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The site can also be used by customers and lab employees who are having difficulty connecting to lab services to verify that no disruption has taken place and all services are available. The Emergency Status Information Line is: 1-800-445-5830.


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September 28, 2020 -- 9:15 a.m. No Action Required: Unhealthy Air Quality, Red Flag Warning, and Heat Advisory Through Monday Evening

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, valid for the East Bay Hills, through Monday, September 28 at 9 p.m., and issued a heat advisory through Monday at 7 p.m. A Spare the Air alert has also been issued for unhealthy air quality due to wildfire smoke. 

PG&E has placed areas of Northern California in a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Warning, which means that a PSPS is probable. At this time, the PSPS geographical area does not include the Lab. 

THIS IS A NOTIFICATION ONLY AND NO PSPS PREPARATORY ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. WE WILL UPDATE YOU IF CONDITIONS CHANGE.


September 27, 2020 -- 10:00 a.m. No Action Required: Red Flag Warning and Heat Advisory Through Monday Evening; PSPS Warning Through Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, valid for the East Bay Hills, through Monday, September 28 at 9 p.m., and issued a heat advisory through Monday at 7 p.m.

PG&E has placed areas of Northern California in a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Warning, which means that a PSPS is probable. However, at this time, the PSPS geographical area does not include the Lab. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be moderate for the next several days.

THIS IS A NOTIFICATION ONLY AND NO PSPS PREPARATORY ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. WE WILL UPDATE YOU MONDAY MORNING OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS CHANGE.

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September 26, 2020 -- 10:00 a.m. No Action Required: Red Flag Warning Through Monday Morning; PSPS Watch for the Weekend

There has been no change overnight. Status will be updated Sunday morning or sooner if conditions change.

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September 25, 2020 -- 12:30 p.m. No Action Required: Red Flag Warning and PSPS Watch for the Weekend


The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, valid for the East Bay Hills, from Saturday, September 26 at 9 p.m. through Monday, September 28 at 8 a.m. 

PG&E has placed areas of Northern California in a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Watch, which means there is a possibility of a PSPS within the next two days. However, at this time, the PSPS geographical area does not include the Lab. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be moderate throughout the weekend.

THIS IS A NOTIFICATION ONLY AND NO PSPS PREPARATORY ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED AT THIS TIME.

If you see signs of smoke or fire, please call 911. If you have other incident concerns, contact the Lab's Security Operations Center at (510) 486-6999. 

Please be aware that this situation can change quickly. Sign up for LabAlert on your personal device.  Monitor your email, status.lbl.gov, 1-800-445-5830, or Twitter@LBNLStatus over the weekend.

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September 22, 2020 -- 8:00 p.m. Status Update: Power Restored to Buildings 91 and 91U

The Lab engineering team has restored utility power and all building systems to Buildings 91 and 91U.


Current status:

  • Facilities teams completed walkthroughs of Buildings 91 and 91U tonight to confirm all systems are operational.

  • Occupants may resume normal operations in both buildings beginning Wednesday at 6:00 a.m. 


We know that the interruptions to your work were an inconvenience, and we appreciate the patience and flexibility shown as we resolved the issue. 


Upon return to the building, if you notice anything out of the ordinary or equipment not functioning correctly, please contact your Building Manager Naomi Reeves at 510-325-9864 or nereeves@lbl.gov.  Please take a few minutes to perform ventilation and other checks upon entering the building and resuming work


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September 22, 2020 -- 11:00 a.m. Status Update: Power Out at Buildings 91 and 91U

Last Saturday, the Lab carried out a project to separate electrical cables into two different trenches to increase electrical safety and reliability at Buildings 91 and 91U. The buildings were put on standby generator power during the project. While workers were in the process of restoring the power, two breakers unexpectedly tripped and normal power could not be restored. 


The engineering team, along with a contractor, worked all day Sunday and Monday to safely reset the breakers but were unsuccessful. As a result, Buildings 91 and 91U will remain on standby generator power until the issue can be resolved.


Current status:

  • The Lab engineering team and specialized electrical contractors are still testing the system. They will begin attempting to re-energize Buildings 91 and 91U once testing is complete.

  • Building status will be updated on status.lbl.gov and via email by 4:00 p.m. or, if earlier, when power is restored.


What this means for building occupants and users:

  • All life-safety systems are working. However the elevators are not working and the power assist button that opens the exterior glass door is not functional. 

  • Limited work can be performed in the building. However, before beginning work you must speak with your supervisor to review the work plan to ensure safety is prioritized at all times. Keep in mind that lighting is poor in some areas and not all equipment is functional. Contact EHS at 510-610-7737 or ladavis@lbl.gov to discuss any hazardous work that may need to be performed. Alternatively, contact John Heim at  925-639-9748 or jheim@lbl.gov.

  • Facilities will continue to monitor the buildings and the chiller systems.


We know that interruptions to your work are an inconvenience, and we’re working to resolve the issue quickly.


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September 22, 2020 -- 8:15 a.m. Status Update: Power Out at Buildings 91 and 91U

Last Saturday, the Lab carried out a project to separate electrical cables into two different trenches to increase safety and reliability at Buildings 91 and 91U. The building was put on standby generator power during the project. While workers were in the process of restoring the power, two breakers unexpectedly tripped and normal power could not be restored. 


The engineering team, along with a contractor, worked all day Sunday and Monday to safely reset the breakers but were unsuccessful. As a result, Buildings 91 and 91U will remain on standby generator power until the issue can be resolved.


Current status:

  • As of 7:00 a.m. this morning, the Lab engineering team and specialized electrical contractors are on site and testing the system.

  • If tests go well the team will begin attempting to re-energize Buildings 91 and 91U between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. today.

  • Building status will be updated on status.lbl.gov and via email by 10:00 a.m. or, if earlier, when power is restored.


What this means for building occupants and users:

  • No work can take place in buildings 91 and 91U until power is restored.

  • If you need to enter the buildings to retrieve items or check on work you must take someone with you (buddy system) to ensure you can safely exit all spaces.

  • Facilities will continue to monitor the buildings and the chiller systems.


We know that interruptions to your work are an inconvenience, and we’re working to resolve the issue quickly.


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September 21, 2020 -- 4:00 p.m. Status Update: Power Out at Buildings 91 and 91U

Following a scheduled outage this weekend for Building 91, a breaker tripped unexpectedly in the process of restoring utility power to Buildings 91 & 91U.  As a result, Buildings 91 and 91U remain on e-power until the issue can be resolved.  There is currently no estimate for the restoral time.


What this means for building occupants and users:

  • No work can take place in buildings 91 and 91U until power is restored.

  • If you need to enter the buildings to retrieve items or check on work you must take someone with you (buddy system) to ensure you can safely exit all spaces.

  • Facilities will continue to monitor the buildings and the chiller systems.


We know that interruptions to your work are an inconvenience, and we’re working to resolve the issue quickly. An electrical vendor will be onsite tomorrow to test the system for power restoration.


This message will be updated by 10:00 a.m. on September 22, or earlier if power is restored.


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September 21, 2020 -- 10:00 a.m. Status Update: Power Out at Buildings 91 and 91U

Following a scheduled outage this weekend for Building 91, a breaker tripped unexpectedly in the process of restoring utility power to Buildings 91 & 91U.  As a result, Buildings 91 and 91U remain on e-power until the issue can be resolved.  There is currently no estimate for the restoral time.


What this means for building occupants and users:

  • No work can take place in buildings 91 and 91U until power is restored.

  • If you need to enter the buildings to retrieve items or check on work you must take someone with you (buddy system) to ensure you can safely exit all spaces.

  • Facilities will continue to monitor the buildings and the chiller systems.


We know that interruptions to your work are an inconvenience, and we’re working to resolve the issue quickly. This message will be updated at 4:00 p.m. today, or earlier if power is restored.


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September 14, 2020 -- 7:45 a.m. Poor Air Quality Continues Today

This is the 28th consecutive Spare the Air Day in the Bay Area. The ongoing wildfires in Northern California continue to make the air quality unhealthy for all individuals who are exposed for a period of 24 hours or more. Prolonged exposure may cause breathing discomfort for people with lung disease such as asthma, and discomfort to people with heart disease, children and older adults. This situation is expected to gradually improve this week. 


The Lab will continue normal operations with all essential operational services, including shuttles, maintenance, and deliveries.  All prolonged outdoor activities involving heavy exertion will be reduced, and we will look at the need to change work schedules and reduce work intensity. 


For those working indoors at the Lab, Facilities has made adjustments to the ventilation systems where possible to reduce the amount of outdoor air coming into the buildings. Please note that these adjustments do not increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19 through the ventilation system. All buildings respond differently and have different capabilities, so if you are experiencing discomfort from the smoke, please work with your supervisor for alternative work or work locations.

All employees are also encouraged to notify their supervisor and Health Services if they are experiencing worsening air quality and adverse health symptoms. 


If you have concerns about the air quality: 

  • Develop a personal action plan around how you will deal with poor air quality.  This may include discussing your health with your personal physician, medications or devices you may need in the event of poor air quality. 

  • Protective measures, such as wearing an N95 respirator for comfort, are an individual choice.  Consult with your personal health provider for more information if you have existing health issues.  If you choose to bring and wear an N95 respirator, read more about N95s and how to use them. Note that exhalation valves need to be covered with cloth or a face cover for COVID-19 control.

  • The Lab’s Health Services staff are available for consultation by calling 510-486-6266.

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September 12, 2020 -- 2:00 p.m. Blackberry Gate Now Open to Vehicle Traffic    

Blackberry Gate, which had been closed due to a crane lift at Building 59, is now open to vehicle traffic. The job is completed and there is no need for additional closure of Blackberry Gate this weekend.

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September 11, 2020 -- 8:20 a.m. Poor Air Quality Continues

This is the 25th consecutive Spare the Air Day in the Bay Area. The ongoing wildfires in Northern California continue to make the air quality unhealthy for all individuals who are exposed for a period of 24 hours or more. Prolonged exposure may cause breathing discomfort for people with lung disease such as asthma, and discomfort to people with heart disease, children and older adults. This situation has worsened since yesterday and may continue into next week. 


The Lab will continue normal operations with all essential operational services, including shuttles, maintenance, and deliveries.  All prolonged outdoor activities involving heavy exertion will be reduced, and we will look at the need to change work schedules and reduce work intensity. 


For those working indoors at the Lab, Facilities has made adjustments to the ventilation systems where possible to reduce the amount of outdoor air coming into the buildings. Please note that these adjustments do not increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19 through the ventilation system. All buildings respond differently and have different capabilities, so if you are experiencing discomfort from the smoke, please work with your supervisor for alternative work or work locations.


All employees are also encouraged to notify their supervisor and Health Services if they are experiencing worsening air quality and adverse health symptoms. 


If you have concerns about the air quality: 

  • Develop a personal action plan around how you will deal with poor air quality.  This may include discussing your health with your personal physician, medications or devices you may need in the event of poor air quality. 

  • Protective measures, such as wearing an N95 respirator for comfort, are an individual choice.  Consult with your personal health provider for more information if you have existing health issues.  If you choose to wear an N95 respirator, read more about N95s and how to use them. Note that exhalation valves need to be covered with cloth or a face cover for COVID-19 control.

  • The Lab’s Health Services staff are available for consultation by calling 510-486-6266.

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September 10, 2020 -- 9:00 a.m. Poor Air Quality Continues at the Lab’s Main Site

The ongoing wildfires in Northern California continue to make the air quality unhealthy for all individuals who are exposed for a period of 24 hours or more. Prolonged exposure may cause breathing discomfort to people with lung disease such as asthma, and discomfort to people with heart disease, children and older adults. This situation will continue into tomorrow.


The Lab will continue normal operations with all essential operational services, including shuttles, maintenance, and deliveries.  All prolonged outdoor activities involving heavy exertion will be reduced, and we will look at the need to change work schedules and reduce work intensity. 


For those working indoors at the Lab, Facilities has made adjustments to the ventilation systems where possible to reduce the amount of outdoor air coming into the buildings. Please note that these adjustments do not increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19 through the ventilation system. All buildings respond differently and have different capabilities, so if you are experiencing discomfort from the smoke, please work with your supervisor for alternative work or work locations.


All employees are also encouraged to notify their supervisor and Health Services if they are experiencing worsening air quality and adverse health symptoms. 


If you have concerns about the air quality: 


● Develop a personal action plan around how you will deal with poor air quality.  This may include discussing your health with your personal physician, medications or devices you may need in the event of poor air quality.  

● Protective measures, such as wearing an N95 respirator for comfort, are an individual choice.  Consult with your personal health provider for more information if you have existing health issues.  If you choose to wear an N95 respirator, read more about N95s and how to use them. Note that exhalation valves need to be covered with cloth or a face cover for COVID-19 control.

● The Lab’s Health Services staff are available for consultation by calling 510-486-6266.

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September 9, 2020 -- 11:00 a.m. Poor Visibility Conditions at Lab’s Main Site

If you are on the main site or in the immediate vicinity today, you’ve noticed that visibility is extremely poor due to smoke cover resulting from wildfires in the region. The current air quality is averaging an AQI of 100 - 130 on PurpleAir at our Weather Tower, and it still may be a health concern for some workers.  

As a health and safety precaution, many outdoor operations are being halted at the Lab’s main site due to poor visibility brought about by the current wildfire smoke. Please use caution while moving about the site today. It is also the 23rd Spare the Air day in a row. 

Please work with your supervisor for alternate arrangements as needed, such as telework or limiting work to onsite indoor activities. 

The National Weather Service’s Red Flag Warning for the East Bay Hills has expired as of this morning, but please use caution. If you see any signs of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1. For other safety or security issues, call the Lab's Site Operations Center at (510) 486-6999.  

The Lab’s Site Operations Center, Emergency Management team, and EHS will continue to monitor the weather conditions and PG&E reports as conditions develop and provide an update via email on the weather conditions and the Lab’s status as needed.

If you have not already signed up for LabAlert on your Lab and personal devices, please do so immediately. This will be the main channel of communication in the event of any emergency at the Lab. 

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September 8, 2020 -- 10:00 a.m. UPDATE: No PSPS at Lab; Red Flag Warning In Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the East Bay Hills through Wednesday, September 9, at 8 a.m. The winds remain calm at the Lab as of this morning. 

PG&E has informed the Lab that it will not have its power turned off at this time as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff that is occurring in Northern California. Other locations outside of Berkeley have had power turned off.   

No action is required at this time, but all divisions should continue to monitor their email for updates and be prepared should conditions change.

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September 7, 2020 -- 10:00 a.m. UPDATE: No PSPS at Lab; Red Flag Warning In Effect Starting Monday Evening

PG&E has informed the Lab that it will not have its power turned off at this time as part of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff that may occur in California later this week. Other locations outside of Berkeley are still at risk for having power turned off.      

However, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the East Bay Hills from Monday, September 7, at 10 p.m. through Wednesday, September 9, at 8 a.m.

No action is required at this time, but all divisions should continue to monitor their email for updates and be prepared should conditions change.

Under these red flag conditions, it is possible for the rapid spread of fire and an increased risk of heat-related illnesses. This means no exterior Hot Work operations at the Lab. You should take additional health and safety precautions during this time of excessive heat.

 

  • Take caution when parking or starting a vehicle near a hillside to ensure that mufflers and tailpipes are not in direct contact with brush. 

  • Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas. Make sure that smoking materials are completely extinguished before disposing of them in the designated receptacles. 

  • If you are outdoors, limit strenuous activity, drink more water than usual, and know the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. 

 

If you see any signs of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1. For other safety issues, call the Lab's Security Operations Center at (510) 486-6999

 

The Lab’s Site Operations Center and Emergency Management team will continue to monitor the weather and PG&E reports as conditions develop and provide an update via email on the weather conditions and the Lab’s status as needed.

If you have not already signed up for LabAlert on your Lab and personal devices, please do so immediately. This will be the main channel of communication in the event of any emergency at the Lab. 

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September 6, 2020 -- 9:20 a.m. Weather Conditions Continue to Indicate Potential for Public Safety Power Shutoff 

There is no change in the current weather forecast that indicates that the Bay Area will experience excessive heat and higher than normal wind conditions for the next few days, resulting in high wildfire risk. 

The Lab’s main site remains in watch status for a Public Safety Power Shutoff by PG&E, however, PG&E has informed us that the Lab is currently not in one of the targeted shutoff areas. 

All divisions should continue to monitor their email for updates and be prepared should conditions change, but no other action is required at this time.

The Lab’s Site Operations Center and Emergency Management team will continue to monitor the weather and PG&E reports as conditions develop and provide an update via email on the weather conditions and the Lab’s status as needed.

If you have not already signed up for LabAlert on your Lab and personal devices, please do so immediately. This will be the main channel of communication in the event of any emergency at the Lab. 

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September 5, 2020 -- 8:20 p.m. Weather Conditions Indicate Increased Potential for Public Safety Power Shutoff as Soon as Monday Evening

The current weather forecast continues to indicate that the Bay Area will experience excessive heat and higher than normal wind conditions for the next few days, resulting in high wildfire risk. 


The Lab’s main site remains in watch status for a Public Safety Power Shutoff by PG&E beginning Monday evening and lasting through Wednesday morning. Although the Lab is on a watch status, PG&E is telling us that Alameda is not expected to be one of the primary counties impacted by this weather event based on current predictions. 


The Lab’s Site Operations Center and Emergency Management team will continue to monitor the weather and PG&E reports as conditions develop and provide an update via email on the weather conditions and the Lab’s status Sunday morning.


