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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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Severe Smoke Impacts Bay Area Due to Wildfires

Wildfires in the North Bay counties are causing very unhealthy air quality throughout the region and smoke is moving into other parts of the Bay Area due to winds. Residents are advised to limit outdoor activities, use re-circulate settings for car and home air conditioners, keep windows and doors closed, stay tuned to local media for updates. 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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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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Community Emergency Response Team Training

If a disaster strikes, will you be prepared? Lab Emergency Management will host Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on the Hill in November. CERT training teaches disaster response skills such as preparedness, small fire suppression, medical triage and treatment, and light search and rescue. More>

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How Loud is That Earbud? Stop by Cafeteria on August 17 to Find Out

Ever wondered if your MP3 player might be harmful to your hearing? Bring your device and earbuds or earphones to the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to find out. EHS has modified a mannequin so it can assess noise levels from MP3 players and evaluate risk. Those unable to stop by can contact Herb Toor to schedule an assessment.

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Truck Traffic to Increase Due to IGB Work; Will Continue for Next Year

Thursday, August 17, will be especially heavy due to cement deliveries for the IGB project. Drivers must reduce their speed to 15 mph in affected areas. Staff are not allowed in construction areas without approval. Every effort is being made to minimize adverse impacts to pedestrians and drivers during periods of significant construction. Contact Jack Heffernan (x5993) for more information.

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Sign Up for LabAlert to Receive Emergency Information

An initial and important lesson learned from last Wednesday’s emergency response is the need for all Lab staff to sign up for LabAlert, which has the ability to quickly text, call, and email emergency information to employees’ mobile devices. If you haven’t yet had a chance to share your comments on last week’s event, please do so using this online form. More>

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How a Kitchen Fire Led to Lessons Learned

On Memorial Day, Candace Flores was cooking when she walked away to do laundry. Within minutes, the pan burst into flames, and her kitchen cabinets caught fire. In this story, she shares an important lesson in how to put out a grease fire, and how to prevent it. More>

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Director’s Message on Aug. 2 Lock Down, Fire Evacuation

Dear Berkeley Lab colleagues, As you know, we had two separate incidents today that required an emergency response across the … More»

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