event will be provided on emergency.stanford.edu.

Update on power outage

Power has been restored to all buildings affected by the outage earlier this morning except for the Fairchild Science Building. The cause of the outage has been determined to be the failure of a transformer at Fairchild. That building will be without normal power at least through this evening as repairs are determined and implemented. Fairchild emergency generators will remain operating until normal power is restored.

Power outage affecting several campus buildings

A power outage is affecting several buildings on the west side of the main Stanford campus.

Affected buildings are listed below. University teams have responded and the cause of the outage is being investigated. Building occupants should plan for a disruption of at least 4 hours.

Some affected buildings have emergency backup power, but not all circuits within a building may have it, and there may be impacts to building cooling. No impacts are expected to campus IT services.

Affected buildings are:

Fairchild Science Building
Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge
CCSR
Forsythe Hall
Ventura Hall
Cordura Hall
West Electronic Communication Hub
Nora Suppes Hall Annex
SRAF Comparative Medicine
Northwest Data Center
Central Process Steam Plant

Update on potential for rotating power outages

PG&E reported today (Monday, August 17) that rotating power outages are likely to occur in California this afternoon and evening due to continued hot weather. The Stanford community is encouraged to help conserve energy and to make any preparations needed in the event of a power outage.

Rotating outages can be ordered by the California Independent System Operator (California ISO) and implemented by utilities including PG&E based on the available power supply in the state. Due to extreme heat and high demand that may be greater than supply, California ISO may require PG&E to turn off power in rotating outages between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. each day August 17-20.

Rotating outages typically last 1-2 hours. The customers specifically affected by an outage will not receive advance notice.

If a power outage affects one of Stanford’s campuses, the university’s ability to supply chilled water to cool campus buildings will cease. Loads not served by emergency power during the event, such as research activities, will be impacted.

Please take any necessary precautions to prepare for a possible power and chilled water outage, protect critical equipment, and take steps to conserve energy to help reduce the load on the state’s power grid.

Announcement from PG&E: https://www.pgecurrents.com/2020/08/17/rotating-power-outages-likely-to-occur-monday-afternoon-and-evening/

Information and energy conservation tips from PG&E: https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/outages/planning-and-preparedness/safety-and-preparedness/keep-power-on.page

Ongoing updates from PG&E: https://twitter.com/PGE4Me

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.

Power restored to all affected buildings

Power has been restored to the Bookstore and Barnum Center.

Power restored to most affected buildings

Power has been restored to almost all buildings that were affected by the overnight outage and the brief additional planned outage at 3:30 p.m. today. We expect power to be restored to the Bookstore and the Barnum Center early this evening.

Initial assessment indicates that a failed power cable, located between Stern Hall and the Bookstore, led to the initial outage Tuesday night that affected certain buildings on the central and east side of the main Stanford campus. LBRE will be conducting further assessment work. We appreciate the university community’s patience and understanding during this event.

Several buildings to lose power for 30 minutes at 3:30 p.m.

In order to restore power to a number of buildings affected by the overnight power outage, several additional buildings on the main Stanford campus will need to lose power for 30 minutes at 3:30 p.m. today. An adjacent line serving these buildings needs to be powered down in order to power up a line originally affected by the outage.

The following buildings will lose power for approximately 30 minutes at 3:30 p.m. today:

  • Branner Hall
  • Encina Hall and Commons
  • Terman Engineering (parts of Building 02-500)
  • The Nitery
  • Toyon Hall
  • Wilbur Hall
  • Several construction trailers

Please note that some of these buildings may have emergency backup power during this period.

For other buildings affected by the original overnight outage, the restoration of power, originally scheduled to begin after 12 noon today, will need to wait for this additional step to occur. We hope to see power restoration beginning in the 4:00 hour.

The Bookstore and Barnum Center are still expected to see power restoration later in the day.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate the community’s patience. Updates will continue to be available on this page.