If you have not already signed up for LabAlert on your Lab and personal devices, please do so immediately. This will be the main channel of communication in the event of any emergency at the Lab. 

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September 5, 2020 -- 12:40 p.m. Weather Conditions Indicate Increased Potential for Public Safety Power Shutoff as Soon as Monday Evening

Current weather forecasts indicate that the Bay Area will experience excessive heat and higher than normal wind conditions for the next few days, resulting in high wildfire risk. 


The Lab’s main site has been placed in a Public Safety Power Shutoff watch status by PG&E beginning Monday evening and lasting through Wednesday morning. Although the Lab is on a watch status, PG&E is telling us that Alameda is not expected to be one of the primary counties impacted by this weather event based on current predictions. 


Research and operations divisions should begin internal notifications today for the potential to begin executing the Lab’s PSPS shutdown process as soon as Sunday if weather conditions worsen. 

The Lab’s Site Operations Center and Emergency Management team will continue to monitor the weather and PG&E reports as conditions develop and an update will be provided before 10 p.m. this evening and again Sunday morning.

If you have not already signed up for LabAlert on your Lab and personal devices, please do so immediately. This will be the main channel of communication in the event of any emergency at the Lab. 


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August 28, 2020 -- 10:00 a.m. Air Quality Update

The air quality in the Bay Area continues to be poor in most areas and is forecast to stay that way for the next few days. A Spare the Air alert has been called by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District through Sunday, August 30.

 

In close consultation with Health Services and EHS, we advise managers to limit employees' physical activity outside and to keep office windows closed when the Air Quality Index has sustained a level of 151 for an hour. Where feasible and safe, we are reducing the amount of outside air entering building ventilation systems.  Supervisors and managers should work with their staff to identify the best place for them to work safely during this time.  

 

The Lab uses the Purple Air air quality monitoring network to track air quality at the Lab in specific buildings and locations. We apply the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) conversion to account for the Purple Air monitors’ overreporting of air particulates from wood smoke. This conversion was recently studied by LBNL’s Indoor Environment Group, a part of the Energy Technologies Area. To show the adjusted numbers on the map, change “none” to “LRAPA” in the menu box in the bottom left corner of your screen.

 

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District officially tracks regional air quality, which can fluctuate depending on the winds. The current air quality in the Bay Area ranges from good to unhealthy depending on your location. 

 

If an employee has a lung-related medical condition such as asthma, emphysema, or heart disease, they are encouraged to follow their personal doctor's directions and to seek care in a timely manner if they have symptoms or concerns. Continue to communicate and coordinate with your supervisor on any changes needed to your work conditions or locations. Any Lab staff experiencing symptoms such as chest tightness, headache, or light-headedness is encouraged to call Health Services at 510-486-6266 for consultation.

 

Please note that most face covers we wear to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 are not designed to filter out smoke particles. They are designed to contain droplets and aerosols (coughing, sneezing, etc.) generated by the wearer, but do not filter particulate from smoke.

 

If you have not already signed up for LabAlert on your Lab and personal devices, please do so immediately. This will be the main channel of communication in the event of any emergency at the Lab. 


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August 25, 2020 -- 1:30 p.m. Air Quality Update

The ongoing smoke from multiple fires in Northern California has caused our local air quality to worsen. In close consultation with Health Services, we advise managers to limit employees' physical activity outside and to keep office windows closed. Where feasible and safe, we are reducing the amount of outside air entering building ventilation systems, however if you need a change in work environment as a result of the air quality, please work with your supervisor to discuss options.

  

If an employee has lung-related medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or heart disease, they are encouraged to follow their personal doctor's directions, and to seek care in a timely manner if they have symptoms or concerns. Continue to communicate and coordinate with your supervisor on any changes needed to your work conditions or locations. Anyone experiencing symptoms such as chest tightness, headache, or light-headedness are encouraged to call Health Services at 510-486-6266 for consultation.

 

Please note that most face covers we wear to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 are not designed to filter out smoke particles. They are designed to contain droplets and aerosols (coughing, sneezing, etc.) generated by the wearer, but do not filter particulate from smoke.

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August 24, 2020 -- 9:00 a.m. Lab Opening at 10:00 a.m. Today for Approved Pilot 2B Personnel

Last night in an abundance of caution, the Lab curtailed operations for today, Monday, due to a forecast of high probability for thunderstorms, erratic winds, and lightning strikes in the East Bay. The forecasted weather dissipated early and inclement conditions are not expected to occur in the East Bay today. Therefore the Lab will reopen beginning at 10 a.m. today to those who are authorized to work on Lab sites under Pilot 2b. If you were scheduled to be on site today, please work with your supervisor to determine whether you should continue teleworking today or return to the site.


The Red Flag Warning will remain in effect until 5 p.m. The current air quality in the Bay Area continues to be poor, ranging from moderate to unhealthy depending on your location. The Lab continues to monitor the air quality using Purple Air monitors set throughout the Lab. In close consultation with Health Services, we advise managers to limit employees' physical activity outside and to keep office windows closed. Where feasible and safe, we are reducing the amount of outside air entering building ventilation systems.


If you have not already signed up for LabAlert on your Lab and personal devices, please do so immediately. This will be the main channel of communication in the event of any emergency at the Lab.  


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August 23, 2020 -- 9:10 p.m. Lab Closed at Midnight Tonight (August 24) Due to Severe Weather Conditions

Due to the high fire danger and the probability of lightning strikes in the East Bay hills overnight, all Lab sites will be closed to almost all personnel beginning at midnight tonight and will remain in a curtailed operational state through Monday, August 24. Only fire, emergency services, life safety, and designated Operations personnel will be permitted on site. If you are required to be on site, your supervisor will contact you. Anyone else with an emergency need to access a Lab site must receive permission from their ALD or area deputy. We have reached this decision because the health and safety of our people is our highest priority.  

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts dry lightning over the East Bay Hills during the night and into Monday morning in addition to a Red Flag warning issued by the National Weather Service. Local fire officials have recommended that those in the Berkeley Hills be prepared to evacuate on short or no notice. 

 

Employees who were scheduled to work at any Lab site on Monday should telework from another location, if possible, for their safety and to minimize the number of people on site in case of an evacuation. If you are unable to telework due to the nature of your job, you may qualify for Administrative Leave. Contact your supervisor or HR Division Partner for information. 

 

If you have not already signed up for LabAlert on your Lab and personal devices, please do so immediately. This will be the main channel of communication in the event of any emergency or evacuation at the Lab. 


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August 23, 2020 -- 1:30 p.m. Red Flag Warning for East Bay Hills Through Monday Afternoon

The Red Flag Warning for much of the Bay Area issued by the National Weather Service continues through 5 p.m. Monday.

The Lab's Security Operations Center continues to closely monitor the situation. If you see smoke, fire, or have other safety issues, you can reach the SOC at (510) 486-6999

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August 22, 2020 -- 4:30 p.m. Red Flag Warning for East Bay Hills Beginning 5 a.m. Sunday

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for much of the Bay Area, including the East Bay Hills, beginning Sunday, August 23 at 5 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday.

 

Under these conditions, it is possible for the rapid spread of fire, and an increased risk of heat-related illnesses. This means no exterior Hot Work operations at the Lab. You should take additional health and safety precautions during this time of excessive heat.

 

If you see any signs of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1. For other safety issues, call the Lab's Security Operations Center at (510) 486-6999


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August 22, 2020 -- 9:30 a.m. Weekend Air Quality Forecast

The Lab is continuing to monitor the air quality today. This site will be updated if conditions warrant.

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August 21, 2020 -- 3:00 p.m. Weekend Air Quality Forecast

The air quality in the Bay Area continues to be poor in most areas and is forecast to be about the same over the weekend. A Spare the Air alert has been called by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District through Sunday. 

 

Please be careful this weekend and stay indoors if you can, stay hydrated, and limit your outdoor activities. Continue to wear your face covers to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 even though they are not designed to filter out smoke particles. They are designed to contain droplets and aerosols (coughing, sneezing, etc.) generated by the wearer, but do not filter particulate from smoke. 

 

We will continue to monitor the air quality over the weekend and update you as conditions warrant.

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August 21, 2020 -- 8:20 a.m. Spare the Air Alert Continues


Smoke from multiple fires in Northern California has caused our local air quality to worsen. In close consultation with Health Services, we advise managers to limit employees' physical activity outside and to keep office windows closed. Where feasible and safe, we are reducing the amount of outside air entering building ventilation systems.  As conditions improve, employees will be encouraged to resume their regular duties outdoors.

 

The Lab uses the Purple Air air quality monitoring network to track air quality at the Lab in specific buildings and locations. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District officially tracks regional air quality, which can fluctuate depending on the winds. The current air quality in the Bay Area ranges from moderate to unhealthy depending on your location. 

 

If an employee has lung-related medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or heart disease, they are encouraged to follow their personal doctor's directions, and to seek care in a timely manner if they have symptoms or concerns. Continue to communicate and coordinate with your supervisor on any changes needed to your work conditions or locations. Anyone experiencing symptoms such as chest tightness, headache, or light-headedness are encouraged to call Health Services at 510-486-6266 for consultation.

 

Please note that most face covers we wear to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 are not designed to filter out smoke particles. They are designed to contain droplets and aerosols (coughing, sneezing, etc.) generated by the wearer, but do not filter particulate from smoke.

 

We will continue to monitor the situation and update as conditions warrant.

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August 20, 2020 -- 2:20 p.m. Spare the Air Alert Thursday and Friday


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today and tomorrow. These conditions may cause breathing discomfort to people with lung disease such as asthma, and discomfort to people with heart disease, children and older adults.


The air quality in some Lab buildings has been in the "Unhealthy Levels for Sensitive Groups" category for short durations today. EHS is monitoring the air quality through our on site Purple Air monitors and levels listed on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District website. The amount of outside air for buildings can be adjusted without any affect on overall COVID-19 risks when an unhealthy level of particulate matter is measured.


The Lab will continue normal operations and all essential operational services will continue, including shuttles, maintenance, and deliveries.  All prolonged outdoor activities involving heavy exertion will be reduced.

If you have concerns about the air quality: 


  • Stay indoors as much as possible

  • Keep windows closed

  • If you have air conditioning, set it to circulate


Take time to develop a personal action plan around how you will deal with poor air quality.  This may include discussing your health with your personal physician, medications or devices you may need in the event of poor air quality.  This may also include talking with your supervisor about alternate work options if you have any concerns about the air quality at your work location.


Protective measures, such as wearing a respirator for comfort, are an individual choice.  Consult with your personal health provider for more information if you have existing health issues.  If you choose a mask, read more about masks and how to use them.  For COVID-19 protection, the exhalation valves need to be covered with cloth.


The Lab’s Health Services is available for consultation at 510-486-6266.

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August 16, 2020 -- 6:20 p.m. Red Flag Warning for East Bay Hills Through Monday Morning

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for much of the Bay Area, including the East Bay Hills, until Monday, August 17, at 11 a.m. 
 
Under these conditions, it is possible for the rapid spread of fire, and an increased risk of heat-related illnesses. This means no exterior Hot Work operations at the Lab. You should take additional health and safety precautions during this time of excessive heat.
 
If you see any signs of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1. For other safety issues, call the Lab's Security Operations Center at (510) 486-6999

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July 9, 2020 -- 7:20 a.m. Personnel Accountability Drill Today

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a Personnel Accountability drill on Thursday, July 9. The drill will start at 8:30 a.m. You will receive a LabAlert notification by text and email; you are asked to select the option that best fits your status. If you receive a notification that you believe is suspicious and not part of the personnel accountability drill, please contact LBNL Cyber Security at security@lb.gov.

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June 1, 2020 -- 6:20 p.m. Lab at Minimum Staffing Tonight due to Local Curfews

Due to local curfew orders in the Bay Area tonight, the Lab is reducing its staffing on its sites for the evening to minimize the number of people traveling through areas with curfews in place.

  The Alameda County curfew requires all non-exempted persons in the county to be indoors between the hours of 8 p.m. tonight and 5 a.m. Tuesday. Other local jurisdictions have issued, or will issue, curfew orders for tonight, as well. These orders can change quickly, but here is the most current information:


  • Alameda County curfews -  8 p.m. to 5 a.m., overnight curfews in place through Friday, June 5. The cities of Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, and Union City also have 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfews with differing expiration dates.

  • San Francisco curfew - 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice

  • Contra Costa County curfews - Danville 8 p.m. to  5 a.m.; Lafayette 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.; Pleasant Hill 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.; Walnut Creek 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. with differing expiration dates. 

For tonight, area and division leadership is asked to reduce overnight staffing to a minimum and to discuss alternatives for safe commutes with their staff members who work overnight. Lab personnel are only to come into work at a Lab site if they feel they can safely move between their home and Lab sites. 

Lab staff who must travel through areas during local curfews should have their Berkeley Lab badge and a Lab-issued Letter of Transit with them; the Letter of Transit can be requested through your line management and is provided by the Lab Directorate if needed.

Blackberry Gate will remain open tonight. Grizzly Gate will be open all night for egress only. 

 

As of this moment, we do plan to resume Pilot 1 tomorrow morning after the local curfews have lifted. However, it is important that you check the local news and your email in the morning before leaving to ensure your commute is safe and that the Lab’s planned operational status has not changed. 


These are unprecedented and unpredictable times. The most important consideration is your safety. Please be careful, and watch your email, status.lbl.gov, and @LBNLstatus on Twitter for updates.

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May 27, 2020 -- 8:12 p.m. Blackberry Gate open again

 Blackberry Gate is now open again to entering and exiting traffic.

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May 27, 2020 -- 5:00 p.m. Blackberry Gate temporarily closed; used Strawberry Gate

Use Strawberry Gate for entrance and exit to the Lab until further notice. Blackberry Gate is closed due to an accident on Cyclotron Road. Grizzly Gate will be open for exiting until 6 p.m.

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May 5, 2020 8:30 a.m. Health self-screening process for entry to Lab

In alignment with orders from the Alameda County and City of Berkeley public health departments, which require that employers establish a health symptom-check protocol, all Lab employees coming on site to any Lab location are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19-related symptoms. This requirement is no different from previous Lab guidance about self-isolating if you are ill, but please review the below list of known COVID-19 symptoms, which have evolved.

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April 28, 2020 9:30 a.m. Extension of Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Orders Through May 31

Six Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley announced yesterday that they plan to extend their shelter-in-place orders through May 31. (The previous orders were set to expire May 3.) The counties include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

In alignment with these expected orders, Berkeley Lab will remain in a safe and stable standby status, with the vast majority of our staff successfully teleworking and minimum on-site staffing necessary for essential work and time-critical COVID-19-related research only.

Learn more at the Lab's COVID-19 website

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April 21, 2020 5:00 p.m. Use of Face Cover Mandatory at the Lab

To conform with an order by the Alameda County Health Department you are required to wear a face cover when working in or walking through common areas of the Lab such as hallways, stairways, and elevators, and while in any room or enclosed area when other people are present. This includes cubicle areas where others are present. Exceptions to this order are if you are alone in a personal office or if you are alone in a vehicle.

Learn more at the Lab's COVID-19 website

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April 16, 2020 8:30 a.m. Missing the Lab? Watch this Video for a Look

During the Bay Area's shelter-in-place that began March 17, 2020, Berkeley Lab remained in a "safe and stable standby," leaving the Lab quiet and mostly deserted.

Watch the video.

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April 9, 2020 8:30 a.m. Personnel Accountability Drill 

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a personnel accountability drill on April 9th. The drill will be initiated at 8:30 AM. LabAlert will send notifications by text and email; personnel is asked to select the option that best fits their status. If you receive a notification that you believe is suspicious and not part of the personnel accountability drill, please contact LBNL Cyber Security at security@lb.gov.


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April 2, 3:19 p.m.  Lab Publishes New COVID-19 Website

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has launched a new COVID-19 website.  It contains all the information that was posted on the previous website.

Please bookmark covid.lbl.gov to stay up-to-date on the latest information. 


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March 28, 4:00 p.m.  First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at the Lab

Good afternoon.

We wanted to let you know we have our first confirmed case of COVID-19 infection. This afternoon we heard from an individual who works at the Lab that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The Lab has been preparing for this circumstance for several weeks.

First and most important, the individual is self-isolating, resting at home, and doing well. We are working closely with our Health Services staff to support the individual throughout recovery. We look forward to their speedy recovery and will welcome them back on-site when they have recovered.

Although we cannot disclose the individual’s identity, we are working with public health to determine whether there are any contacts at the Lab’s main site who need to be notified. We believe the individual practiced proper social distancing while on-site, and we know of no contacts of concern at this time. If anyone is determined to have been at risk of exposure, they would be notified by public health.

Our EH&S and Facilities teams have marked the affected areas at the Lab with signage and will clean and disinfect those areas.

We recognize that this situation is unsettling, and this news will understandably cause some apprehension. Our priority has been to keep our people as healthy and safe as possible, guided by long-standing public health protocols.

It’s also important to acknowledge that we expected this to happen. Our public health authorities have indicated that many of us may ultimately become infected. We can expect more cases in the coming weeks among the 7,000-plus people who make up our diverse Lab community.

In each case, individuals who are at increased risk of exposure will be notified in coordination with public health. As confirmed cases become more commonplace, depending on circumstances, we may not notify the broad Lab community of every case.  Please review our COVID-19 website for the latest on the Lab’s response.

