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CERT Training in January

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

Personal Accountability Drill Tomorrow at 8 a.m.

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 8 a.m., all Lab employees, affiliates, and contractors will receive a text message and email, followed by a phone call, from the emergency LabAlert system. The messages will request a reply from each individual asking them to respond with their status and whereabouts. Only one response is needed, but it is critical that staff respond. More>

Recent Mountain Lion Sighting Near Lawrence Hall of Science

On Thursday, Nov. 8 at approximately 6:32 p.m., UCPD received a report of a mountain lion sighting at Lawrence Hall of Science near Berkeley Lab’s fence line. Lab staff are encouraged to review this safety information. Additional information about wildlife sightings can be found in the Berkeley Lab Emergency Guide.

Mountain Lion Sighted Last Night Near Building 88

A mountain lion sighting in the vicinity of Building 88 was reported on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Lab staff are encouraged to review this safety information. Additional information about wildlife sightings can be found in the Berkeley Lab Emergency Guide.

Be Prepared, Stay Safe in the Event of Wildfire on the Hill

Given the Lab’s location and variabilities in wind speed and direction, there is no one-size-fits-all plan in the event of a wildfire, says Lab Fire Marshal Todd LaBerge. Instead, he stresses being prepared and knowing what the Lab has set in place to protect employees. Evacuating may be your first instinct, says LaBerge, but it’s likely staying put would be a safer idea. Learn more in the first in our series of articles on how to stay safe during Lab emergencies. More>

Today’s Fire Safety Presentation Postponed

The fire safety presentation originally planned for today, July 24, has been postponed. The rescheduled talk, to take place on August 14, will be led by Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations Michael Brandt and will be live streamed. Watch TABL for details.

Hills Fire Danger Is Real: Learn What Lab Is Doing to Protect, Educate Staff

It’s not a question of if, but when a fire will ignite upwind of the Lab, says Fire Marshal Todd LaBerge. To help protect employees, the Lab’s Fire Protection and Emergency Management groups are developing wildfire prevention and safety programs, which include a series of presentations this summer. The first is July 24. Go here for more, including a goat-grazing time-lapse video.

The Lab’s Fire-Prevention Goats Are Back

As part of the Lab’s efforts to manage vegetation and reduce wildland fire fuels, these polyphagous browsers have been brought back to the Hill to begin their important work. They’ll be at various locations over the next several weeks.

Lab Participates in May 22 Wildfire Awareness Event

Area fire-response agencies will meet at the site of last year’s Grizzly Peak​ Fire from 11 a.m. to noon on May 22 to discuss fire preparedness and prevention efforts. The event may cause traffic delays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Grizzly Peak Boulevard, between Centennial Drive and South Park Drive. Emergency vehicles will be stationed in the area as part of the event. More>

Recap of Last Week’s Personnel Accountability Drills

Last week, Berkeley Lab’s Emergency Management Department conducted two personnel accountability drills as part of the Department of Energy’s annual Eagle Horizon continuity drill. The Lab was able to account for 79 percent of its employees, affiliates, and contractors in the first drill, and 93 percent in the second drill. More>