EMERGENCY Actions you should take

In an emergency at the Lab, Lab Alert and the Public Address system will instruct you which of three actions you should take:

  • Shelter-in-Place -- generally used for a chemical or other air-borne release. In some cases, such as in a wildfire, you may be escorted to a more suitable building to shelter-in-place from a fast-moving emergency such as a wildfire

  • Lockdown -- generally used when staying inside the building is the best solution; this may be an active threat such as an armed person

  • Evacuate -- generally used for when exiting the building is the best choice, such as a fire or an earthquake.

In all cases please be prepared to listen and follow the instructions of first responders or designated Lab personnel.

Shelter-in-Place

REMAIN CALM

  • QUICKLY gather your car keys and cell phone, if possible, but do not search for these items.

  • Alert others to the shelter-in-place order in case they may not have received or heard the notification.

  • Move to an interior part of the building, closing windows and doors behind you.

  • Allow anyone from the outside to enter the building, but separate them into another area if possible.

  • Do not eat, drink, take medications or apply cosmetics unless medically necessary.

  • Seal off doorways with clothing, towels, or plastic sheeting if possible.

  • Wait for further instruction from your Building Emergency Team or emergency responders.

Lockdown

REMAIN CALM

As instructed:

  • Move away from windows or get down on the floor.

  • Protect yourself from any possible debris.

  • Lock or barricade the doors of the room you are in.

  • Wait for further instruction from emergency responders.

Evacuate

REMAIN CALM

  • QUICKLY gather your car keys and cell phone, if possible, but do not search for these items.

  • Alert others of the evacuation in case they have not received or heard the notification.

  • Exit the building using the shortest and safest route.

  • Make note of any injured or otherwise incapacitated people and report this to your Building Emergency Team but do not stop to help.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and the hazards that may be present inside and outside the building.

  • Proceed to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA).

  • Report any life threatening injuries (yours or that of others) or major safety concerns (fires, releases, etc.) to your BET.