We want to emphasize that the vast majority of people infected with COVID-19 will recover with mild symptoms; a relatively small fraction will require medical care. After an individual recovers, they can return to normal activity and do not present a continued risk to anyone. We want to make sure that when we do return to work, we’re welcoming everyone back to our Lab community regardless of our individual health experiences.

Finally, please continue to follow the public health guidance to shelter-in-place, practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Slowing the spread of the coronavirus is the best way to ensure that people who urgently need healthcare in our communities can receive treatment. We want you, your families, and your colleagues to be safe.

Regards,

Mike Witherell
Lab Director

Michael Brandt
Deputy Lab Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer


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March 21, 4:00 p.m.
Lab Status

As we approach Day 6 of the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order and nearly a month into our Lab’s response to the COVID-19 virus, I want to let you know that the Laboratory is doing everything possible to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our Lab population and our community. We’ve asked nearly all of our people to telework, reduced on-site staffing to a minimum, and instituted a number of safeguards for those people who must come on-site to maintain essential functions for the Laboratory. I’m grateful that as of today, we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection at the Lab.

Still, I want to be sure we are clear, consistent, and realistic about our expectations. It is quite likely, certain in fact, that individuals who work for the Lab will become infected at some point. Our hard-working Health Services team has investigated a number of situations in the past three weeks in which individuals have reported symptoms they feel are consistent with COVID-19.

This is to be expected. We want people to report to their health care provider or to Health Services when they are concerned about their symptoms. Please remember that when someone reports symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, this does not indicate that we have a case on site. There are many reasons an individual might report symptoms, especially during flu season. I urge you not to spread unverified or speculative information at this time of heightened concern.

So far, none of the cases we have investigated has turned into a confirmed case of COVID-19 infection, and in all cases, risks of exposure to individuals have been in the low to no risk categories based on the CDC’s definitions. Still, because the knowledge of these investigations may cause people concern, I want to take this opportunity to explain the processes we follow when someone has a concern about a potential COVID-19 infection at the Lab. Read the entire email from Chief Operating Officer Michael Brandt. 

For the most up-to-date information, refer to the Lab's COVID-19 website and the Frequently Asked Questions.

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March 20, 8:30 a.m.

Lab Status

The Lab’s sites are in “safe and stable standby” status, a more limited version of how the Lab manages during a long holiday break, with only essential research and maintenance work continuing on Lab sites and the vast majority of employees working remotely. 

This is in response to the shelter-in-place order for all residents of nine Bay Area counties that went into effect Tuesday, March 17.  On-site staffing level is at the minimum number of people needed for critical research, infrastructure, and systems continuity. We will remain in stand-down status until the public health order is lifted. 

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March 18, 2:30 p.m.

Lab Director Having Virtual Town Hall Thursday, March 19 at 9 a.m.

There will be a virtual town hall Thursday, March 19 from 9-10 a.m. with Lab Director Mike Witherell and Deputy Director for Lab Operations Michael Brandt. Questions will be taken from the virtual audience. If you have a question, you can ask it via the Q&A window at streaming.lbl.gov during the meeting, or you can send it now to communications@lbl.gov. We won’t be able to answer every question live, but we will take all questions into consideration. 

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March 17, 4:00 p.m.
URGENT: Lab Safe and Stable Stand By Status 

The Lab’s sites are in “safe and stable standby” status, a more limited version of how the Lab manages during a long holiday break, with only essential research and maintenance work continuing on Lab sites and the vast majority of employees working remotely. 

This is in response to the shelter-in-place order for all residents of six Bay Area counties that went into effect Tuesday, March 17.  On-site staffing level is at the minimum number of people needed for critical research, infrastructure, and systems continuity. We will remain in stand-down status until the public health order is lifted. 

Please go to the Lab’s COVID-19 website for the full text of the email and other critical information. 

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March 16, 4:00 p.m.
URGENT: Impacts of Bay Area Shelter In Place Order 

As a result of a shelter-in-place order for all residents of six Bay Area counties that goes into effect at midnight tonight, we are standing down the Lab’s research and operations and reducing our onsite staffing level to the minimum number of people needed for critical research, infrastructure, and systems continuity. We will remain in stand-down status until the public health order is lifted.

News of this new public health order came suddenly today. We and the CIMG are working to understand all of the implications for our Lab and developing additional guidance. We do not yet have all the answers or even all of the questions. Please review this Status of Site Services page; they will be added to as we get more information. Watch your email for updates as it becomes available. 

Please go to the Lab’s COVID-19 website for the full text of the email and other critical information. 
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March 16, 1:00 p.m.
URGENT: Bay Area counties announce three-week shelter in place

Six Bay Area counties have just announced a shelter-in-place order for all residents beginning at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, March 17 and lasting until at least April 7. The counties affected are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.


The shelter-in-place order allows for people to leave their homes for necessary supplies, accessing health care, providing aid to family and friends who need assistance, for exercise with appropriate social distancing, and for returning to homes outside the Bay Area. For more information about the shelter-in-place order, please see this San Francisco Chronicle article.


Lab leadership and the Critical Incident Management Group (CIMG) are working to understand the implications for the Lab and developing guidance. Please watch your email; more information will be provided as soon as possible this afternoon. 

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March 13, 5:00 p.m.

By the close of business Thursday, March 19, Berkeley Lab is transitioning to curtailed operations at all Lab sites. We are preparing to remain in a curtailed operational state for 30 days. This will be evaluated on a daily basis, and we will keep you updated.  You can read all the details in this email

For the most up-to-date information, refer to the Lab’s COVID-19 website and the Frequently Asked Questions which are updated frequently.

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March 12, 6:00 a.m.

In response to the spread of COVID-19, Berkeley Lab is taking a number of measures guided by the advice of federal, state, and local public health authorities and motivated by our top priority of keeping our people and communities as healthy and safe as possible. 

Here are some of the measures we have taken so far:
  • Encouraging anyone who is showing signs of respiratory illness to stay home and call their primary health care provider
  • Encouraging telework for employees who can
  • Emphasizing social distancing, including conducting meetings by phone or teleconferencing
  • Requiring anyone arriving from a CDC Level 3 country to self-isolate for 14 days before accessing the Lab
  • Recommending that conferences, workshops, and meetings be canceled or postponed
  • Canceling or postponing non-essential on-site tours and visits
  • Prohibiting international business travel
  • Minimizing domestic business travel
  • Enhancing daily cleaning of common areas by custodial staff, and encouraging all Lab staff to wipe down workspaces more often as desired
  • Enhancing cleaning protocols for the Lab cafeteria, shuttles, and guest house
  • Encouraging frequent and thorough hand washing
  • Reminding people to refrain from touching their nose, eyes, and mouth 
We are continually reevaluating our response measures as we monitor the rapidly changing situation.

For the most up-to-date information, refer to the Lab’s COVID-19 website and the Frequently Asked Questions which are updated frequently.



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March 10, 6:00 p.m.

All international Lab-related business travel is prohibited. Any exceptions need ALD approval. Read more about travel, conferences, and events on the  Lab's COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information.

The FAQs are updated as needed. Here is the most recent FAQ update on March 11 at 9 a.m. 

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March 9, 3:00 p.m.

Berkeley Lab has instituted several changes in response to the COVID-19 virus.

Please continue to visit the Lab's COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information.

The FAQs are updated as needed. Here is the most recent FAQ update on March 9 at 8 a.m. 

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Feb. 28, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Berkeley Lab has instituted several changes in response to the COVID-19 virus. 

LBNL is implementing a 14-day self-isolation policy for asymptomatic travelers coming to the Lab from CDC Level 3 countries, currently China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Asymptomatic travelers are those who do not exhibit symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection. If the incoming traveler becomes symptomatic, they should contact a healthcare provider.

This policy applies to any individual (employee, affiliate, user, or visitor) who has traveled from or through a CDC Level 3 country who has the intention of accessing the LBNL main site or satellite locations. These individuals are asked to not access LBNL facilities until 14 days have passed since departure from any CDC Level 3 country.

You can read the self-isolation policy, and see a recently added FAQ at the Lab's COVID-19 website

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Feb. 27, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

Berkeley Lab has instituted several changes in response to the COVID-19 virus. You can read the latest information on the Lab's COVID-19 website https://sites.google.com/lbl.gov/emergencies/covid-19.

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Feb. 5, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

A number of political protests are being organized in the East Bay for this afternoon beginning at 5:00.  These protests may interfere with traffic. The protests are scheduled for El Cerrito Plaza in El Cerrito, Powell and Christie in Emeryville, at the Grand Lake Theater intersection in Oakland, and in Civic Park in Walnut Creek. 

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Jan. 17, 2020 9:30 a.m.

The UC Berkeley Police Department (UCB PD) hazardous materials truck has left the site after removing a vial from the lab in the Foundry. Traffic is moving as normal.

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Jan. 16, 2020 6:30 p.m.

Friday morning at approximately 8:00 a.m. a UC Berkeley Police Department (UCB PD) hazardous materials truck will arrive on-site to remove a container of picrylsulfonic acid from a lab in the Molecular Foundry.  The truck will enter and exit through Strawberry Gate. There may be traffic and shuttle delays in the area until the operation is completed. The chemical was discovered as part of an ongoing chemical inventory at the Lab. The Lab has been conducting a comprehensive chemical inventory for the past few weeks.

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Jan. 16, 2020 6:30 a.m.

Work on the Centennial tree removal project is on hold today, Thursday, Jan. 16 due to weather conditions. Both lanes will be open all day. Shuttle service will follow its normal schedule and all gates will be operating as usual.

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Jan. 14, 2020 12:30 p.m.

For the week of Jan. 13, the tree removal project will need to close both lanes of Centennial from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The work on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be from Lawrence Hall of Science to approximately Grizzly Gate, closing Grizzly Gate between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The shuttle to the Lawrence Hall of Science parking will run from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m., and then from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

On Friday, the tree removal work will be from the Botanical Garden to Rim Way. The Orange and Rockridge shuttles will enter and exit through Blackberry Gate from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Strawberry Gate will remain open for vehicles approaching from the Grizzly Peak direction. 

For the remaining weeks of the project, scheduled through early February, one lane will always be open at all times. This means the Lab gates will be open as usual and shuttles will enter and exit through their regular gates although there may be delays of up to 20 minutes on the shuttle schedules due to single lane traffic. Check status.lbl.gov for the latest information and follow us on @LBNLstatus.

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Jan. 10, 2020 4:30 p.m. Update: Centennial Midday Closure Continues Into Next Week

On Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 13 and 14, Centennial Drive between the Lawrence Hall of Science and Grizzly Gate will have both lanes closed from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for tree removal.

The Upper Hill shuttle will run from 7 until 9:00 a.m., and from 3:30 to 7 p.m.  Grizzly Gate will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrians from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. 

This work will not impact Strawberry Gate.  The Orange and Rockridge shuttles will operate as usual.

 Check status.lbl.gov for the latest information and follow us on @LBNLstatus.


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Jan. 10, 2020 10:30 a.m. Update: Centennial Midday Closure Continues Into Next Week; Check Back for Update

The midday closure of sections of Centennial Drive for tree removal is fluid due to weather conditions and other unforeseen conditions. The project will continue next week, but the section to be worked will not be known until Friday afternoon. Check status.lbl.gov for the latest information and follow us on @LBNLstatus.

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Jan. 9, 2020 9:00 a.m. PERSONNEL ACCOUNTABILITY DRILL

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a personnel accountability drill on January 9th. The drill will be initiated at 9:00 AM. LabAlert will send notifications by text and email; personnel is asked to select the option that best fits their status. If you receive a notification that you believe is suspicious and not part of the personnel accountability drill, please contact LBNL Cyber Security at security@lb.gov.

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Jan. 6, 2020 4:30 p.m. Update: Centennial Midday Closure Continues

Centennial Drive between the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Lab’s Strawberry Gate continues to be closed in both directions on weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for tree removal. Tree removal on this stretch of road will continue this week, with a slight possibility it continues into next week.


During this phase, Grizzly Gate will be open for entrance to the Lab between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and will be available for exiting after 3:30 p.m.


Lab shuttles to the LHS parking lots will operate from 7 to 9 a.m., and from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There may be delays to the Orange and Rockridge routes due to congestion on the lower section of Centennial. 


Those exiting via Strawberry Gate will only be able to travel downhill only from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Jan. 2, 2020 2:30 p.m. Grizzly Gate Access Impacted for Next 10 Days

Due to tree work on Centennial Drive, Grizzly Gate will be closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The closure will be in place for the next 10 days (dependent on weather and operational logistics). The gate will be open from 6 to 9 a.m. to enter the Lab and will reopen at 3:30 p.m. to exit the Lab. Pedestrian access via Grizzly Gate will also be closed during these hours.

Access to the LHS parking lot via the Upper Hill shuttle will be available from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. during the closure period.

Those exiting via Strawberry Gate will only be able to travel downhill only from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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19 December 2019 8:30 a.m. Hazardous material removal complete at Building 70A

The hazardous material has been removed and the Lab is operating under normal conditions.

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19 December 2019 5:30 a.m. Hazardous material disposal operation Thursday morning at Building 70A


Colleagues,


This morning at approximately 7:00 a.m., a UC Police Department (UCPD) hazardous materials truck will arrive on-site to remove a container of picric acid from Building 70A. The work is expected to take 45-60 minutes. 


Parking near Building 70A will be impacted, and traffic might be disrupted temporarily while the truck is arriving and leaving the site. 


The 100-gram bottle of expired picric acid was discovered recently inside a satellite accumulation area (waste disposal storage area) in Building 70A. Commonly used for sample preparation, optical metallography, etching, and other bench chemistry, picric acid can become explosive when dry. 


Although the amount of material is small and does not represent an imminent danger to Lab employees or the public, a portion of the building has been cordoned off, and Lab EH&S and Site Security teams began planning for the container’s safe removal and disposal with the UCPD and the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD). 


During the operation, UCPD hazardous materials experts will carefully remove the container from the building and place it in a specialized hazardous materials disposal trailer. 

It will be disposed of offsite later in the day. ACFD will stand by, as a precaution.


Please note that the safety of our people and the public are our highest priority. The urgent removal and disposal of this material is required to ensure that we maintain our high standards for safety. If you have questions, please contact Ellen Ford at eford@lbl.gov.



Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer


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15 December 2019 6:10 p.m. Buildings 7, 30, and 33 Cleared for Occupancy

The power modernization project for this weekend has been successfully completed. Buildings, 7, 30, and 33 have been inspected by our Environmental Health and Safety partners, and the buildings are cleared for occupancy.


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15 December 2019 4:10 p.m. Power Being Restored For Buildings 7, 30, and 33

Power is being restored to Buildings 7, 30, and 33.  Watch for an email and a status update to let you know when the buildings are ready for occupancy.

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15 December 2019 12:10 p.m. Electrical System Upgrade Work Progressing in Buildings 7, 30, and 33

The electrical system upgrade team is on schedule. You will receive an email two hours before power is restored to Buildings 7, 30, and 33, and a second email when the buildings can be occupied. Target is still 7 p.m. this evening.

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14 December 2019 5:32 p.m.
Electrical System Upgrade Work Progressing in Buildings 7, 30, and 33

The electrical system upgrade project is continuing as planned. The target is to have power restored to the buildings by 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Check back on Sunday for updates.

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14 December 2019 12:15 p.m. Electrical System Upgrade Work Progressing in Buildings 7, 30, and 33

The electrical system upgrade project is making progress as planned. All generators are working.

There will be occasional project updates during the weekend. The target is to have power restored to the buildings by 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

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13 December 2019 5:00 p.m. Electrical System Upgrade Work Underway in Buildings 7, 30, and 33

Thanks to the co-operation of the tenants, Buildings 7, 30, and 33 were emptied by the 3 p.m. deadline, allowing the project team to turn off power to the buildings to begin the electrical system upgrade project. All generators are working and the project is underway.

There will be occasional project updates during the weekend. The target is to have power restored to the buildings by 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

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9 December 2019 9:00 p.m. Emery Station East Open As Usual Tuesday

Emery Station East in Emeryville will be open for business as usual on Tuesday, Dec. 10 for entry after 7:00 a.m. after a brief shutdown Monday due to water damage.

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9 December 2019 12:00 p.m. Centennial Tree Removal Project On Schedule

Despite the rain, the tree removal project is on schedule. Changes to the schedule will be posted here and at commute.lbl.gov.

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2 December 2019 12:00 a.m. Centennial Tree Removal Projects Begins Monday, Dec. 2


The Centennial Tree Removal Project is scheduled to start Monday, Dec. 2. The first phase of the project, from now until the middle of December, will include the closure of sections of Centennial from Grizzly Road to past the Grizzly Gate. This area will, at times, be closed to traffic or have one lane open between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Grizzly Gate will be closed for entrance and exit between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be no parking at the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Check for additional details, changes to the Orange shuttle route, project maps and other information at commute.lbl.gov.

Any critical changes to the schedule will be posted on this site. You can also follow us for mobile updates to the project.

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20 November 2019 7:00 a.m. All LBNL Sites Open As Usual


All shuttle services will be operating today.

The cafeteria will be open as usual.

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19 November 2019 5:55 p.m. Only One Shuttle Servicing Main Lab Site; Call Security At x6999 For Ride To Gates 


Only one Potter Street shuttle is running this evening due to the unexpected cancellation of the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff. It is making the normal loop through the Lab, but rather than have a long wait for the van, Lab Security can drive staff to Blackberry Gate where you can walk down the hill to the Cory Hall stop and ride Bear Transit by showing your Lab ID. The Bear Transit line that services Cory Hall stops running at 7:30 p.m. After that, service is still available at the Foothill Housing stop on a nighttime schedule.


