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