Today at Berkeley Lab

Be Prepared, Stay Safe in the Event of an Earthquake on the Hill

Given the Lab’s unique challenges as a scientific facility located in the midst of an urban environment, earthquake preparation requires extra planning and preparation. To help address potential fall-out from an earthquake, the Lab has three programs in place: a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), and Damage Assessment Team (DAT), which ensures lab operations and systems can be assessed and recovered. There are also has six disaster containers (one in each zone) throughout the campus, which are filled with water, food, and medical supplies. More>

FEMA to Test Public Alert and Warning System Today

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 11:18 a.m. and Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 11:20 a.m. today. The WEA test will be sent to cell phones connected to participating providers. The EAS is a warning system that allows the president to address the nation during a national emergency via radio and television broadcasts. More>

Lab to Participate in Annual ShakeOut Drill on Oct. 18

On Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:15 a.m., more than 13 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 evacuations to designated assembly areas. More>

Status Update on Building 67

Building 67 remained closed this morning as clean up and re-establishment of building systems continued. Portions of the building may open during the day today. Personnel working in the building should contact their managers for instructions. All other buildings in the area have resumed normal operations. All gates, roads, and shuttle buses have resumed normal operations. See previous announcements here.

Aug. 8 Evacuation of Bldg. 67 Complex

August 10 Update Portions of Building 67 (Molecular Foundry) were reopened in stages on Thursday as Foundry and Lab EHS … More»

Personnel Accountability Drill on Aug. 9

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, all Lab employees, affiliates, and contractors will receive text and email messages, followed by a phone call, from the LabAlert system. Staff are asked to reply to at least one of these messages with their status and whereabouts. The system will continue to notify staff until their status is confirmed. Go here to register for LabAlert. More>

CERT Training in August

If a disaster strikes, will you be prepared? The Lab’s Emergency Management group will host Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in August. CERT training teaches disaster response skills such as preparedness, small fire suppression, medical triage and treatment, and light search and rescue. Go here for more information.

Know Your Zone’s Hazards and Emergency Response Capabilities; Training Available

In addition to knowing the zone you work in at Berkeley Lab, Emergency Management staff urges all Lab personnel to become familiar with the specific hazards and emergency response capabilities that are available in each zone. Emergency Management will host training sessions this month to help familiarize employees with each zone’s specific hazards as well as its emergency response capabilities. More>

Provide Feedback on Dec. 19 Mass Evacuation Drill

Thanks to employees who participated in the Dec. 19 evacuation drill, which enabled the Emergency Management Team to test the Lab’s ability to safely evacuate or shelter personnel during a scenario of an encroaching wildfire. Staff are encouraged to provide feedback on their experiences with the drill to help improve future protective actions. Go here to access the survey.

Health Services Closed During Lab Shutdown

Those working over the shutdown (6 p.m. on Dec. 21 to Jan. 1) should call 911 in the event of an onsite emergency. Call x6999 for non-life-threatening situations. The Security Operations Center will be staffed throughout the shutdown. For work-related injury or illness, seek the necessary medical treatment, then contact your supervisor and Health Services (x6266) on Jan. 2.