If you are closer to Strawberry Gate, Bear Transit also stops at the Botanical Gardens until 7:19 p.m. Security can drive you to Strawberry Gate as well.


Call Lab Security at 510-486-6999 or x6999 immediately if you would like a ride to either gate. Go to Bear Transit to learn more.


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19 November 2019 2:55 p.m. Update on Guest House


Guest House guests who had previous reservations can return to the Guest House at this time. The Guest House cannot accept new guests or reservations tonight and it will resume normal operations tomorrow.


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19 November 2019 2:22 p.m. Update on Shuttle Services and Cafeteria


Shuttle services will end today at 3 p.m., however service to Potter street will continue today.


Normal shuttle operations will resume tomorrow. The cafeteria will be open tomorrow for normal operations.


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19 November 2019 2:11 p.m. Lab Main Site to Remain Open, Tomorrow’s PSPS Canceled


Dear LBNL Colleagues,


At 2 p.m. we were notified by PG&E that tomorrow’s Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) has been canceled for the Lab’s main site as a result of changing weather conditions.  


The Lab’s main site will remain open and not close at 3 p.m. today. All gates at the Lab’s main site are accessible. The Lab’s main site will be open tomorrow for normal operations.


We will update status.lbl.gov soon with the status of the shuttle service. 


You can stay informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus.


Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer


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19 November 2019 1:47 p.m. IMPORTANT: Update Soon on Lab Status


Dear LBNL Colleagues,


Advisory messages have been issued to the public indicating that due to changes in the weather forecast, PG&E has announced they no longer anticipate a public safety power shutoff in Alameda County tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 20. 


We are actively confirming this information with PG&E, and will provide information soon relating to how this affects the Lab’s main site. 


At this time, we are still operating as if the Lab’s main site will close at 3 p.m. 


We will send an update as soon as we have confirmation from PG&E. 


You can stay informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus.


Thank you for your patience during this event.



Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer


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19 November 2019 - 10:30 a.m. -- Lab Main Site to Close at 3 p.m. Today in Preparation for PG&E PSPS

Dear LBNL Colleagues,


The Lab is continuing to prepare for a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) as outlined in the Level One message yesterday in the absence of formal notice from PG&E. We will continue with the shutdown preparations until we hear different information from PG&E. 


We received informal notice yesterday that PG&E will shut off power as early as 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, as part of their PSPS. In order to prepare the site, the Lab will be closed to all except emergency-essential personnel today, Tuesday, Nov. 19 as of 3 p.m. 


Here is some important information:

  • Please coordinate a time to leave the Lab with your supervisor so we do not have a back up on the roads leaving at 3:00 p.m. 

  • Rockridge and North Berkeley shuttles will start running at noon. The Upper Hill shuttle will begin running at 1 p.m. All shuttles EXCEPT Potter will cease operation at 3 p.m. Potter will continue to run between Downtown Berkeley BART and our off-site locations on its regular schedule through the rest of the day and during the PSPS.

  • The cafeteria will have minimal lunch service, and the coffee bar and the cafeteria will close at 1:00 p.m. 

  • Release your time before leaving work today if you work on the Lab’s main site. 


You can stay informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus.


We will continue to keep you informed.   We know that a shutdown is disruptive and appreciate your patience and understanding as we prepare the Lab.



Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer

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18 November 2019 - 5:30 p.m. -- Possible PG&E Power Shutdown; Red Flag Warning

Dear Colleagues,


As of this message, the Lab is preparing for another Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)  event at its main site. PG&E has issued a PSPS Watch for our area, which includes the Lab, for Wednesday, Nov. 20 starting as early as 6:00 a.m. and running through Thursday, Nov. 21. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning from Tuesday night, Nov. 19  to Thursday morning, Nov. 21 for the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills. Other Lab sites are not expected to be impacted by this possible PSPS. 

 

We are expecting an update from PG&E tomorrow morning.   While we wait for the notification, please take the following steps:

 

  • ALDs, Division Directors, and appropriate members of line management should begin necessary efforts to prepare for a potential power outage including notifying users, guest house visitors, and appropriate emergency-essential personnel. 

  • In addition, for those who do not need to be on-site at the Lab, please encourage your staff to work with their supervisor for an alternate work location for Tuesday, November 19.

  • Tomorrow the Lab will work with the user facilities to establish the best path forward for shutting down operations in the event of a PSPS.

  • Come to work tomorrow morning prepared to shut down operations and make research equipment safe and stable.  If we receive confirmation of a power shut down, the Lab will close at 3:00 p.m.  Please refer to the Laboratory Safety Guidance in Preparation for a Scheduled Power Shutdown for further information. 

  • Emergency Management Team members should be on heightened alert for recall. A duty schedule is being established; please work with Rhett Persaud on your assignment. If confirmation of a PSPS event is received from PG&E, the Emergency Operations Center will convene at noon Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Building 76.  

 

We will update the Lab community when we learn more from PG&E and will post any updates we may receive to status.lbl.gov.


The Lab’s Security and Emergency Services Division will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as information becomes available For more information check status.lbl.gov, follow us @LBNLstatus, and call 1-800-445-5830.

 

 

Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer


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14 November 2019 - 12:00 a.m. -- LBNL is under normal operating conditions.

LBNL is under normal operating conditions.

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13 November 2019 - 5:00 a.m. -- One day strike today, Nov. 13; Prepare to show ID and parking pass at gate

AFSCME SX and EX bargaining units are holding a one day strike today, November 13. Staff should enter and exit at either the Blackberry or Grizzly Gate and be prepared to show both your parking placard and your Lab ID as you enter. Strawberry Gate is reserved for the exclusive use of construction contractors, their subcontractors, and their suppliers and will be closed to staff.

 

The Orange and Rockridge shuttle routes will have slight modifications but the Blue and North Berkley routes will operate as normal. There may be traffic congestion in Berkeley that will delay drivers and the shuttles. Read more at these Frequently Asked Questions. Follow the Lab on Twitter @LBNLstatus.

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29 October 2019 - 4:00 p.m. -- Update: The cafeteria will be operational on Wednesday, October 30.

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29 October 2019 - 3:30 p.m. -- Lab’s Main Site to Reopen Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6 a.m.


Dear Colleagues, 


I’m very pleased to announce the Lab’s main hill site will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6 a.m.  All buildings will be ready for occupancy. If we need to change the status of a building, we will let you know as soon as possible. 


Site access: The Lab’s main hill site remains closed to all but emergency-essential personnel until the Lab reopens on Wednesday at 6 a.m. 


Red Flag Warning: The Lab’s main site is under a Red Flag Warning through Wednesday at 4 p.m. Please take precautions and read more about red flag warning conditions at the Lab.


Safety: Due to high winds, you may encounter debris on roadways and walking paths. In addition, as you return to work, please enter all work areas cautiously, observe and evaluate conditions, and note anything that does not seem right. If you see a safety concern, immediately notify your supervisor. You can use this laboratory and office re-entry sheet to guide you in checking for hazards. 


Status of Lab services:


Gate traffic: All gates will be open at 6 a.m We expect gate congestion between 6 a.m to 7 a.m. tomorrow based on our last PSPS re-opening, so consider choosing a later arrival time to reduce gate congestion.

Cafeteria: to be determined, check for updates

Lab Shuttles: Full service

Site custodial services: Full service

Guest House: Occupants able to return Oct. 30 after 3 p.m.

Health services: Full service 

Please see the Return to Work Information document for details, which will be updated as needed. If you don’t see information about a Lab service that is critical to you, please email emergencymanagement@lbl.gov with questions.


Thank you for your patience, and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Lab tomorrow. After several days of an incredible effort by hundreds of employees, the Lab’s main site will be ready to once again fulfill our science mission. 


For more information and updates on the Lab’s status, check the frequently asked questions and monitor status.lbl.gov, 1-800-445-5830, and @LBNLstatus on Twitter.

 

Michael Brandt

Deputy Lab Director for Operations and

Chief Operating Officer


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29 October 2019 - 8:30 a.m. -- Main Site Remains Closed, Offsite Locations Open


Power was restored to the Lab’s main site Monday evening, however, the Lab remains closed to all but those on the emergency-essential list. Please do not report to the site unless you are specifically called in or are a part of building restart activities. Both the Lab’s main site and our offsite locations are not expected to be impacted by future Public Safety Power Shutdowns associated with this weather event.  

 

The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is fully staffed. Operations and research staff are working on a 12-hour rotating shift to make buildings safe and stable for reoccupation. The EOC is presently working to fully restore operations to re-open the Lab on Wednesday, October 30, however, no final decision has been made. We will keep you updated throughout the process. 


The Lab's offsite locations, including JGI in Walnut Creek, remain open at this time, and there is no indication at this time that any of the Lab’s offsite locations will be closed today. For work locations on the UC Berkeley campus, refer to instructions from https://news.berkeley.edu


Please stay informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus

 

Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer


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29 October 2019 - 6:30 a.m. -- There is no new information at this time.

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28 October 2019 - 9:00 p.m. -- Clarification on Reenergization Process


Clarification on tonight’s message regarding reenergization: Please do not report to the site unless/until you are recalled to assist with the reenergization of the main hill site.  


This evening at 7:00 p.m., the Lab’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was re-activated, and Lab teams are preparing plans for a safe restart of operations on the main hill site. Lab Security personnel is now granting access to the main hill site to those individuals who were previously placed on the emergency-essential personnel list, as needed. However, there is no need to report to the site unless you’re called. Please wait for instructions to do so.


Please note that Berkeley Lab’s main hill site remains closed at this time.


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28 October 2019 - 8:00 p.m. -- PG&E Has Restored Power to Berkeley Lab Main Hill Site, Re-Energization Process Has Begun


Urgent update: In a surprise change of events, PG&E notified us this evening, without warning, that power has been restored to our Grizzly Peak Substation. In addition, PG&E has also notified us that the main hill site is NOT within the area to be affected by tomorrow’s expected Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). As a result, beginning tonight, we have begun the process of reenergizing the Lab’s main hill site.  


Similarly, our offsite locations are not expected to be impacted by a PSPS on Tuesday and Wednesday. 


This evening at 7:00 p.m., the Lab’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was fully re-activated, and the team is preparing for a safe restart of operations on the main hill site. Operations staff will work on rotating 12-hour shifts to execute the Lab’s power restoration plans in a safe and orderly manner, in coordination with area leadership. We will keep you updated throughout this process.


Lab Security personnel is now granting access to the main hill site to those individuals who were previously placed on the emergency-essential personnel list. Personnel entering the site should use the Blackberry Gate and present their badges. 


Please note that Berkeley Lab’s main hill site remains closed at this time. Although there is still a great deal of uncertainty, it is possible the main site could reopen as early as Wednesday morning. This revises information provided this afternoon. 


The Lab's offsite locations, including JGI in Walnut Creek, remain open at this time, and there is no indication at this time that any of the Lab’s offsite locations will be closed tomorrow. For work locations on the UC Berkeley campus, refer to instructions from https://news.berkeley.edu


Please stay informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus

 

Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer



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28 October 2019 - 4:30 p.m. -- Power and Environmental Smoke Update


Today, PG&E notified us that the Lab’s main hill site is within an area that will be subject to another Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) beginning as early as tomorrow morning, October 29, due to strong winds forecast to occur from Tuesday morning through midday Wednesday. 


Berkeley Lab’s main hill site will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30. Power remains out, and the site is in a safe and stable condition. The Lab's offsite locations, including JGI in Walnut Creek, remain open today. At this time, we do not know if the Lab’s offsite locations will also be affected by the new PSPS expected for Tuesday and Wednesday. For work locations on the UC Berkeley campus, refer to instructions from https://news.berkeley.edu. We will keep you updated as we learn more. 


Power outages: To determine if your home may lose power, consult PG&E’s PSPS address look-up tool: https://psps.ss.pge.com/


Remote work: Given the uncertainty of when power will be restored at the Lab’s main hill site, staff assigned to work at the site should discuss remote work options for the next few days with their supervisors. I appreciate everyone’s patience during this period.


EOC staffing: As we communicated yesterday, we have shifted to minimum staffing in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and have further restricted access to the main hill site.


Safe restart: When PG&E restores power to the main hill site, operations staff will work as quickly as possible, on rotating 12-hour shifts, to execute the Lab’s power restoration plans in a safe and orderly manner. We will keep you updated throughout this process.


Environmental smoke: Air quality in the Bay Area is poor today due to the drifting smoke from wildfires in the region. Protective measures, such as wearing a mask, are an individual choice. Consult with your personal health provider for more information if you have existing health issues. Here are resources to help you avoid the effects of environmental smoke. 


Stay informed: Check for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus


Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer


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28 October 2019 - 1:10 p.m. -- There is no new information at this time.

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28 October 2019 - 10:30 a.m. -- Lab’s Main Hill Site to Remain Closed Tomorrow, Oct. 29; Offsite Locations Open

Dear LBNL Colleagues, 


Berkeley Lab’s main hill site will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29. Power remains out, and the site is in a safe and stable condition. 


The Lab's offsite locations, including JGI in Walnut Creek, are open as usual today. For work locations on the UC Berkeley campus, refer to instructions from https://news.berkeley.edu.


At this time, we are working with PG&E to understand the most likely re-energization scenarios for the main site over the next three days. 


Please note that yesterday, PG&E announced that it is monitoring a new strong wind event Tuesday morning through midday Wednesday that could trigger another Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) as early as Tuesday morning, Oct. 29. At this time, we do not know if the Lab will be included in this PSPS event, which could affect the timing of power restoration. We will keep you updated.


Given the uncertainty of when power will be restored at the Lab’s main hill site, staff assigned to work at the site should discuss remote work options spanning the next few days with their supervisor. I appreciate everyone’s patience during this period.


Also, as we communicated yesterday, we have shifted to minimum staffing in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and are further restricting access to the main hill site.


When PG&E restores power to the main hill site, operations staff will work as quickly as possible, on rotating 24-hour shifts, to execute the Lab’s power restoration plans in a safe and orderly manner. We will keep you updated throughout this process.


You can stay informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus


Please note that air quality in the region is poor. Please take care of yourself. You can visit EPA’s AirNow.gov website for the latest air quality information.


Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer


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28 October 2019 - 6:40 a.m. -- There is no new information at this time.

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28 October 2019 - 12:30 a.m. -- There is no new information at this time.

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27 October 2019 - 9:00 p.m. -- Lab Offsite Locations Including JGI Open As Usual Monday

The Lab's offsite locations, including JGI in Walnut Creek, will be open as usual on Monday, Oct. 29. The Lab's main site is without power and remains closed. Access to the main site is very limited.  UC Berkeley has canceled daytime classes for Monday due to limited power.


We will continue to update status.lbl.gov as the situation changes. You can also stay informed by checking 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus.


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27 October 2019 - 6:17 p.m. -- There is no new information at this time.

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27 October 2019 - 2:50 p.m. - Update on Access to Berkeley Lab’s Main Hill Site


Currently, power remains out at Berkeley Lab’s main hill site and fire danger is high. The site is in a safe and stable condition. We are now shifting to minimum staffing in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and further restricting access to the main hill site.  


As of 2:45 p.m. today, Sunday, October 27, and until further notice, the site is restricted to all personnel except the following: individuals approved to be in the EOC, Plant Maintenance Technicians, Protective Force personnel, and a select list of others required to maintain safe operations. What has changed is as follows: until power is restored, security personnel will not grant access to individuals on the emergency-essential personnel list that had been in use since the Lab closure. If you need special access to the site, request access from the representative listed below for your area prior to coming to the site. 


Operations staff: Call the EOC at 510-495-2947

Biosciences Area: Nikki Humphreys, 510-289-7435

Computing Sciences Area: Helen Cademartori, 510-207-3144

Energy & Environmental Sciences Area: Pater Lau, 510-409-4898

Energy Sciences Area: Mike Wisherop, 510-289-1553

Energy Technologies Area: Jerri Carmo, 510-486-7655

Physical Sciences: Asmita Patel, 510-207-9451

 

When PG&E restores power to this location, operations staff will work as quickly as possible, on rotating 24-hour shifts, to execute the Lab’s power restoration plans in a safe and orderly manner. We will keep you updated throughout this process.


As previously announced, Berkeley Lab’s main hill site will remain closed on Monday, October 28; please discuss remote work options with your supervisor. JGI expects to be open Monday morning; JGI personnel should look for communications from JGI management for details. Personnel working at all Berkeley Lab locations other than the main hill site should report to work as usual on Monday. For work locations on the UC Berkeley campus, refer to instructions from https://news.berkeley.edu.

 

You can stay informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus.



Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer



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27 October 2019 - 1:23 p.m. -- There is no new information at this time.

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27 October 2019 - 10:00 a.m. -- Update on Lab’s Power Shutdown

Dear LBNL Colleagues,


At this time, power remains off at Berkeley Lab’s main hill site and PG&E estimates that power might be restored sometime Monday.  As a result, Berkeley Lab’s main hill site will remain closed on Monday, October 28; please discuss remote work options with your supervisor. We will advise you on whether you should report to work Tuesday when that decision is made. 


JGI expects to be open Monday morning; JGI personnel should look for communications from JGI management for details. Personnel working at all Berkeley Lab locations other than the main hill site should report to work as usual on Monday. For work locations on the UC Berkeley campus, refer to instructions from https://news.berkeley.edu.


