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Emergency Preparedness

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Preparing for an emergency

Stanford puts the safety and security of its employees above all else.

Personal Emergency Preparedness (EHS-5090): Learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your home to survive the next disaster. You will receive information on emergency kits, family preparedness plans, fire safety, earthquake preparedness, and more.

The Stanford Redwood City (SRWC) campus emergency management program is designed in concert with the updated university Emergency Management Program. The SRWC campus has an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that is managed by the SRWC Operations team. A key feature of the plan is a focus on building-centric emergency plans. Also consider registering on for natural disaster-related emergency updates in your area.


AlertSU will be used to notify SRWC employees of time-sensitive campus safety issues and provide updates in the event of an emergency affecting the SRWC community. These alerts will also be posted to the Redwood City alerts page. SRWC Operations also maintains an emergency information hotline (650-497-1111), which provides a recorded campus status message when activated.

Maintaining your profile in the StanfordYou directory is critical for emergency communications. The AlertSU system sends alerts via SMS text and email using contact information from StanfordYou.

Below are step-by-step directions on how to maintain your directory profile.

Step 1: Visit StanfordYou. Click on 'Maintain your directory and AlertSU emergency contact information.'

Step 2: Update your work address under ‘Stanford Affiliation.’

  • Building: Start by typing your building name (example: Cardinal Hall)
  • Address - line one: Once your building name is entered, this field will self-populate (example: 505 Broadway)
  • Address - line two: Manually enter your floor number and mail code (example: 5th floor, mail code 8809)
  • Address - line three: Manually enter other details as needed
  • City, State, Zip/Postal Code and Country: These fields will self-populate

Step 3: Return to the 'Maintain your directory and AlertSU emergency contact information' page. Update your mobile number under 'Mobile Contact Info' and ensure the "OK to use for AlertSU" box is checked.

For StanfordYou directory questions, contact University IT.

Public Access Trauma Kits 

In partnership with the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (DPS), 8x Bleeding Control (Trauma) Kit red stations have been strategically installed at the following locations (next to existing AED cabinets) across the Stanford Redwood City (SRWC) campus:

  • Academy Hall – 1st Floor Elevator Lobby
  • Cardinal Hall – 1st Floor Elevator Lobby & Café West Entrance
  • Central Energy Hub – Control Room #101
  • Discovery Hall – 1st Floor Elevator Lobby
  • RecWell Center – 1st Floor Elevator Lobby
  • SRWC Operations Hub (585 Broadway) – Central Lobby near #108 (*AED pending delivery/installation 11/2023)
  • University Hall – 1st Floor Elevator Lobby

    Each public access red station contains 4x Bleeding Control (Trauma) Kits, which contain the following supplies:

  • SOF-T wide tourniquet
  • 4” emergency trauma dressing
  • QuikClot bleeding control dressing
  • Hyfin chest seal
  • CPR face shield with bite block
  • Emergency Mylar blanket
  • Trauma shears
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Permanent marker

Each public access bleeding control (trauma) kit’s contents are clearly organized using color-coded, alpha-numeric labels that correspond to the instructions in the mobile application and enclosed instruction card. The Zoll/Mobilize Rescue Systems mobile application is available for free via Android/Google Play and the Apple/iOS App Store. Using the licensing code “SUprepare”, anyone who studies, works, lives, or visits a Stanford campus can download the mobile application.


Emergency Assembly Point (EAP)

In the event of an emergency (e.g., fire alarm), do not assume it is a false alarm or a fire drill. Proceed promptly to the nearest emergency exit stairwell; stay to the right as you head down and towards the building Emergency Assembly Point (EAP). Await further direction. Do not re-enter until the ‘All Clear’ directive is given.

First Aid Cabinets / Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs)/Evacuation Chairs

As a part of our Building Occupant Emergency Action Plan, the SRWC Operations team has the following infrastructure in place for your safety. 

  • There are two first aid cabinets per floor positioned in the water points or near the building plazas. 
  • One AED unit is positioned on each floor across from the bank of elevator doors. 
  • Evacuation chairs are in place on each floor of the stairwells facing the green belt of the campus.

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Every year in the United States, more than 350,000 incidents of sudden cardiac arrest occur outside of a hospital. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when an electrical malfunction of the heart causes it to suddenly stop beating properly, ceasing blood flow to the victim’s brain, lungs, and other organs.

The signs of sudden cardiac arrest can include:

• Heart palpitations

• Sudden collapse

• No pulse

• No breathing

• Loss of consciousness

Mobilize Rescue (Mobile Application) by Zoll

Stanford University offers the campus community the Mobilize Rescue app, which provides real-time instructions that help bystanders assess, manage, and treat victims in emergencies. The step-by-step directions, provided through simple interactive prompts, written instructions, and visual cues, guide rescuers on how to treat severe bleeding, allergic reactions, chest trauma, cardiac arrest, or another form of trauma. Use license code ‘ SUprepare ‘ to activate.

Android/Google Play


How to use AEDs

Stanford Redwood City (SRWC) has deployed 25 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) across 6 campus buildings for use during an emergency. An AED is a medical device used to provide emergency medical assistance for those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. 

When an emergency occurs and you observe any of the sudden cardiac arrest symptoms mentioned above, follow these steps:

1. Call 9-1-1 immediately and send another bystander to find the closest AED.

2. Check to see if the victim is struggling to breathe and if they have a pulse. If they are unresponsive and you cannot find a pulse, perform hands-only CPR (push hard and fast on the center of the victim’s chest) to maintain blood flow to vital organs.

3. When the AED arrives, turn on and open the device, and attach the electrode pads to the victim following the AED guidance. Once connected, the AED will automatically analyze the victim’s heart rhythm. Don’t touch the victim while the AED performs this analysis. Not all sudden cardiac arrest victims require a shock immediately, and the AED will let you know what to do next. It may advise you to press a button to administer a shock, or it may administer one. Follow the visual and audio prompts.

4. After a shock is delivered, the AED will instruct you to continue performing CPR. It will measure the rate and depth of your compressions and instruct you to adjust what you’re doing in order to deliver high-quality CPR. 

5. Continue administering CPR and following the prompts on the AED until emergency personnel arrive.

6. If you notice obvious signs of life, discontinue CPR and monitor breathing for any changes in condition.

For more information, you can also check out a step-by-step demo of the ZOLL AED Plus® defibrillator for a demonstration:

Although AEDs do not require specialized training, AED training is offered in conjunction with CPR on the Stanford campus (EHS-1300 via STARS) and in the Redwood City community via training providers affiliated with the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

Emergency Exits

Always know where the emergency exits are in your building. This may save your life and the lives of your colleagues in the event of an emergency.