9:45 a.m. update on power

Technicians are working to restore power to affected buildings on the main Stanford campus.

The affected student residences, along with most of the other buildings affected by the power outage, should see power begin to be restored after 12 noon today. Power will come back online in stages.

LBRE reports that power to the Bookstore and the Barnum Center is not estimated to be restored until the end of the business day, due to the location of the fault. The Bookstore is closed during the power outage.

The campus as a whole is open and operating. Vaden Health Center continues to be operating today. Updates will continue to be provided on this page.

8 a.m. update on power

Technicians have identified a fault believed to be the cause of the power outage affecting some buildings on the east side of the main Stanford campus. Electricians will be working to isolate it and then begin the process of re-energizing the line. It is estimated that fully restoring power in the area could take up to 8 hours.

Some buildings in the affected area, including Stern Hall and Vaden Health Center, are operating on backup generator power. Vaden plans to be operating as usual today.

Student residences without power are Crothers and some houses in the Cowell Cluster. Students in these residences are welcome to dine at the Arrillaga Family Dining Commons, which is open and operating.

No classes are believed to be affected by the outage. Some scheduled events may be moved out of the Barnum Center today due to the outage.

Thank you to those affected for your patience with the situation. Additional updates will be posted, when available, on this page.

Update: Power outage on eastern side of main campus

Technicians continue to investigate a power outage that has affected some student residences and other buildings on the eastern side of the main Stanford campus.

There is no estimated time of restoration.

Some buildings in the affected area continue to operate on generator power.

To those affected, thank you for your continued patience. Updates will be provided on this website when available.

Update: Power outage on part of east campus

Crews are continuing to investigate a power outage that has affected some student residences and other buildings on the eastern side of the main Stanford campus.

The estimated time of the outage is up to 7 hours, depending upon how quickly the source of the problem is identified and resolved.

Some buildings in the affected area continue to operate on generator power.

Arrillaga Family Dining Commons will be extending its late-night hours, which normally end at 2:30 a.m., to accommodate students.

For student residences that are without power for a number of hours, the main entrance will be rekeyed to allow students to use their room key for entry when card readers cease to function. As always, please call 911 to report any suspicious circumstances.

In student residences without power, flashlights for personal use and lanterns for main lounges are being distributed. Candles and open flames should NOT be used.

Thank you, to those affected, for your patience with the situation. Updates will be provided on this website when available.

Thursday update on PG&E power situation

The main Stanford campus, Stanford Redwood City and SLAC are open and operating, and there continues to be no indication that they will be affected by PG&E’s power shutoffs in the Bay Area.

Additional shutoffs were implemented in the region overnight. PG&E is reporting this morning that customers in Santa Clara, San Mateo and several other counties who have not yet lost power should not lose it during this power shutoff event. PG&E has outage maps available at https://m.pge.com/#outages and http://critweb-outage.pgealerts.com.

We know that some employees have been affected by power shutoffs at their homes. Managers are encouraged to provide flexibility. Please be in touch with your manager if you are affected and need to discuss alternate work arrangements.

Stanford is continuing to monitor the situation closely. If there are any major changes in the situation for Stanford, members of the university community will be informed via the AlertSU system. Ongoing updates will be provided on this website. SLAC continues to provide SLAC-specific information to its community at https://emergency.slac.stanford.edu.

Wednesday update on PG&E power situation

The latest information from PG&E continues to indicate that the main Stanford campus, Stanford Redwood City and SLAC are not expected to be affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoffs in Northern California. Stanford will be open and operating on Thursday, October 10.

PG&E postponed some of its planned shutoffs in the Bay Area from this afternoon until this evening due to refined weather predictions. Please be aware that shutoffs are still expected to be occurring in some surrounding areas, including areas where Stanford employees live.

For staff employees, if a PG&E power shutoff at your home or at your child’s school affects your ability to come to work, please be in touch with your manager to discuss any arrangements that may be needed. Please also take the necessary precautionary measures at your home if you expect to be affected by the shutoffs.