As we announced last evening, PG&E shut off power at the Lab’s main hill site at 10:01 p.m., Oct. 26, as part of their public safety power shutdown (PSPS). JGI in Walnut Creek continues to have power.


Sustained high winds are expected for at least the next 24 hours. PG&E has announced that its teams will need to inspect power lines and repair damaged equipment before restoring power. Once power is restored, the Lab’s main hill site will remain closed until Lab teams have safely restarted its facilities and operations, which will require a minimum of 24 hours. 


Currently, the Lab’s main hill site is in a safe and stable condition. This morning, we are reducing the level of staffing in the EOC to rest emergency personnel in preparation for restart procedures. When PG&E restores power to this location, operations staff will work as quickly as possible to execute the Lab’s power restoration plans in a safe and orderly manner. We will keep you updated throughout this process. 


You can stay informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus.


If you are in an area that has been affected by a PSPS, please stay safe, and reach out to others who may need your assistance. 


Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer



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27 October 2019 - 7:26 a.m. -- There is no new information.

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26 October 2019 - 10:01 p.m. -- Power Shut Off at LBNL Main Hill Site; JGI Still Has Power 


Dear LBNL Colleagues,


PG&E shut off power at the Lab’s main hill site at 10:01 p.m. today, Oct. 26, as part of their public safety power shutdown (PSPS). At this time, the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in Walnut Creek continues to have power. Berkeley Lab’s main hill site and JGI remain closed to all except emergency-essential personnel. 


We will be advised by PG&E when re-energization at the main hill site will occur. When PG&E restores power to this location, operations staff will work as quickly as possible to execute the Lab’s power restoration plans in a safe and orderly manner. We will keep you updated throughout this process. Tomorrow, Oct. 27, we will let you know the return-to-work status of the main hill site and JGI. 


You can stay informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus.



Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer

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26 October 2019 - 8:08 p.m. -- There is no new information.

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26 October 2019 - 6:12 p.m. -- There is no new information.

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26 October 2019 - 3:50 p.m. -- Afternoon Update on Likely Power Shutdown at JGI and Main Lab Site


Dear LBNL Colleagues,


PG&E has notified Berkeley Lab that it has changed their estimate of when it will shut off power to the Berkeley Lab main hill site and to the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in Walnut Creek as part of the public safety power shutdown (PSPS). The current estimated time for power shutoff at both sites is 7 p.m., today, Oct. 26.


In addition, all buildings and systems at the main site and at JGI will be in a safe and stable condition and ready for power loss by 4 p.m. today. Berkeley Lab’s main hill site and the JGI remain closed to all except those individuals on the emergency-essential personnel access list.


You can stay informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus.



Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer


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26 October 2019 - 3:02 p.m. -- 
There is no new information.

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26 October 2019 - 1:44 p.m. -- There is no new information.

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26 October 2019 - 12:35 p.m. -- UC Berkeley Operational Status

For those Berkeley Lab employees or affiliates who have joint faculty appointments or who work on the UC Berkeley campus, please note that all or some of the UC Berkeley campus is expected to be affected by the public safety power shutoff (PSPS), including Donner Hall. Please check https://news.berkeley.edu for status updates on UC Berkeley operations and closures, and https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/campus-power-outage-october-25-2019 for RESEARCH-specific information.

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26 October 2019 - 11:30 a.m. -- There is no new information.

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26 October 2019 - 10:30 a.m. -- IMPORTANT: Update on Likely Power Shutdown This Weekend at JGI and Main Lab Site

Dear LBNL Colleagues,

PG&E has notified the Lab that it will shut off power to the Lab’s main hill site and to the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in Walnut Creek on Saturday, Oct. 26, due to weather forecasts of extremely high winds and dry conditions this evening through Monday morning. The current estimated time for power shutoff for both sites is 5 p.m.

As a result, these two Lab locations were closed this morning at 7 a.m. The Lab’s main hill site and JGI have been closed to all except those individuals on the emergency-essential personnel access list. The Lab’s other off-site locations are currently not in PG&E’s shutoff zone. 

At the main hill site, Blackberry Gate is the only gate available for entrance and exit. All personnel entering and exiting the main hill site during the closure must use the Blackberry gate and must present their badges to security personnel. At that time, security will check each person’s name against the emergency-essential personnel access list. All personnel entering the site must check in and check out from the site at Building 76 so the EOC knows who is on site at all times.

The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated to prepare for the power shutdown. Last night, Facilities began shutting down non-essential systems and buildings. Other systems and buildings are being de-activated this morning.

Weather conditions may change this timeline and you should keep informed by checking for updates on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account for Lab staff, users, and others: @LBNLstatus.


Michael Brandt
Deputy Director, Operations and
Chief Operating Officer
 

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26 October 2019 - 8:00 a.m. -- There is no new information.

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25 October 2019 - 4:00 p.m. -- IMPORTANT: Potential Power Shutdown This Weekend at JGI and Main Lab Site


Dear LBNL Colleagues,


As we reported this morning, two Lab sites, the main hill site in Berkeley and the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, have a high likelihood of having power shut off on Saturday as part of a PG&E public safety power shutdown (PSPS). This expectation is based on weather forecasts of extremely high winds and dry conditions Saturday evening through Monday morning.


In order to prepare, as of Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 a.m. the main hill site and JGI will be closed to all except those individuals on the emergency-essential personnel access list.  Once the Lab is closed, Blackberry Gate will be the only gate available for entrance and exit. 


The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated to begin preparations. Facilities teams will work through the night to start shutting down non-essential systems and buildings, with other systems and buildings to be de-activated in the morning. 


We have asked that you prepare in the following ways:

  • Before you leave work today, prepare your workspace as you would prior to the annual holiday break. This means cleaning out breakroom refrigerators of perishables; powering off computers, monitors, and peripherals; and turning off lights and closing all windows and doors when you leave. 

  • For research laboratory and specialized facility operations, work with your line manager on shutdown preparations. These guidelines can help get you started

 

Because weather conditions can change, a decision to resume Lab operations will be made as the situation develops and we receive more information from PG&E.


We will continue to provide information on the operations of the Lab at status.lbl.gov, as well as on 1-800-445-5830 and on the Lab’s new Twitter handle for time-critical updates, @LBNLstatus. Please recheck these resources through the weekend for the latest information. 



Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer



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25 October 2019 - 10:00 a.m. -- IMPORTANT: High Probability of a Power Shutoff This Weekend at JGI and Main Lab Site

Dear LBNL Colleagues,

Two Lab sites, the main hill site in Berkeley and the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, have been notified that they are in geographic zones with a high likelihood of being affected by a PG&E public safety power shutdown (PSPS) this weekend. This expectation is based on weather forecasts of extremely high winds and dry conditions.


A power shutoff is expected as early as Saturday 1 p.m. and we will be advised by PG&E when the power will be restored. 


In order to prepare, the main hill site and JGI  will be closed to all except those performing essential shut down operations as of Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 a.m. Once the Lab is closed, Blackberry Gate will be the only gate for entrance and exit to the Lab. 


Because weather conditions can change, a decision to close Lab facilities for a longer time period will be made as the situation develops. 


The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated this afternoon to begin preparation. Facilities teams are staging equipment such as generators today, and EH&S teams are working with laboratories to begin safe shutdown procedures in a timely manner.


We ask that you start preparing in the following ways:

  • Release your time to your manager by noon today.

  • Managers, please approve the time by 1 p.m. today. This will allow the CFO to process time for the monthly payroll before there is a possible loss of power. 

  • Before you leave work today, prepare your workspace as you would prior to the annual holiday break. This means cleaning out breakroom refrigerators of perishables; powering off computers, monitors, and peripherals; and turning off lights and closing all windows and doors when you leave. 

  • For research laboratory and specialized facility operations, work with your line manager on shutdown preparations. These guidelines can help get you started

 

We will continue to provide information on the operations of the Lab at status.lbl.gov, as well as on 1-800-445-5830 and on the Lab’s new Twitter handle for time-critical updates, @LBNLstatus. Please recheck these resources through the weekend for the latest information. 




Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operation Officer

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24 October 2019 - 5:00 p.m. -- IMPORTANT: Potential PG&E Power Shut Down Information

Dear Colleagues,

 

The weather forecast this weekend calls for strong offshore winds Saturday night through Monday morning, which means the danger for wildfires remains high through the weekend. As of Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m., we have NOT received notification from PG&E that the Lab will lose power, but due to these weather conditions, we must prepare for another public safety power shutoff (PSPS) at the Lab’s main site this weekend. 

 

In order for employees to focus on preparing our Lab’s main site for a possible power shutoff, the Runaround, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25, will be postponed.

 

There are several things we need you to do on Friday:

  • Release your time to your manager by Friday at noon.

  • Managers, please approve the time by 1 p.m. Friday. This will allow the CFO to process time for the monthly payroll before there is a possible loss of power. 

  • Prepare your workspace when you leave Friday afternoon as you would prior to the holiday break. This means cleaning out breakroom refrigerators of perishables and powering off computers, monitors, and peripherals. 

  • For laboratory operations, work with your line manager for shutdown preparations. These guidelines can help you get started.


The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center will be monitoring the situation and we will provide information at status.lbl.gov, as well as on 1-800-445-5830 and on the Lab’s new Twitter handle, @LBNLstatus. Please check these resources through the weekend for the latest information.


The Lab’s emergency website has more information on planned public safety power shutoffs and what you can do to prepare at home.  

 

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. 


Michael Brandt

Deputy Director, Operations and

Chief Operating Officer

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23 October 2019 - 3:00 p.m. -- Red Flag Warning Continues Wed. and Thur.

Emergency Management is actively monitoring the weather conditions and will continue to update the Lab population with information as it changes or it is received.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the East Bay Hills (to include the laboratory) now through 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. Read the work policy when a Red Flag Warning has been issued.   

Red Flag Warnings indicate high winds, high temperatures, and low humidity, which can trigger a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS). The Lab and Alameda County are NOT currently in an elevated/watch/warning status for PSPS at this time although sections of nearby counties are under a watch or warning. You can see more on the PG&E website. Follow us @LBNLStatus as well. 

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22 October 2019 - 1:00 p.m. -- Red Flag Warning Wed. and Thur.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the East Bay Hills (to include the laboratory) from noon Wednesday, October 23 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. Read the work policy when a Red Flag Warning has been issued.   

Red Flag Warnings indicate high winds, high temperatures, and low humidity, which can trigger a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS). The Lab and Alameda County are NOT currently in an elevated/watch/warning status for PSPS at this time.

Emergency Management is actively monitoring the situation and will update you with information as it changes or it is received.


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19 October 2019 - 9:00 p.m. -- Blackberry Gate Reopened

The Lab’s Blackberry Gate is back in operation after a brief closure due to a vehicle accident on Cyclotron Road.

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19 October 2019 - 7:45 p.m. -- Blackberry Gate Closed Until Further Notice; Use Grizzly Gate

Until further notice, use the Lab’s Grizzly Gate to enter and exit the Lab. There has been an accident near the UC Berkeley Foothill parking lot that has made the Blackberry Gate inaccessible. 


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15 October 2019 - 9:30 a.m. -- Building 70A Open; Lab Back to Normal Operations

The Lab’s main site is back to full operations after Building 70A opened Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Stay informed on emergencies by bookmarking this page and following @LBNLstatus on Twitter.

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14 October 2019 - 8:30 p.m. -- Building 70A Will Reopen Tuesday, Oct. 15  

On Monday EHS and Facilities teams worked to resolve a number of electrical and ventilation issues. As a result of this work, we anticipate that the building will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9:00 a.m. However, at this time the building remains closed. 

EHS sweeps and clearance of non-radiological areas have been completed. Radiological area sweeps and clearance will be completed tomorrow morning. Please pay attention to any “Notice” or “Caution” signs that may have been posted by EHS. These signs provide advisories in the event a laboratory could not be accessed or if a fume hood or other ventilation device was found to have inadequate ventilation. For assistance in checking ventilation systems upon your reentry, please contact Laurel Davis at ladavis@lbl.gov or 510-610-7737.

Please enter all work areas cautiously, observe and evaluate conditions, and note anything that does not seem right. If you see a safety concern, immediately notify your supervisor. 

Prior to the restart of operations in your workspaces, please complete a restart checklist for each laboratory, confirm appropriate work authorization, and follow any other guidance from your Division. You can download the checklist and make copies as needed.

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14 October 2019-6:00 a.m.

Berkeley Lab resumed operations on Monday, Oct. 14, at 6 a.m. All buildings have been cleared for occupancy except Building 70A. Lab staff who are assigned to work in Building 70A should consult with their supervisor and plan to work at an alternate location on Monday, Oct. 14. Visit the return-to-work information sheet for helpful information.

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13 October 2019-12:15 p.m.

Dear Colleagues, 

I’m very pleased to announce the Lab’s main hill site will reopen tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 14, at 6 a.m. 


When the site reopens, we expect all buildings will be ready for occupancy except building 70A. Lab staff who are assigned to work in 70A should consult with their supervisor and plan to work in alternative locations tomorrow. We will keep you updated. If we need to change the status of other Lab buildings for tomorrow, we will let you know as soon as possible.


Please enter all work areas cautiously, observe and evaluate conditions, and note anything that does not seem right. If you see a safety concern, immediately notify your supervisor. 


Tomorrow, the ALDs will work to verify with their line managers that research assets are safe to resume normal operations. 


We're also happy to report that most Lab services will be fully operational tomorrow:

Gate Access: All gates will be open at 6 a.m 

Cafeteria: Full meal and coffee service 

Lab Shuttles: Full service 

Site custodial services: Full service 

Guest House: Occupants able to return Monday after 3 p.m.

Health services: Full service

Please see the Return to Work Information document for details, which will be updated as needed. If you don’t see information about a Lab service that is critical to you, please email emergencymanagement@lbl.gov.

Also, please note the Lab’s hill site remains closed to all but essential personnel until the Lab reopens on Monday at 6 a.m. During this time, only emergency-essential personnel approved to be on site will be permitted on the hill. Among the many tasks underway today to prepare for tomorrow’s opening, essential research personnel have been called in to turn on equipment, and vendors and subcontractors are on-site to ready services. 


Thank you for your patience, and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Lab tomorrow. After several days of an incredible effort by hundreds of employees, the Lab’s main site will be ready to once again fulfill our science mission. 


For more information and updates on the Lab’s status, check the frequently asked questions and monitor status.lbl.gov, 1-800-445-5830, and @LBNLstatus on Twitter.

 

Michael Brandt

Deputy Lab Director for Operations and

Chief Operating Officer

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12 October 2019-10:15 a.m.

Colleagues,


Our operations teams continue to make significant progress in safely re-energizing buildings and restarting systems on the Lab’s main hill site. I am grateful for the efforts of the more than 300 people who have worked since Tuesday afternoon to take the Lab’s systems and scientific equipment down safely and then begin to restore them in a safe and orderly manner. We remain hopeful for a resumption of normal Lab operations on Monday morning.


Please note that the Lab’s main hill site remains closed today, Saturday, Oct. 12. During this time, only emergency-essential personnel approved to be on site will be permitted on the hill. Unless you have been specifically recalled to assist with our power recovery efforts, please do not come to the Lab until you are instructed to do so.


Our primary concern throughout this event has been the safety of our people. I’m proud of our team for working carefully and deliberately so that every one of our people goes home safely


This is an amazing team effort. Here is a partial list of the groups that have been involved in the response and recovery efforts: facilities, EH&S, emergency management, security, fire, our research areas, DOE’s Bay Area Site Office, building managers, IT, human resources, finance, janitorial services, communications, and more. Undoubtedly, many more of our people will be assisting in the next 36 hours as we work toward resuming normal operations.


Again, thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you on our progress. For more information and updates on the Lab’s status, check the frequently asked questions and monitor status.lbl.gov, 1-800-445-5830, and @LBNLstatus on Twitter.

 

Michael Brandt

Deputy Lab Director for Operations and

Chief Operating Officer

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11 October 2019-10:43 a.m.

 

Facilities crews are executing the Lab’s power restoration plan this morning in a safe and orderly manner. 

 

The Lab’s main location will remain closed for business today, Friday, Oct. 11, and other Lab locations including JGI, Emery Station East, Potter Street, and OCFO, remain open. If you have an office or lab on the UC Berkeley campus, check its website for status. Our primary objective is safety and restarting the laboratory facilities.  We will continue to update you over the next few days on our progress.

 

The restoration work is done following detailed procedures, where power is first restored to a building, and then systems such as heating and air conditioning, fire alarms, elevators, and chillers are restarted. Each piece of equipment is then turned on and tested for safe and stable operations. 

 

During this time, only emergency-essential personnel approved to be on site will be permitted on the hill. Unless you have been specifically recalled to assist with our power recovery efforts, please do not come to the Lab until you are instructed to do so.

 

Although we expect this process to take approximately 36 hours, I want to stress that we will take the time needed to do this safely. 

 

For updates, continue to monitor status.lbl.gov, 1-800-445-5830, and @LBNLstatus on Twitter.

 

 

Michael Brandt

Deputy Lab Director for Operations and

Chief Operating Officer

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10 October 2019-8:10 p.m.

Late this afternoon, PG&E restored power to the substation that provides electrical power to the Lab’s main hill site. Now we will begin the hard work of restoring the Lab to normal, safe operations. Please note: As we have previously communicated, it will take 36-48 hours for Lab personnel to return the main site to safe and stable operations after power is fully restored. Thus, the Lab will remain closed for business on Friday, Oct. 11. Our optimistic estimate is that normal Lab operations could resume Monday morning, October 14.

