Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Lab to Participate in Statewide ‘ShakeOut’ Drill on Oct. 17

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.

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Involve Your Family In Preparedness Planning

September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a good reminder to review or create your family’s response plan to a disaster or emergency. Check out these online resources for information on getting kids involved, what persons with disabilities and pets should do, Drop, Cover, and Hold On drills, and family preparedness.

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‘Drop, Cover, Hold On’ Drill on Oct. 17

On Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m., the Protective Services staff will conduct the annual Drop, Cover, Hold On and Evacuation Drill. It’s important that all in the Lab community knows what to do in the event of an earthquake, so take this opportunity to participate in the drill. More information will be provided in the weeks leading up to the drill. Contact Jan McClellan (x7570) with questions.

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Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

When it comes to disasters, there are simple things you can do to make yourself safer. Protective Services is observing National Preparedness Month by offering links to resources that can help employees consider and prepare for the next unexpected emergency or disaster. See how you can be better prepared before, during, and after an earthquake by following these tips.

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Family, Friends Can Call Protective Services in Case of Emergency

Employees can call Protective Services for assistance at the Lab 24/7, but so can family members and friends in case of an emergency or if a staff member needs to be located. Dialing 510-486-4050 will put callers in direct contact with the on-duty security team, who can check on an employee’s welfare, deliver an urgent message, or assist with any other family concerns. Staff should ensure their family members know how to contact the Lab as part of their family emergency plan.

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Guest House Fire Alarm Inspection Wednesday

The Guest House (B23) will have its annual fire alarm inspection on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Fire alarms will be tested as part of the inspection process but should not be of concern for occupants of neighboring buildings. The Fire Marshal will be present during the inspection. Protective Services staff will take the opportunity to conduct an evacuation drill for the building. Contact Jan McClellan at x7570 for more information.

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