Today at Berkeley Lab

Dec. 3 Mountain Lion Sighting

A person working onsite near Old Town on Sunday, Dec. 3, spotted a mountain lion in the vicinity. The animal was observed moving uphill towards the Lawrence Hall of Science. Protective Services crew searched the area and found no traces of the lion, which appeared to move out of the area. Go here to view safety tips regarding mountain lions.

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Lab-Wide Rapid Mass Evacuation Drill to Be Held Dec. 19

As the recent North Bay fires demonstrated, the ability to safely evacuate an impacted area in a time-sensitive manner is critically important. To this end, the Lab’s Emergency Management Team will conduct a rapid mass evacuation drill on Tuesday, Dec. 19, starting at 2:30 p.m. Go here for more information, including how personnel in each zone will be asked to participate. Questions? Contact emergencymanagement@lbl.gov.

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Mountain Lion Recently Sighted Near the Lab

A mountain lion sighting was reported on Sunday, Nov. 19, outside of the Lab’s fence line below parking lot F (off of Cyclotron Road). A search was conducted by the UC Police Department but the animal was not located. This follows other mountain lion sightings in the East Bay hills in recent months. Lab staff are encouraged to review this safety information.

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Emergency Management Launches ‘LabReady’ Campaign With Noon Briefings

The initial component of the campaign — which seeks to better prepare the Lab community in case of emergency — will be a series of informal, noontime briefings that remind staff of Lab hazards, emergency reporting, protective actions and measures, and communications. Sessions will be held Nov. 29, Dec. 5, and Dec. 11. Bring your lunch and learn more about staying safe.

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In Case of Emergency, Know Your Zone

To allow Protective Services to better address emergencies on the Lab’s main site, the Hill has been broken into six zones, plus a seventh zone for off-site locations. This enables responders to manage an event more effectively without impacting areas that are out of harm’s way. Staff are encouraged to become familiar with the Lab’s zones. Go here for more, including a zone map.

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Evidence of Mountain Lion Activity Found at Lab on Oct. 29

A deer carcass was found Sunday morning near Building 88 that is most likely the result of a mountain lion or bobcat kill. This follows two mountain lion sightings within the East Bay hills last month. Employees are encouraged to review these safety tips.

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Sign Up for County and Lab Emergency Notifications

The current fires in the North Bay offer an important reminder for Lab staff to sign up for emergency notification systems managed by Bay Area counties and the Lab. Sign up for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and San Francisco City and County notifications. Go here for Lab-specific notifications. Employees can also check the Lab Status website, or call 1-800-445-5830. More>

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Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill Takes Place Oct. 19

At 10:19 a.m. on Oct. 19, staff should “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during the “quake,” then evacuate the building and report to an Emergency Assembly Area. Once there, Building Emergency Teams and Protective Services will account for personnel. The drill will be announced via public-address system and LabAlert text and email. Staff are asked to reply to these messages. Sign-up for LabAlert.

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Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Oct. 19

On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 10:19 a.m., over 14 million people worldwide will participate in the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. The Lab will participate by enacting a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill followed by facility evacuations. This year’s drill is a collaborative effort between Protective Services-Emergency Management and the Lab’s Building Emergency Teams. More>

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Possible Protests on Campus This Afternoon and Tonight

In response to potential protests on campus today, the City of Berkeley will be closing Bancroft from College Ave. to Dana St. The north/south portions of streets between Durant and Bancroft will be closed from College Ave. to Dana St. The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center will monitor events, and employees will be notified of any adverse impacts to the Lab community.

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