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Personnel Accountability FAQ
What is a Personnel Accountability drill?
It is common during or after an emergency that personnel accountability be requested. The Lab uses personnel accountability for continuity of government functions in addition to life safety efforts. This type of personnel accountability establishes the whereabouts of mission- critical personnel and ensures the continued performance of essential functions. This type of accountability can also be useful when Lab personnel are traveling in foreign countries and emergencies occur in other jurisdictions.
Why perform Personnel Accountability?
Personnel accountability of those involved in the event allow emergency responders to prioritize search and rescue operations. If all personnel are accounted for it can also be used to eliminate the need for conducting a risky, but unnecessary search and rescue mission. Building Emergency Team (BET) members and leads help coordinate personnel accountability for personnel who reside within their facility.
How does Personnel Accountability work?
Should an event or emergency affect the entire site or region, a mass notification system (LabAlert) is used as a means to capture personnel accountability in a more expedient manner. These personnel accountability requests let emergency response personnel know who is on site, off site, or who may be missing and can also be used to gain safety information. This information helps identify the need for additional emergency responders.
Personnel accountability messages for a drill, exercise, or real event will be distributed via LabAlert (phone, text, and email) and possibly through the Public Address (PA) system or supervisors. It is of utmost importance that Lab personnel account for themselves if able to do so. This ensures that we have an effective mechanism for communicating with the Lab population and will also assist us with performing life safety actions.
When are Personnel Accountability drills conducted?
Typically, personnel accountability drills are conducted during the annual site exercise or the Great Shakeout earthquake drill. This allows personnel to get used to the messaging and Emergency Management to test the system prior to a real emergency. They are also conducted once per quarter as part of a DOE requirement.
If you have any further questions about personnel accountability, please contact Emergency Management at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample Emails and Text Messages
Note: Links in emails go to everbridge.net, the Lab's vendor for emergency communications.