Why does it take so long to restore the Lab to normal operations? The answer lies in the complexity of the Lab and its systems. To return the Lab to safe operations, qualified Lab staff must systematically restore power to each of the nearly 100 individual buildings on the hill and then restore power to individual pieces of equipment in stages, certifying that each piece of equipment is stable and safe to operate. They must carefully return all life safety systems, such as fire protection systems, heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, elevators, and other support systems to normal operation. Some equipment, such as large chillers, can require several hours before they can be certified as fully and safely operational. Once all equipment is operating normally, teams from EH&S will then conduct a walk-through of each building to make sure it is safe to occupy.

All of this must be accomplished with careful attention to the safety of our operations and support teams. During this time, only emergency-essential personnel approved to be on site will be permitted on the hill. Unless you have been specifically recalled to assist with our power recovery efforts, please do not come to the Lab until you are instructed to do so.

I want you to know that we understand that this power shutdown has significantly impacted the Lab’s important work. I appreciate your patience as we have navigated this unprecedented event for the Lab and the Bay Area. 

For updates, continue to monitor status.lbl.gov, 1-800-445-5830, and @LBNLstatus on Twitter.

Michael Brandt
Deputy Lab Director for Operations and
Chief Operating Officer


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10 October 2019-10:57 a.m.

PG&E shut off power to the Lab’s hill location at 12:18 a.m this morning. All Lab facilities and buildings at the main site are in a safe and stable condition. The Lab’s main hill site will remain closed tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 11, and will be closed until further notice. 


Unless you are part of the emergency response effort or are recalled, please do not come to the Lab’s main site until you have received notice from a Level 1 message with specific instructions on reopening. The UC Berkeley campus is also closed. Lab staff who work in facilities at the UC Berkeley campus should not report to their work locations and instead find alternative locations. Other Lab locations, including JGI, Emery Station East, Potter Street, and OCFO, remain open.

 

At this time, we cannot provide a detailed timeline on when the Lab’s main site will reopen. The site will remain closed until PG&E restores power to the site and the Lab has restarted our facilities and operations in an orderly and safe manner. The process of safely re-energizing the Lab after power is restored can take approximately 36 hours. Our most optimistic estimate is that Lab operations will resume Monday, October 14.

Emergency Operations Center staff are finalizing re-energization plans at this time. We will provide more information about this restart process in future updates.



An FAQ with general information about the power shutdown and specific information on user facilities, IT, timekeeping and payroll, and transportation is available here.
Continue to check for information on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, or at @LBNLstatus.

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10 October 2019 - 12:20 a.m.

The Lab’s main location will be closed until further notice. PG&E shut off power to the Lab’s main location at 12:18 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 as winds are predicted to increase in the next few hours and shutting off power reduces the risk of starting a wildfire. The Lab’s main location on the hill was closed on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in anticipation of this event. Other Lab locations, including JGI, Emery Station East, Potter Street, and OCFO, remain open.


If you have been designated as performing an essential function to re-energize the Lab, please be on standby for recall. We are sorry we cannot provide a detailed timeline for when people can return to the Lab’s main site, but we are dependent on PG&E’s restoring power before we can begin our re-energization plan which will take approximately 36 hours to implement. 


Unless you are recalled, do not come to the Lab until you have received an email that provides a specific date and time for the reopening of the Lab’s main site.

 

Continue to check for information on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, or at @LBNLstatus.


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9 October 2019- 4:45 p.m. 

The Lab’s main location will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 10, since we have been notified by PG&E that they plan to shut off power to the Lab later this evening. If you normally work at the Lab’s main location, please continue to work from an alternative location on Thursday. Other Lab locations, including JGI, Emery Station, Potter Street, and OCFO will be open and continue to operate normally on Thursday. 


A public safety power shutdown is unprecedented for the Lab and for northern California. PG&E has informed its customers that once power is turned off, it will remain off until its crews can inspect power lines and repair any damage, a process that can take days. At this time, it is unclear when the Lab’s main location will reopen. 

 

Representatives across the Lab are working together in the Emergency Operations Center to plan for the re-energization of the Lab in a methodical and safe way to protect our people and our assets before we re-occupy the Lab. 

 

Continue to check for information on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, or at @LBNLstatus. Thank you for your patience in this fluid situation.


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9 October 2019- 2 p.m. FAQ UPDATES


New FAQs have been added relating to user facilities and the Guest House. Go here to view.

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9 October 2019-12:10 p.m. FAQ UPDATES


New FAQs have been added relating to timekeeping and payroll questions. Go here to view.

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9 October 2019- 10 a.m. UPDATE: FAQs Now Available

Go here to view frequently asked questions regarding the power shut down.


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9 October 2019 - 6:30 a.m. Berkeley Lab Main Hill Site Closed on Wednesday, Oct. 9, Off-Hill Lab Locations Remain Open

PG&E has notified the Lab that it will shut off power to the main campus sometime today, Oct. 9, to minimize the risk of a wildland fire. As a result, the Lab’s main location on the hill was closed at 12:01 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, Oct. 9, and the main hill site will remain closed through today. Lab personnel and visitors are not to report to the main Lab hill site today.

Other Lab locations, including JGI, Emery Station, Potter Street, and OCFO, will remain open, and Lab personnel working at those off-hill sites should report to work as usual today. Those staff reporting to work should take extra care commuting to work; some local safety services are down, including traffic lights at some intersections.

How to stay in touch 
Lab personnel should continue to monitor status.lbl.gov, call 1-800-445-5830, or follow a new Twitter account @LBNLstatus for status updates. Time-critical information will be shared via LabAlert to those who have signed up for text messaging or with their personal email. 

Here is the latest information the Lab has on the situation:

The main hill site will remain closed until PG&E restores power and the Lab has safely restarted our facilities and operations. PG&E has informed customers that once power is turned off, it will remain off until its crews can inspect power lines and repair any damage, a process that can take days. At this time, it is unclear when the Lab will reopen.

Only those personnel performing essential functions (those previously placed on the emergency-critical personnel list) will be permitted on the site during the closure. Blackberry Gate is the only gate that will be open during the shutdown, and it will be staffed 24/7. Emergency-critical personnel will need to show their badges to access the Lab main site. 

The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is executing the Lab’s emergency plan.

The Lab’s off-hill locations are expected to have power; if you are assigned to one of those locations, you are expected to come to work as scheduled on Wednesday. If you cannot report to work due to power issues elsewhere, talk with your supervisor about alternate work arrangements. If you use public transportation, check their website for updates on any service interruptions. 

Lab shuttle services between BART and among Lab’s off-hill locations are expected to be operational. There will be no shuttle service to and from the main hill site.

The Lab expects to be able to keep IT Services working, but some service disruptions are possible. Email, G Suite tools, and essential business systems should remain operable. There will be disruptions to scientific computing resources such as SVM and Lawrencium. 


Watch for updates about the closure at status.lbl.gov.

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8 October 2019 - 10:15 p.m. UPDATE Caltrans HQ Reports that the Caldecott Tunnel Will Remain Open During The Public Safety Power Shutoff

UPDATE: Caltrans is working through the night with our partners to provide power to both the Caldecott and Devil’s Slide tunnels. Motorists can expect them to be open during the power shutdown. Stay tuned to local media and use @511SFBay for the latest updates and check https://twitter.com/CaltransD4 or the Caltrans website for the latest information before you travel.

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8 October 2019 - 8:30 p.m. UPDATE Caltrans May Close Caldecott Tunnel; Check Website Before Traveling

Caltrans is considering closing the Caldecott Tunnel that links Contra Costa and Alameda counties if they cannot get back-up generators to support the ventilation, lighting, and fire suppression systems in the tunnel. Please check https://twitter.com/CaltransD4 or the Caltrans website for the latest information before you travel.

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8 October 2019 - 4:26 p.m. Lab Power Will be Shut Off for Main Site After Midnight; Lab Will Be Closed on Oct. 9

PG&E has notified the Lab that it will shut off power to the main campus sometime after midnight to minimize the risk of a wildland fire. As a result, the Lab’s main location on the hill will be closed effective Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 12:01 a.m. and will remain closed until PG&E restores power and the Lab has safely restarted our facilities and operations.  All personnel except for those performing essential  functions should leave the Lab by midnight.

PG&E has stated that once power is turned off, it will remain off until they can inspect power lines and repair any damage, a process that can take up to five days. 

We need you to stay in touch
Personnel who are not working at the hill should continue to monitor status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account, @LBNLstatus for return to work information. This information will also be shared via LabAlert to those who have signed up for text messaging or with their personal email.

Here is the latest information the Lab has on the situation:

The Lab is taking action
The Lab has activated and staffed the Emergency Operations Center. Representatives from across the Lab are executing the Lab’s emergency plan and moving forward with shutdown procedures in order to power down the Lab in an orderly and safe manner.

Please ensure there are no active experiments in your area, and everything has been placed in a safe and stable mode. Please contact your facilities manager if you have questions. 

Coming to work
Those who are assigned to the Lab’s main location on the hill are not to report to work on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

The Lab’s offsite locations in Walnut Creek, Emeryville, and Berkeley are expected to have power, and if you are assigned to one of those locations you are expected to come to work as scheduled on Wednesday. If you cannot report to work due to power issues elsewhere, talk with your supervisor about alternate work arrangements. If you use public transportation, check their website for updates on any service interruptions.

During the power shutdown, only emergency-essential personnel will be allowed on site. Blackberry Gate is the only gate that will be open and it will be staffed 24/7.  

We will do everything we can to keep IT Services working. Email, G Suite tools, and essential business systems should remain operable. There will be disruptions to scientific computing resources such as SVM and Lawrencium. 

You can learn more at the Lab’s FAQs and by reviewing information on the Lab’s Planned Power Shutdown webpage.

All Lab staff, affiliates, users, and visitors are asked to check for information on status.lbl.gov, at 1-800-445-5830, and on a new Twitter account, @LBNLstatus.

Prepare at home
Take this time to prepare at home. Make sure you have plenty of food and water, your phones are charged, you have cash in small bills, your gas tank is full, that you know how to open your garage door using the emergency release, and that you have a plan for eating consumables safely in the absence of refrigeration. If you have children, contact their school or daycare provider about their plans for a power shutdown.  You can see more preparation tips on the Lab’s emergency page.

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7 October 2019 - 4:45 PM - Possible Power Shutoff and Fire Weather Watch - October 9 and 10, 2019


Due to wildland fire risks, Pacific Gas & Electric has placed 29 Northern California counties, including Alameda and Contra Costa counties, on a “watch” status for Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 9 and 10. 

The Lab has been given a 48-hour advance notice from PG&E of a possible public power shutoff. We have been notified that a shutdown in the area could start as early as 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The Lab is taking preliminary steps and preparing to execute its site plans for a safe power shutdown should it become necessary.


Please stay alert for additional messages as the situation develops. You should also take steps to personally prepare for the possibility of a power shutdown at the Lab and at your home. 


If a power shutoff occurs, it will last until PG&E and local authorities determine there is no longer a critical fire danger and PG&E has had a chance to assess the electrical systems and repair and restore power, as necessary. This could be several hours or a few days.


In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch, valid for the North Bay Hills and Valleys, East Bay Hills and Valleys, Diablo Range, and the Santa Cruz Mountains from Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5 a.m. through Thursday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. A Fire Weather Watch means upcoming weather conditions could result in extensive wildland fire occurrences or extreme fire behavior. 

The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center will be monitoring the situation and will provide information via LabAlert, and at status.lbl.gov, as well as on 1-800-445-5830. Please check these resources prior to your morning or afternoon commute, and prepare accordingly. 


See the frequently asked questions about how a possible power shutoff will impact the Lab and its operations, and use the resource list below to prepare at home and stay informed.  Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


Berkeley Lab

Lab Loss of Commercial Power

Lab Power Outage FAQs

Lab Safe and Stable Shutdown Process

Berkeley Lab Weather Tower

Emergency Preparation at Home


PG&E Information

PG&E Public Safety Shutoff

PG&E Outage Map

PG&E List of Proposed Shutoff Counties/Cities


National Weather Service

National Weather Service


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27 September 2019 - 10AM-2PM - Update: Indico Upgrade Completed

The LBL Indico instance (https://conferences.lbl.gov) was upgraded from v1.2 to v2.22 which provides a new interface and features in addition to bug fixes after being inaccessible from 10AM-2PM on Friday, September 27, 2019.
You can no
w log into Indico with your Berkeley Lab Identity credentials using single sign-on (SSO). The first time you login, you may notice a message letting you know it is the first time you have used this form of authentication to login.

This and other changes are highlighted in the Commons page here: https://commons.lbl.gov/x/FgGoCg
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25 September 2019 - 9:30 AM - Update: Lab Under Normal Operations

The lab is no longer under a Red Flag Warning or a Public Safety Power Shut Off Watch.

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23 September 2019 - 9:30 AM - Update: PG&E Power Shutoffs and Red Flag Warning

PG&E has notified its customers that there is a reasonable chance of a public service power shutdown (PSPS) in some areas of the North and East Bay in the next 72 hours due to a combination of windy and dry conditions. Although this won't necessarily affect the Lab, watch for updates as the situation changes. The Lab is also under a Red Flag Warning from Monday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. until Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. Please review the working conditions when we are under a Red Flag Warning.


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22 September 2019 - 5 PM - Update: Lab Open As Usual Monday 

Berkeley Lab will be open for business as usual on Monday, as Alameda and Contra Costa counties continue on alert only at this time for a Pacific Gas & Electric public safety power shutoff (PSPS). PG&E has put parts of other northern California counties on a public safety power shutoff watch for the next few days as the weather is forecast to be warm with dry offshore winds.  

The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor the situation in case the alert status of Alameda and Contra Costa counties changes.  Information will be provided via LabAlert, emails, status.lbl.gov, and at 1-800-445-5830.

PG&E is using public safety power shutoffs to reduce the possibility of wildfires during high winds and other conditions that can lead to a wildfire. You can follow the PG&E weather forecasting model to learn more. See the Lab’s emergency website for more information on how you can prepare at home and at work for a public safety power shutdown.


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20 September 2019 - 5 PM - Potential PG&E Shutdown on Monday and Tuesday

Pacific Gas & Electric has sent a preliminary notice to customers, including Berkeley Lab, that it might shut down electricity on Monday or Tuesday in parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties due to dry windy conditions that meet the company's thresholds for a precautionary public safety power shutdown. This action is intended to minimize the risk of wildfires. The shutdown, if it occurs, would last until there is no longer a fire threat and PG&E has had a chance to assess the electrical systems and repair and restore power, as necessary. You can follow the PG&E weather forecasting model to learn more.

We ask that you monitor the situation over the weekend, and look for additional emails or Lab Alerts. If you have not signed up for Lab Alert, please do so immediately on your Lab or personal mobile device. 

If you perform essential work in one of the Lab’s scientific or operations areas, discuss your availability status with your supervisor, should you need to be called into the Lab to respond.

See the Lab’s emergency website for more information on how you can prepare at home and at work for a public safety power shutdown.

The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center will be monitoring the situation and will provide information via LabAlert, emails, at status.lbl.gov, and at 1-800-445-5830.

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4 September 2019 - 5:00 PM - Scheduled Voice Mail Maintenance
The voice mail system will be unavailable starting at 5:00 PM for approximately one hour.  Messages cannot be left or retrieved during this time.
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30 August 2019 - 11:47 AM - DNS Intermittent Failures - Resolved

This outage is resolved as of ~2pm.   
Previous information follows:
Outage: Intermittent DNS failures are causing slow network response times and intermittent application outages

General Impact: Our DNS servers are having trouble responding to queries.  The servers are having longer than normal response times for those queries to increase and some queries are failing.  These failures may manifest themselves as slow web pages, login failures, and slow server response times.
we are investigating the cause of the issue and will update you as we have more information


Status: Unscheduled


30 August 2019 9:30 AM - Voice Mail Maintenance (unscheduled) - Service Restored 10:22 AM
The voice mail system is undergoing maintenance.  Messages cannot be left or retrieved at this time.
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23 August 2019 - PMP Signing Process

The issue which prevented users from signing their PMP documents has been resolved, however, we are still working on the following issues:
  • Supervisors and staff may see their PMP status not updating on the PMP site even after completing the signing process
  • Statistics on who has signed PMP documents are not updating 

21 August 2019 - PMP Signing Process
An issue was identified which was preventing the Performance Management Process to initialize the process to sign PMP documents.  This issue appears to have been resolved, but we are still monitoring the signing process.

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31 July 2019, 8:30 AM SMARTSHEETS OUTAGE -- Service Restored 1:40 PM

Smartsheet is reporting that Smartsheet application, mobile app, and API are offline.  For more information please see: https://status.smartsheet.com/ 

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18 July 2019 PERSONNEL ACCOUNTABILITY DRILL CONCLUSION

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory personnel accountability drill is now complete. Thank you for your participation. 

18 July 2019, 0830 AM, PERSONNEL ACCOUNTABILITY DRILL

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a personnel accountability drill on July 18th. The drill will be initiated at 8:00 AM. LabAlert will send notifications by text and email; personnel are asked to select the option that best fits their status. If you receive a notification that you believe is suspicious and not part of the personnel accountability drill, please contact LBNL Cyber Security at security@lb.gov.

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2 July 2019 8:21 AM

Email delivery is back to normal.

Email is currently experiencing a delay in sending and receiving messages.  The email team is currently investigating.



