This website was created as part of Berkeley Lab's emergency response plan for local and regional disasters. In the event of any disruption of services, this site will provide a means for Lab employees to communicate with each other and stay informed on the status of lab operations. Internet requests for www.lbl.gov will automatically redirect to this site if an emergency plan has been put into effect. 

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



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


For Google Apps for Berkeley Lab Status Information Click Here.
 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.


Recent Networking Events Are Recorded Here: