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Know Your Zone’s Hazards and Emergency Response Capabilities; Training Available

Training sessions have been scheduled to help staff better understand the hazards and emergency response capabilities of the Lab’s various main-site zones (see map below). The sessions will cover which buildings are fire- and smoke-rated so that personnel can relocate to these buildings in the event of a wildland fire, as well as tours of disaster containers and rescue boxes to see what types of emergency supplies and equipment are available.

March 27
Zone 4: 10 a.m. to noon, Bldg. 75-124

Zone 3: 1-3 p.m., Bldg. 33-106

March 28
Zone 5: 1 to 3 p.m., Bldg. 66 Auditorium

March 29
Zone 2: 9 to 11 a.m., Bldg. 70A-3377

Zone 1: 1 to 3 p.m., Bldg. 71-264

Emergency events have the potential to impact the Lab in a variety of ways. The impact may be restricted to one building, the entire Lab site, or regionally throughout the entire Bay Area. Emergency Management analyzes and plans for all types of emergencies, and ensures that the Lab is ready to respond to an emergency, regardless of how large or small it is in scale.

Part of this preparation is to ensure that the planning is commensurate with the possible scale of the emergency event, widening or narrowing our focus and resources to match its potential severity and impact. To focus on an impact limited to the Lab’s main site, we have divided the Lab into different zones, with Zones 1-6 representing the main Lab site. Zone 7 represents our off-site locations. (See zone map below. A zone map may also be found on the A-Z index under the Z tab; on the Site Map tab of the Emergency Guides; in Emergency Management General Awareness Training (Course PSD 0135); and on badge-sized zone cards.)

 

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These Lab zones help us manage an emergency event more effectively, without impacting areas that are out of harm’s way. The zones also help us protect and manage personnel in zones that are the most imminently threatened. For example, in the case of a wildland fire encroaching Zone 6, having the ability to rapidly evacuate personnel from Zone 6 while sheltering other zones eases the logistics of managing a rapid mass evacuation. It also keeps us from moving personnel unnecessarily, risking injury, and impacting the mission.

In addition to knowing the zone you work in, Emergency Management staff urges all Lab personnel to become familiar with the specific hazards and emergency response capabilities that are available in each zone. This includes information such as which buildings are fire- and smoke-rated so that personnel can relocate to these buildings should the Lab experience a wildland fire. Emergency Management will be hosting the following training sessions, which will include tours of disaster containers and rescue boxes to demonstrate what types of emergency supplies and equipment are available:

For questions, contact emergencymanagement@lbl.gov.

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