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18 June 2019, 8:00 AM

Google is reporting that some users are having trouble gaining access to Google Calendar. More information is available here, and we are monitoring the status of this issue.



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10 June 2019, 9:00 PM

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Tuesday, June 11 at 9 p.m. with the following suggestions:


  • Drink more water than usual

  • Limit outdoor strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day

  • Seek air-conditioned buildings

  • Check up on others who might have trouble in this heat


Although there is currently no Red Flag Warning issued, please take additional fire safety precautions. The Fire Department is actively monitoring conditions in the Hills, and we are aware of smoke drifting from regional fires that are affecting the Lab.


At the Lab, when interior temperatures exceed the recommended guidance range of 65°F to 85°F, division directors, unit heads, and supervisors should use their discretion in modifying employee work assignments, including changes in location, changes in time of the beginning or end of the workday, sharing duties, etc. Line managers should consider employee medical and physical conditions when applying this temperature range as a guideline (Work Process C).


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23 May 2019, 12:20PM

Resolved at 12:40PM.   Previous: Outgoing calls are impacted due to an unknown issue.   Emergency (911) calls are not impacted.


16 May 2019, 5:32AM

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME), SX bargaining unit, and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE), RX and TX bargaining units, have notified the University of California of intent to conduct a UC-system-wide one day strike on Thursday, May 16. Approximately 68 Berkeley Lab employees are members of the AFSCME SX bargaining unit and approximately 265 Berkeley Lab employees are members of the UPTX RX and TX bargaining units. The strike is expected to begin on Thursday, May 16, at midnight and end on Thursday, May 16, at 11:59 p.m.  


At Berkeley Lab, gate restrictions and shuttle bus route changes will be in place during the strike. Please plan for possible traffic congestion in Berkeley and delays at Blackberry and Grizzly Gates.

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24 April 2019, 5:32PM

Temporary outage of email delivery has been resolved.   There are 15,000 messages in the queue that will be delivered over the coming hours.   Users may experience delays in inbound and outbound email until the backlog is worked through.   RESOLVED.   More information: https://commons.lbl.gov/display/itdivision/2019/04/24/%5BResolved%5D+Email+Delivery+Outage



11 April 2019, 0530PM PERSONNEL ACCOUNTABILITY DRILL CONCLUSION

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory personnel accountability drill is now complete. Thank you for your participation. 

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11 April 2019, 0830 AM, PERSONNEL ACCOUNTABILITY DRILL

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a personnel accountability drill on April 11th. The drill will be initiated at 8:30 AM. LabAlert will send notifications by text and email; personnel are asked to select the option that best fits their status. If you receive a notification that you believe is suspicious and not part of the personnel accountability drill, please contact LBNL Cyber Security at security@lb.gov.

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9 April 2019, 2PM

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME), SX and EX bargaining units, and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE), RX and TX bargaining units, have notified the University of California of intent to conduct a UC-system-wide one day strike on Wednesday, April 10. Approximately 68 Berkeley Lab employees are members of the AFSCME SX bargaining unit and approximately 265 Berkeley Lab employees are members of the UPTX RX and TX bargaining units. The strike is expected to begin on Wednesday, April 10, at midnight and end on Wednesday, April 10, at 11:59 p.m.  

At Berkeley Lab, gate restrictions and shuttle bus route changes will be in place during the strike. Please plan for possible traffic congestion in Berkeley and delays at Blackberry and Grizzly Gates.

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7 April 2019, 8PM

Collaboration Services upgraded the Confluence software on commons.lbl.gov to fix performance issues - Completed as of 8:30PM on 7 April 2019

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5 April 2019, 6PM

Collaboration Services upgraded the Confluence software on commons.lbl.gov to fix a security vulnerability. - Completed as of 7PM on 5 April 2019

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25 March 2019, 8:00 AM

Some users are reporting problems using Multifactor Authentication to log in to LBL systems.  The Identity Management and Networking teams are looking into this issue. -- Resolved as of 9:00 AM 25 March 2019

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24 March 2019, 12 PM - 4PM, PLANNED VOICEMAIL SYSTEM OUTAGE



Telephone Services will be performing updates on the voicemail servers. The voicemail system will be out of service during this time period.

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19 March 2019, 9:00 AM


Please practice patience as the UPTE and AFSCME unions will conduct a UC system-wide one-day strike on Wednesday. Gate restrictions and shuttle bus route changes will be in place, and there may be delays due to picketers. Be prepared to show your ID badge and parking placard to access the Lab. 

Lab staff, suppliers, visitors, and guests must use the Blackberry or Grizzly Gates only. The Grizzly Gate will be open for entry into the Lab from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the strike. The Blackberry Gate will be open 24 hours.

Strike-related questions should be sent to strikeinfo@lbl.gov.

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14 March 2019, 3:20 PM

The power has been restored to Building 971. As a reminder, personnel will return to work on normal schedules Friday, March 15th. 


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14 March 2019, 1:58 PM

A power outage has impacted Building 971. Power is not expected to resume until 4:00 PM. Building occupants are asked to gather their personal belongings and evacuate the building. Personnel are authorized to telework the remainder of the day or go to an alternate work location. Normal operations will resume March 15th. 

For updates, please visit the PG&E outage website: https://m.pge.com/#outages 

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5 February 2019, 6:00 AM

The National Weather Service and local news media are reporting low temperatures and precipitation including snow and sleet in some areas of the East Bay this morning. Berkeley Lab commuters are asked to check 511.org for road conditions prior to leaving for work, and to drive with extra care in higher elevations or challenging driving conditions. If you need additional time to get to work, please contact your supervisor. Your safety is the highest priority.

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4 February 2019, 10:00 PM

The National Weather Service is forecasting low temperatures and precipitation including snow and hail in some areas of the East Bay on Tuesday morning, Feb. 5. Berkeley Lab commuters are asked to check the National Weather Service for local weather updates, and 511.org for road conditions prior to leaving for work, and to drive with extra care in higher elevations or challenging driving conditions. If you need additional time to get to work, please contact your supervisor. Your safety is the highest priority.  

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19 January 2019, 9:15 AM

We are investigating issues with the authentication servers.   MFA logins to HRIS and FMS are currently unavailable.   There may be additional authentication issues as well.  Investigating.


9 January 2019, 10:30 AM

Zoom is reporting system-wide disruptions to video teleconferencing and other services. Google Hangouts Meet is not disrupted. For more information please see the IT-Division Outage Blog.  

Zoom service has been restored as of 11:30 AM

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18 December 2018, 9:30 PM
Commons (commons.lbl.gov) is down for scheduled maintenance and will be complete within the next hour.
The work is complete as of 10:15 PM

Personnel Accountability Drill Tuesday, December 11th

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a personnel accountability drill on December 11th. The drill will be initiated at 8:00 AM through the PA system. LabAlert will send notifications by text, email, and phone; personnel are asked to select the option that best fits their status. If you receive a notification that you believe is suspicious and not part of the personnel accountability drill, please contact LBNL Cyber Security at security@lb.gov.

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20 November 2018, 4:00 PM

We are continuing to monitor the air quality in the region. The air quality is forecast to improve as rain begins Wednesday. 


For more information, see our air quality resource page. Please monitor your work email and status.lbl.gov for updates.

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19 November 2018, 4:00 PM

We are continuing to monitor the air quality in the region. 

  • The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an advisory through Tuesday, Nov. 20 due to smoke from the fire in Butte County.

  • Air quality has improved since last week.

  • The weather forecast predicts we will have rain by mid-week.

  • The Lab will continue normal operations on Tuesday, and we will continue to monitor air quality conditions.


Please keep the following options in mind to minimize the impact of smoke:

● Talk with your supervisor about alternate work options if you have concerns about the air quality at your work location.

● The Lab’s Health Services in Building 26 is available for consultation. No appointment is needed.

● We have internal air quality monitors located at five of our buildings to get representative air data so we can understand what is happening across the hill. This data will be used in planning for similar situations in the future. You can access the monitoring information at www.purpleair.com.

● Protective measures, such as wearing a mask, are an individual choice.  Consult with your personal health provider for more information if you have existing health issues.  If you choose a mask, read more about masks and how to use them.  


For more information, see our air quality resource page. Please monitor your work email and status.lbl.gov for updates.

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18 November 2018, 1:40 PM


While the region’s air quality has improved significantly since Friday, smoke from the fire in Butte County continues to impact the Bay Area. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an advisory through Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Lab will continue normal operations on Monday, but please keep the following options in mind to minimize the impact of smoke: 

Talk with your supervisor about alternate work options if you have any concerns about the air quality at your work location.
The Lab’s Health Services in Building 26 is available for consultation. No appointment is needed. 
We have added internal air quality monitors to five of our buildings to get representative air data so we can understand what is happening across the hill. This data will be used in planning for similar situations in the future. You can access the monitoring information at www.purpleair.com.
Protective measures, such as wearing a mask, are an individual choice.  Consult with your personal health provider for more information if you have existing health issues.  If you choose a mask, read more about masks and how to use them.  

For more information, see our air quality resource page.


Please monitor your work email and status.lbl.gov for updates.

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16 November 2018, 5:25 AM


Due to the ongoing poor air quality in the region, we are encouraging employees who feel that they have better air quality at home than at work, to work remotely today. This applies to all Lab locations.  Please communicate with your supervisor as soon as possible about your work options.


The Lab is not closed today, and all essential operational services will continue, including shuttles, maintenance, deliveries, etc.  All scheduled outdoor work will be postponed for today.


In view of the current conditions, and to ensure that everyone who would like to attend the vigil can do so, we will reschedule the event we had planned for today at 3 p.m. to observe the UN National Day of Tolerance.


Please monitor your work email and status.lbl.gov for updates.


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15 November 2018, 2:40 PM

Early-release today

Due to the current air quality, we are authorizing a two-hour early release pending the approval of your supervisor. This applies to all Lab locations. By releasing employees early we hope to shorten your commute this afternoon.


All employees should report to work tomorrow morning. Monitor your work email and status.lbl.gov for updates.

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08 November 2018, 4:10 PM

Air Quality and Fire Danger Alerts

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality advisory through Friday, November 9 due to wildfire smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County, Calif. Please visit the BAAQMD website for health guidance and more information. Go here for real-time air quality readings.

In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the East Bay Hills, North Bay Mountains, and Santa Cruz Mountains through Friday, November 9, at 7:00 a.m. This Red Flag Warning means there is an elevated potential for rapid fire spread in specified areas and increased risk of heat-related illnesses. Additional fire safety precautions are warranted. Visit this National Weather Service site to see the regional extent and the status of the Red Flag Warning (click the “Red Flag Warning” tab for details).

Visit status.lbl.gov for Lab status updates.  


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24 October 2018, 5:30 pm

The electrical service to Buildings 50B and 50F has been restored, and occupants of those buildings can return to work Wednesday.  Business systems experienced temporary outages this afternoon as a result of networking changes made during the power outage.   Science VM infrastructure is now fully operational.  Cluster computing will return to service over the next 24 hours.

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23 October 2018, 5:30 p.m.

The electrical service to Buildings 50B and 50F has been restored, and occupants of those buildings can return to work Wednesday.  Business systems remain up and running, and the science systems will be brought online and restored over the next one to two business days.

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23 October 2018, 3 p.m.

Power continues to be down in Buildings 50B and 50F.  The vendor is on site working on repairing the damaged transformer that failed yesterday.  If all goes well, we hope to have power restored by 5:00 p.m.  Look for an update later this afternoon.  


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22 October 2018, Noon

System Lab-wide impacts:


  • The LETS sweep has been postponed from noon today to 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

  • Key lab Business systems are expected to be restored this afternoon, supported by temporary cooling - however these may go offline again if temporary cooling fails.

  • Scientific computing systems including clusters and SVM cannot be brought back online until normal power and cooling are restored. There is currently no ETA for this.


Strike information:

  • Make sure you have your Lab badge for entrance to the Lab.

  • Stay connected on all the latest information on the strike by checking TABL.



Electrical Update:

  • The Facilities group has been notified of several specific equipment outages in buildings other than those identified in the earlier Level 1 email.  Facilities teams are responding as quickly as possible to address these issues. If additional equipment outages are discovered, please contact the appropriate Facility Area Manager for the respective building.

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22 October 2018, 9:40 AM

Power has been restored to B50, B50A, B50C and B50E.  B50B, and B50F are still without power, and will likely be without power for the remainder of the day.  There is damage to the switch that provides power to these two buildings. Facilities is working with a vendor and will be able to provide a better assessment of when power will be restored to these two buildings later today.  In the meantime, people who work in B50B and B50F should work with their supervisor to find another place to work. There are some areas that are very dark in these buildings.  Below is the status of the IT systems that I sent in the last email.

Most IT systems are expected to be out of service until electricity is restored.  This includes:
  • Business Systems: FMS, HRIS, CHESS, Maximo, etc
  • Collaboration Applications:  Commons, Conferences (indico), Grouper (e.g. CIFS Shares)
  • Science Systems:  All HPCS Clusters, Science Virtual Machine Service
  • Colocation:  Customer-owned systems located in B50B-2109C colocation facility
Lab authentication systems, Gmail and the rest of G-sute are functioning normally, as is networking to buildings with power.  Telephony is functioning normally in all facilities.

Check status.lbl.gov for updates.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding.  I will send an update later today.

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22 October 2018, 9:05 AM

Preliminary Information:   50A,C,E expected to be restored this AM.  No ETA for 50B,F.   IT systems still offline, dependent on 50B power.

8:25AM Update:
As of 6:00 AM today, a major power disruption impacted the entire site and has left 50 Complex, 2, and the Guest House without power.   Current ETA for repair is 6-8 hours (2 and Guest House have been restored). See Level 1 emails for more information.

IT Specific Information:

As a result of the electric outage in the 50 complex, most IT systems are expected to be out of service until electricity is restored.  This includes:
  • Business Systems:  FMS, HRIS, CHESS, Maximo, etc.
  • Collaboration Applications:   Commons, Conferences (Indico), Grouper(e.g. CIFS Shares),
  • Science Systems:  All HPCS Clusters, Science Virtual Machine Service
  • Colocation:  Customer-owned systems located in 50B-2109C colocation facility.
  • Lab authentication systems, Gmail, and the rest of Gsuite are functioning normally, as is networking to buildings with power.
  • Telephony is functioning normally in all facilities. 

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19 October 2018, 2:30 PM

Three Day Strike Called Beginning Oct. 23; Changes to Gate Access and Shuttle Services

The AFSCME and UPTE bargaining units representing UC and Berkeley Lab employees are conducting a strike across the UC system starting Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4 a.m., and continuing through Friday, Oct. 26 at 3:59 a.m.

At Berkeley Lab, gate restrictions and shuttle bus route changes will be in place.


Lab staff, suppliers, visitors, and guests must use the Blackberry or Grizzly Gates only. The Grizzly Gate will be open for entry into the Lab from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the strike. The Blackberry Gate will be open 24 hours. See the map.

The Strawberry Gate is for the exclusive use of construction contractors, their subcontractors, and their suppliers. Berkeley Lab employees will not be permitted to enter or exit through the Strawberry Gate.

Lab shuttles will run their normal schedules, but both the Orange and Rockridge shuttles will enter and exit through the Blackberry Gate. The Orange shuttle will not use the Pool and Rim stops on Centennial Way during the strike.  


Please be prepared to show your Lab badge and other ID if requested at the gate.  

Strike-related questions should be sent to strikeinfo@lbl.gov.

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13 October 2018, 11:16 AM

Red Flag Warning Issued for the East Bay Valleys and East Bay Hills

Dear Berkeley Lab community,


The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, valid for the East Bay Valley, East Bay Hills, Alameda County from midnight tonight to to noon PDT MondayThis Red Flag Warning means there is an elevated potential for rapid fire spread in specified areas, and increased risk of heat-related illnesses. Additional fire safety precautions are warranted.


Visit this National Weather Service site to see the regional extent and the status of the Red Flag Warning (click the “Red Flag Warning” tab for details).


In order to reduce the potential for a fire to begin or to spread, Berkeley Lab’s Fire Marshal Office offers the following guidance for working at Berkeley Lab:


No Exterior Hot Work Operations (i.e., activities that generate fire, sparks, open flame, etc.):

    • All Hot Work Operations outside of buildings have been restricted to existing, open Hot Work Permits only. Permitted Hot Work inside of buildings have no additional restrictions today.
    • Barbecues and Sterno are considered Hot Work Operations, as they involve open flame.
    • All outdoor barbecues must be approved by the Fire Marshal Office through the Hot Work Permit Request System. Email hotwork@lbl.gov.


Parking on hillsides:

    • Please exercise caution when parking or starting a vehicle near, or directly on, a hillside. Ensure mufflers are not in direct contact with brush or debris.


Smoking:

    • Many of the Smoking Areas on the Lab are directly adjacent to dry brush or hillsides. Please ensure that all cigarette butts are fully and completely extinguished on pavement or concrete before placing into the receptacles.
    • Please only smoke on hard surfaces (i.e., concrete areas, paved areas) and where safe to do so, a minimum of 30 feet from a hillside or brush-covered area.


Take appropriate preparedness actions based on the increased temperatures, which include: 

    • Limiting outdoor strenuous activity during the hottest time of the day
    • Drinking more water than usual
    • Seeking air-conditioned buildings
    • Wearing light-colored clothing and a hat
    • Never leaving children or pets alone in a parked vehicle
    • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke


For more information, visit the Weather Conditions at LBNL page (listed under “W” in Berkeley Lab’s A-Z Index) and the National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area Office website.


