Today at Berkeley Lab

Dec. 18 Presentation on ‘Learning to Live With Mountain Lions’

Zara McDonald, president of the Felidae Conservation Fund and the Bay Area Puma Project, will provide information on this important ecosystem member and the research efforts of the Puma Project. The event starts at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium, sponsored by Protective Services.

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Storm Watch: Use Caution Traveling to and Around the Lab

With extreme weather conditions forecast for Dec. 11, staff are urged to take all necessary safety precautions. Go here to view warning messages from Protective Services and COO Glenn Kubiak.

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Storm Expected Tomorrow Could Affect Lab

Heavy rain and high winds are forecast for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lab may experience flooding, fallen trees and branches, power outages, and delayed traffic. Staff can report issues to the Facilities Division (x6011). Researchers running experiments should be prepared for possible power outages. The Emergency Operations Center will be monitoring the storm.

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Latest on Mountain Lion Sightings

A mountain lion cub was spotted around noon yesterday running from the top of parking lot D (“the pit”) across the road behind Building 55. This follows two sightings last week on or near Lab property and a deer carcass found over the weekend below Building 90. More>

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Brief Interruption of Site Access Services on Nov. 25

The Site Access Office will be temporarily closed from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. today. Those needing immediate assistance during this time can call the Protective Services office (x6160).

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Recent Mountain Lion Sightings at the Lab

A deer carcass was found over the weekend on Lab property by tree trimmers. This follows two mountain lion sightings last week, one near Building 90 and another by the Foothills Residence Halls towards the bottom of Cyclotron Road. Mountain lions generally exist where deer are found. In this case, the deer was found on a trail below Building 90. More>

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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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