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Stanford's Emergency Plans include the:
  • Campus Emergency Plan
  • Cabinet Emergency Planning Guidelines
  • Department Emergency Planning Guidelines

These documents provide a management framework for responding to major emergencies that may threaten the health and safety of the University community, or disrupt its programs and operations. The plans address earthquakes, fires or explosions, hazardous materials releases, extended power outages, floods, or mass casualty events.

The Campus Emergency Plan establishes an Emergency Management Team (EMT) that ascertains the scope of an incident and advises the University President. The Emergency Management Team establishes response strategies and tactics, deploys resources, and initiates the emergency recovery process. The current EMT Leader and "Incident Commander" is the Vice Provost and Dean for Institutional Planning, Learning Technology, and Extended Education (through January 1999).

Emergency response actions are guided by Stanford's overriding emergency goals, to:

  • Protect life safety
  • Secure our critical infrastructure and facilities
  • Resume the teaching and research program

The Team mobilizes at a central Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located in the Faculty Club. The alternate site is the Public Safety Building (711 Serra). It gathers emergency intelligence from Satellite Operations Centers (SOCs) managed by Deans, Vice Provosts, Vice Presidents and Directors---and then returns emergency resources and information. The University Communications SOC is the campus emergency "InfoCentral," and it disseminates internal and external emergency bulletins and announcements. In some emergencies, field command posts may be set up to stage resources or manage operations in areas of the campus.

An emergency event at Stanford may be designated as a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 situation:

Level 1 A minor incident that is quickly resolved with internal resources or limited help.

The Emergency Plan is not activated.

Level 2 A major emergency that impacts sizable portions of the campus, and that may affect mission-critical functions or life safety.

The Emergency Plan is activated and a subset of the EMT, known as the Situation Triage & Assessment Team (STAT) determines the magnitude of the emergency. The Emergency Operations Center may be opened.

Level 3 A disaster that involves the entire campus and surrounding community.

The Emergency Plan is activated, and the entire EMT mobilizes at the EOC.


Department Emergency Plans are developed in each Stanford administrative and academic unit. These documents outline strategies for protecting department personnel and programs, and for coordinating with the SOC and EOC. Emergency Plans in specialized service units indicate how they will provide specific emergency aid for the campus---such as safety assessments, search and rescue, repairs, sheltering, counseling and other support.

An Emergency Preparedness Planning Steering Committee reviews the Plan documents annually, and meets regularly to provide general oversight for related policies and procedures.

Emergency Plans

For more information about emergency preparedness at Stanford, call us at 723-0448 or email EH&S