Stanford is continuing to monitor the situation closely. If there are any major changes in the situation for Stanford, members of the university community will be informed via the AlertSU system. Ongoing updates will be provided on the https://emergency.stanford.edu website. SLAC continues to provide SLAC-specific information to its community at https://emergency.slac.stanford.edu.

Due to a Red Flag Warning for high winds and low humidity, the Dish will be closed on Thursday. Information is available on the Dish website.

Tuesday afternoon update on PG&E power situation

There have been no further updates pertaining to Stanford this afternoon on the PG&E power shutoff situation in Northern California. Stanford will be open and operating on Wednesday, October 9. Please continue to refer to the links and resources below. For staff employees, if a PG&E power shutoff at your home or at your child’s school affects your ability to come to work, please be in touch with your manager to discuss any arrangements that may be needed.

Tuesday morning update on PG&E power situation

The main Stanford campus, Stanford Redwood City and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory continue to be outside the areas that PG&E says could be affected by Public Safety Power Shutoffs beginning early Wednesday morning.

The PG&E website has been updated with numbers of potentially affected customers in specific communities around Northern California. PG&E’s map of potentially affected areas is available here.

Please continue to consult the resources and links available below, and keep in mind that your home could be affected depending on where you live. Information to help you prepare for an outage at your home is available on the PG&E website.

If the situation changes for Stanford, updates will be provided via the AlertSU system and this website.

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will provide any SLAC-specific information to its community, including on its Emergency Information website.

Information on PG&E power

PG&E announced today that it is considering Public Safety Power Shutoffs on Wednesday and Thursday in portions of many counties in Northern California and the Bay Area. These potential shutoffs are being considered due to expected high winds and elevated fire danger in the region on Wednesday and Thursday.

At this time, Stanford sites including the main Stanford campus, Stanford Redwood City and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are NOT among the areas expected to be affected by these shutoffs. The Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, in the foothills to the west of the main Stanford campus, could potentially be affected.

Stanford is monitoring the situation and will provide updates if the situation changes.

Because it is possible for the situation to change with little or no notice, we encourage those running research operations or other activities that could be damaged by an unexpected power outage to consider the option of postponing operations beyond this Wednesday and Thursday, where possible. While PG&E has said it will aim to provide at least 8 hours of notice in the event of an actual power shutoff, this notice is not guaranteed.

Environmental Health & Safety offers preparation guidance for researchers and those working in lab environments at https://ehs.stanford.edu/topic/lab-safety/power-outage-prep.

In addition, please be aware that even if Stanford is not affected by an outage, your home could be. Please consult the PG&E website for details and tips for anticipating a power outage.

A list of possible affected areas is available here: https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-event.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_pspsupdates

A map of possible affected areas is available here: https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/psps-service-impact-map.page

Tips and additional information are available here: https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-power-shutoff-faq.page

Updates will be sent via the AlertSU system if the situation changes, and any new information also will be posted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at https://emergency.stanford.edu.

Chilled water curtailment ending

The current Stage 1 curtailment will end this morning. Campus buildings will return to chilled water service by this afternoon. We expect this will be the final notification for this curtailment event.

Stage 1 Cooling Curtailment

Due to multiple warmer than normal nights with high humidity and forecast high temperatures, Stanford is implementing Stage 1 Chilled Water Curtailment starting immediately.

Under Stage 1, cooling is reduced in many offices and other parts of the campus not involved in medical, research, data processing and other facilities. Temperatures in occupied spaces are allowed to exceed campus guidelines. A complete description of the impact and a list of affected buildings can be found in Land, Buildings & Real Estate’s chilled water curtailment guide.

Works is progressing on the temporary cooling tower for the chilled water system that cools many buildings on the main campus and Stanford expects to have it connected and operational on Monday. The new tower expands chilled water capacity on the campus by 35 percent.

Updates will be provided here and through the AlertSU system.