If you see any signs of smoke or fire, please call 911. If you have other incident concerns, please contact the Lab's Security Operations Center at (510) 486-6999. Refer to the Berkeley Lab Zone Map for zone information and “safe building” locations.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance in reducing the risk of fire during this time. For more information, please contact Ellen Ford at EFord@lbl.gov.  

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08 October 2018, 09:48 AM

Red Flag Warning Extended to 5:00 PM Today 

The National Weather Service has extended the Red Flag Warning, valid for the East Bay Valley, East Bay Hills, Alameda County to 5:00 PM today, Oct. 8. This Red Flag Warning means there is an elevated potential for rapid fire spread in specified areas, and increased risk of heat-related illnesses. Additional fire safety precautions are warranted. Please read the previous status update on Red Flag Warnings for more information. The Berkeley Lab Fire Marshal Office has allowed exterior hot work to resume as normal for October 8th. 


Visit this National Weather Service site to see the regional extent and the status of the Red Flag Warning (click the “Red Flag Warning” tab for details).


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06 October 2018, 12:03 PM

Red Flag Warning Issued for the East Bay Valleys, East Bay Hills, and Diablo Range

Dear Berkeley Lab community,


The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, valid for the East Bay Valley, East Bay Hills, Alameda County from Saturday October 6th at 11:00 PM to Monday October 8th at 9:00 AM. This Red Flag Warning means there is an elevated potential for rapid fire spread in specified areas, and increased risk of heat-related illnesses. Additional fire safety precautions are warranted.


Visit this National Weather Service site to see the regional extent and the status of the Red Flag Warning (click the “Red Flag Warning” tab for details).


In order to reduce the potential for a fire to begin or to spread, Berkeley Lab’s Fire Marshal Office offers the following guidance for working at Berkeley Lab until Monday October 8th at 9:00 AM:


No Exterior Hot Work Operations (i.e., activities that generate fire, sparks, open flame, etc.):

    • All Hot Work Operations outside of buildings have been restricted to existing, open Hot Work Permits only. Permitted Hot Work inside of buildings have no additional restrictions today.
    • Barbecues and Sterno are considered Hot Work Operations, as they involve open flame.
    • All outdoor barbecues must be approved by the Fire Marshal Office through the Hot Work Permit Request System. Email hotwork@lbl.gov.


Parking on hillsides:

    • Please exercise caution when parking or starting a vehicle near, or directly on, a hillside. Ensure mufflers are not in direct contact with brush or debris.


Smoking:

    • Many of the Smoking Areas on the Lab are directly adjacent to dry brush or hillsides. Please ensure that all cigarette butts are fully and completely extinguished on pavement or concrete before placing into the receptacles.
    • Please only smoke on hard surfaces (i.e., concrete areas, paved areas) and where safe to do so, a minimum of 30 feet from a hillside or brush-covered area.


Take appropriate preparedness actions based on the increased temperatures, which include: 

    • Limiting outdoor strenuous activity during the hottest time of the day
    • Drinking more water than usual
    • Seeking air-conditioned buildings
    • Wearing light-colored clothing and a hat
    • Never leaving children or pets alone in a parked vehicle
    • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke


For more information, visit the Weather Conditions at LBNL page (listed under “W” in Berkeley Lab’s A-Z Index) and the National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area Office website.


If you see any signs of smoke or fire, please call 911. If you have other incident concerns, please contact the Lab's Security Operations Center at (510) 486-6999. Refer to the Berkeley Lab Zone Map for zone information and “safe building” locations.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance in reducing the risk of fire during this time. For more information, please contact Ellen Ford at EFord@lbl.gov. 

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Oct 2 5:16 PM
Resolved.  Localized outage of wired and wireless networking in the Building 50 complex.  

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29 August 2018, 5:15 PM

Gas service has been restored to all buildings and operations have returned to normal. 

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29 August 2018, 2:50 PM

Clarification: The leak and the deteriorated pipe was discovered by the contractor and not "struck."

All buildings east of the Advanced Light Source will be without natural gas until further notice.

Affected Buildings:
  • 6 partial (limited to domestic hot water and maybe some bench top gas)
  • 7
  • 53
  • 27
  • 17
  • 45
  • 48
  • 4
  • 14
  • 30
  • 33
  • 33U
  • 26
  • 76
  • 78
  • 77
  • 77A
  • 75
  • 69
  • 72 Complex
  • 67
  • 62
  • 66
  • 74
  • 84
  • 83
  • 86
  • 85
  • Lawrence Hall of Science 
  • UCB Space Sciences

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29 August 2018, 1:50 PM

A gas line in the Old Town area was struck during excavation efforts at approximately 1 p.m. today.  Gas will be shut off momentarily to all buildings east of the Advanced Light Source. More information will be provided on the duration of the outage. 
The gas shutoff affects buildings 4, 14, 30, 33, 67, 69, and 75.

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9 August 2018, 5:00 PM:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Status: Normal Operations

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Personnel Accountability Drill Thursday, August 9

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a personnel accountability drill on August 9th. The drill will be initiated at 10:00am through the PA system. LabAlert will send notifications by text, email, and phone; personnel are asked to select the option that best fits their status. If you receive a notification that you believe is suspicious and not part of the personnel accountability drill, please contact LBNL Cyber Security at security@lb.gov.  

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Status update on Building 67 for Thursday, August 9

Building 67 remains closed on Thursday morning, August 9, as Lab personnel continue to clean up and re-establish building systems following the flooding of portions of the building on August 7 and evacuation on August 8. 

 

Personnel working in the building should contact their managers for instructions.


Buildings 66, 62, 62A, 72, 72A, 72B, and 72C will resume normal business operations on Thursday morning.  

 

All hazards associated with the incident have been removed, and the incident presented no public health or safety concern. No injuries were reported.

 

Lawrence Road has reopened and all Lab gates and shuttle buses have resumed normal operations.

Please watch status.lbl.gov for more information.


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8 August 2018, 2:00 PM:

Update on today’s evacuation of the Building 67 Complex

At approximately 8:00 pm last evening, a contractor working on the 6th Floor of Building 67 was performing a planned chemical operation with a small quantity of chemicals inside a fume hood. An unexpected chemical reaction resulted in the activation of the building's fire suppression system. Several hundred gallons of water were released from the fire suppression sprinklers. Overnight, water dripped to the floors below.

No injuries were reported. The incident presents no public health or safety concern.

This morning, incident responders were taking a cautious approach, evaluating potential electrical hazards as well as possible chemical hazards associated with the flooding and with the small quantities of chemicals that remained in the affected room. Buildings 67, 66, 62, 62A, 72, 72A, 72B, and 72C were evacuated.

Note that reentry to the evacuated buildings may not be permitted until tomorrow morning or later, after all potential hazards have been evaluated and the affected areas are deemed safe.

Lawrence Road remains closed from the S Lot inside the Strawberry Gate to the driveway to Building. 31. Access to Building 31 may be restricted. Lab gates are open, but no left turns from the Strawberry Gate entrance toward the Building 67 Complex are permitted.

All onsite personnel are asked to avoid the area.

The Blue Shuttle Route is disrupted in the area; there will be no shuttle access to the Building 67 or Building 77 stops for the remainder of the day.

Please watch status.lbl.gov for more information.

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8 August 2018, 10:00 AM:

The Laboratory is responding to an emergency at Building 67


Berkeley Lab first responders and the Alameda County Fire Department are responding to an emergency this morning at the Lab's Building 67. Buildings 67, 66, 62, 62A, 72, 72A, 72B, and 72C are being evacuated.

A 300 ft. cordon has been established around Building 67. Lawrence Road is closed from the S Lot inside the Strawberry Gate to the driveway to Building. 31. Access to Building 31 may be restricted. Lab gates are open, but no left turns from the Strawberry Gate entrance are permitted.

The Blue Shuttle Route will be disrupted in the area; there will be no shuttle access to the Building 67 complex or the Building 77 stop for the duration of the emergency.

All personnel are asked to avoid the area, honor cordons and barricades, and obey first responders. Reentry is not expected to be permitted for several hours, at least.

Berkeley Lab first responders and Alameda County Fire Department officials are on scene, isolating the area, and assessing hazards.  

Please watch status.lbl.gov for more information.

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14 July 2018, Network Outage for Zone 2 -- Resolved


Update 5:52 PM 14 July:

Power has been restored to Zone 2 by Facilities via a temporary generator, and network services have been restored to impacted buildings. 

Update 2:20 PM 14 July:

Intermittent power outages in Zone 2 starting at 2:20 PM today are causing wireless and wired network loss-of-service for buildings 2, 6, 7, 14, 15, 17, 26, 27, 28, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 45, 46, 47, 48, 53, 54, 58, 59, 69, 71, 75, 76, 78, 80, 13c, 33c, 36a, 46a, 46b, 46d, 50b, 58a, 71a, 71b, 71p, 71w, 75a, 75b, 75c, 76l, 80a

Facilities is working to restore power and IT will provide updates on network status periodically.


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Fire Weather Watch Red Flag Warning - Avoid Entry to Lab Site from 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 24

 

The National Weather Service has upgraded the current Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning, valid for the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills from 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 24.


All Lab personnel and visitors are advised not to come to the Lab site during this period unless absolutely necessary. Please call (800) 445-5830 for status updates.


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7 May 2018, Personnel Accountability Drill


Berkeley Lab is conducting a Lab wide personnel accountability test.  The entire laboratory community is expected to participate.    

Information on the purpose of this test and the messages sent during the test are available here.

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29 Jan 2018, 1:04PM-3:45PM 


Unplanned outage of incoming phone calls to the Laboratory due to failure of circuit between LBL and AT&T.  Intermittent inbound calls were possible during some of this outage.   

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19 January 2018, 1:00 PM  

In the event of a government shutdown at midnight tonight, Berkeley Lab will be open for normal operations on Monday, Jan. 22.

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4 January 2018, 6:21 AM 

The Laboratory is operating on normal status and all services are available.

No impact on Lab operations from the 4.4 Magnitude earthquake on the Hayward Fault at 2:39 AM. 

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19 December 2017, 3:30PM - Wildland Fire Drill

This is a drill.


Zones 1 and 2, and Blackberry Gate, are open for vehicle traffic.


This is a drill.


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19 December 2017,  3:03PM - Wildland Fire

This is a drill.


Zones 1 and 2 are released from the Foothill Parking Lot. Personnel may return to the Lab by shuttle or foot. Personnel may also take the shuttle or walk to the Berkeley BART station. Use approved walkways and proceed with caution.


Zones 3, 4, 5, and 6 are released from their shelters. Please use caution when walking back to your building.


Personnel in Zone 7 are released from their shelters.


This is a drill.


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19 December 2017, 1:51PM - Wildland Fire 

This is a drill. The Lab’s Emergency Management Team is conducting a rapid mass evacuation/shelter drill today starting at 2:30 p.m.


Persons at the Lab should follow evacuation instructions based on their current zone location.



  • Zone 1 – Personnel that reside in Zone 1 will evacuate their buildings and walk through Blackberry Gate to the Foothill Parking Lot (lower Cyclotron Road).

  • Zone 2 – Personnel that reside in Zone 2 will evacuate their buildings and walk through Blackberry Gate to the Foothill Parking Lot (lower Cyclotron Road).

  • Zone 3 – Personnel in Zone 3 are to shelter-in-place and will be asked to relocate to a pre-identified shelter (Buildings 15, 30, 33, and 80) for the duration of the drill.

  • Zone 4 – Personnel in Zone 4 will evacuate the site via personal car through Grizzly Gate and will not return to the site. Personnel that do not have a personal car will relocate to a pre-identified shelter (Buildings 75, 76, 77A, 78, and 79).

  • Zone 5 – Personnel in Zone 5 will be asked to relocate to a suitable shelter (Buildings 62, 66, and 67) for the duration of the drill.

  • Zone 6 – Personnel in Zone 6 will evacuate via personal car through Strawberry Gate and will not return to the site until the following day. Personnel that do not have a personal car will relocate to a pre-identified shelter (Buildings 74, 84, and 85).

  • Zone 7 – Personnel in Zone 7 (off-site locations) actions are being coordinated with the Building Emergency Team (BET) Leads.

  • Personnel with mobility issues are asked to notify their supervisor or Emergency Management (emergencymanagement@lbl.gov) immediately so that special accommodations can be made.

 

 

 

The zone map is also available online: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_4br-UEuxkTUVNGTkpaVVlSTzA/view

This is a drill.




THIS IS A DRILL



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16 December 2017, 9:30AM-1:30PM - commons.lbl.gov was down for a scheduled upgrade- RESOLVED

The commons.lbl.gov server was offline as the Confluence software was upgraded for security reasons along with new features added in version 6.x of the application.



Previous Events


11 October 2017, Laboratory LDAP Sign-in disrupted for some users. Services restored.

October 4, 2017,  A power issue is impacting 50a, 50c, and 50e and these buildings are currently without power. Services Restored.

September 7 2017 Google Drive Service Disruption.  Services restored

August 19-21 2017 Electrical Power Disruption. Services restored

August 2-3 2017:  Fire and Power Event.  Services restored.

May 9-10 2017: Major sitewide power outage.  Services restored.

March 13 2017:  Unscheduled outage of outbound and inbound calling.  Service restored.

Feb 21 2017:  7PM Multiple server outages for scheduled maintenance including commons.   Expected return to service by 10PM tonight.

May 8, 2016: Maintenance for Financial System May 6 Noon - May 8 8AM 2016

April 25, 2016:  Voicemail system outage.  Lab users are unable to leave or retrieve Lab voicemails - RESOLVED

Feb 18, 2016: Unscheduled major network outage impacting many parts of LBL.  - RESOLVED

Dec 18, 2015:  Post 5pm minor outages scheduled for login.lbl.gov, email lists, and other service.  More details here>>>. - RESOLVED

Dec 27-29, 2015:  Numerous small outages scheduled for offsite buildings and substantial outages scheduled on the main site for Dec 28th.  More details here>>>>  - RESOLVED

Dec 25, 2015: Unscheduled outage of identity management (login, ldap, AD, Pledge/OTP etc) - RESOLVED

Nov 7, 2015: Onsite Power Outage.  Details here>>>  - RESOLVED

Oct 15, 2015: www.lbl.gov, today.lbl.gov, newscenter.lbl.gov problem resolved. 1:03pm.  - RESOLVED

Oct 15, 2015: We are experiencing an outage on www.lbl.gov, today.lbl.gov, and newscenter.lbl.gov starting at approximately 12:15pm. The service provider is in the process of restoring those sites. We will update this page when new information is available.  - RESOLVED

Oct 9, 2015:  Drive problem resolved. 1:40pm  - RESOLVED

Oct 9, 2015: Google Drive is experiencing an outage which started at approximately 11:30am. Drive is coming back as of  1:15pm, but access to sheets continues to be an issue.  - RESOLVED

July 11, 2015 Power Outage  - RESOLVED

Feb 27, 2015 Power Outage  - RESOLVED

Feb 2, 2015: Scheduled outage for www.lbl.gov, today.lbl.gov, newscenter.lbl.gov and other hosted wordpress sites - RESOLVED

Dec 26, 2014: MAJOR IT OUTAGE COMPLETE *** - RESOLVED

Aug 24, 2014: Following this morning's 6.0 Napa earthquake, Berkeley Lab staff are conducting a coordinated damage assessment of the Lab site. --Resolved

July 11, 2014 2PM:  We're making changes to www.lbl.gov, today.lbl.gov, and newscenter.lbl.gov - RESOLVED

May 16, 2014: Scheduled downtime for www and several other applications until 9pm. - RESOLVED

Mar 14, 2014  Minor Scheduled Maintenance 6-9pm, www.lbl.gov and selected additional systems.- RESOLVED

Jan 17, 2014  Major outage of IT Systems scheduled for Friday Jan 17th 6pm-10pm  More    Most services restored by 8.30PM- RESOLVED

Dec 30, 2013 at 12:15PM there was  a problem during a scheduled electrical maintenance activity.  Connectivity was restored at 4:05PM. - RESOLVED

Dec 13, 2013 at 6PM - Major outage of IT provided services.   information>>>- RESOLVED

Nov 6, 2013:  The power distribution hardware described in the incident this morning failed again around 12:30PM today, impacting www, mail delivery, commons, and many other services.  It was resolved around 12:48.- RESOLVED

Nov 6, 2013: We experienced an outage of www, commons, and email delivery due to the failure of a piece of power distribution hardware in the datacenter.  Services have been restored. - RESOLVED

April 2, 2012: LBNL experienced technical problem with the main Lab web server (www.lbl.gov) from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.- RESOLVED

July 26, 2012: We conducted a test of our website disaster recovery procedure from 5:00pm to 5:15pm Thursday, July 26, 2012. During the test, users attempting to access www.lbl.gov were redirected to this site.- RESOLVED

July 5, 2012: We conducted a test of our website disaster recovery procedure from 7:00pm to 7:15pm Thursday, July 5, 2012. During the test, users attempting to access www.lbl.gov were redirected to this site.- RESOLVED

June 8, 2012: Due to an emergency outage, Berkeley Lab experienced a loss of Internet connectivity. Email, voicemail, and other IT services were impacted.- RESOLVED

Dec 2-3 2011 Outage is Complete.  All systems are operational.  - RESOLVED


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 Note that this link shows status information for all Google Apps services, not just those provided to LBL, so an issue may display there that doesn't impact us.


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