Today at Berkeley Lab

Protective Services’ Al Benitez Gives Nov. 20 Talk on Personal Safety

Benitez will present some simple precautions that will reduce risk and discourage those who commit crimes during this Thurday, Nov. 20, presentation, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. He’ll also discuss fire and traffic safety, emergency preparedness, and crime trends, among other topics. The talk will be live streamed here.

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Great ShakeOut Drill Takes Place Tomorrow

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).

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Berkeley and Albany Host Emergency Exercise on Oct. 18

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.

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Possible Red Flag Warnings Tomorrow, Friday and Saturday

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.

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Sign Up for LabAlert to Get Emergency Notifications

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 emergencymanagement@lbl.gov for more information.

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Facts and Impacts of Ebola Virus

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>

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Video Wall Helps Emergency Personnel Keep an Eye on Safety

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>

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Keep Safety in Mind During the Thanksgiving Holiday

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.

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Report Any Damage From This Morning’s 3.4 Earthquake

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.

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Share Your Feedback on Earthquake Exercise Via Survey

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.

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