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Volunteers needed for emergency drill

To test the university's emergency response plans for managing a critical incident at the Stanford Stadium, the university will conduct a stadium evacuation exercise on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.   Volunteers are needed to simulate the evacuation of fans from the stadium.  

Citing the importance of emergency preparedness, Provost John Etchemendy has authorized university employees to volunteer to participate in the drill during regularly scheduled work hours with their supervisors' approval.    

"We hope we never need to activate our emergency response plans for a critical incident at the stadium, but it is important that we prepare just in case such a situation were to arise.   A live exercise is the best way to evaluate the effectiveness of our plans and our ability to carry them out," Etchemendy said.   

Information about the volunteer role can be found on the Department of Public Safety website.   Lunch will be provided to volunteers.  Additionally, each of the first 1,000 people to register will receive a commemorative T-shirt and water bottle at the end of the exercise along with two tickets to the Sept. 7 football game between Stanford and San Jose State.   Volunteers must preregister by July 24 in order to participate.