The drill will be initiated at 10:16 a.m. via a LabAlert message, a public address message, and a radio announcement. Remember to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” for 30 seconds, then evacuate to an Emergency Assembly Area. Remain there until the “all clear” is given. If a fire alarm sounds, consider it an actual event and follow BET directions. For questions, contact your BET Lead of Protective Services (x6160).
The exercise will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 and feature activities to enhance emergency preparedness in the home, neighborhood, or businesses. The recent Napa earthquake and upcoming 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake is a good reminder to take action. Go here for details on Berkeley’s exercise, and here for Albany’s.
Predicted high temperature, strong winds, and low humidity could lead to heightened risk of wild land fires. If a warning is issued, hot-work permits will be canceled, and ignition sources will be controlled (welding, brazing, sparking activities, cigarettes, BBQs, and power machinery). Call x7911 from Lab phone or 911 from cell to report fire or smoke. Contact Amy Krigbaum (x5479) for more info.
The system uses your Lab e-mail and phone to provide updates on events like Lab closures, start delays, power outages, or earthquakes. To receive LabALert notices on your personal devices, sign up here. View a “how to register’ demo here. Send e-mail to email@example.com for more information.
The overall threat to Berkeley Lab personnel from the Ebola virus remains very low; however, Protective Services and Health Services have developed general information for public awareness as well as to promote infection prevention and control measures. More>
The Lab’s revamped Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is up and running, outfitted with a new “video wall” of six flat-screen televisions that help Protective Services keep an eye on safety and security within the Lab gates, on the Cal campus, and literally around the world. Located in Building 48, the refurbished EOC and its staff of four is poised to snap into action in the event of an earthquake, fire, hazardous spill, power outage, or any untoward event on the hillside campus or involving the Lab’s satellite facilities. Pictured are Hilda Quiroz (left) and Sara Wynne. More>
The Lab’s Protective Services group would like to remind employees to remember some important safety tips as they gather with their family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. For example, stay in the kitchen while cooking on the stovetop to keep an eye on food. Do not leave the house when cooking a turkey and check on it frequently. Also, keep children at least three feet away from hot stoves. Go here for more tips.
A magnitude 3.4 earthquake occurred in San Ramon at 9:30 this morning. If you have experienced any damage or injuries associated with this, contact Protective Services at x6666 for assistance.
Protective Services would like to thank the Berkeley Lab community for making the Drop, Cover, Hold On exercise and evacuation drill a success. Employees are asked take a moment and complete a survey that will assist Protective Services in improving on this important protective action.
On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Great California ShakeOut will take place across the state, and Berkeley Lab will be participating with a Drop, Cover, Hold On and Evacuation drill at 10:17 a.m. It’s important that everyone in our community knows what to do in the event of an earthquake. Protective Services will provide instructions via the public address system and the drill should last no more than 20-30 minutes. Afterwards, participants will be asked to evaluate the exercise using an online survey. Feedback will help the Lab prepare better for future exercises and emergencies. Reminders will be provided in the weeks leading up to the drill. Contact Jan McClellan (x7570) with questions. Go here for information on people with disabilities.