The atmospheric river barreling through the Bay Area today is expected to bring heavy winds and rains across Lab’s site through the weekend and into next week. The Lab’s Emergency Management and Facilities teams will be onsite throughout the weekend to respond to weather-related emergencies.

“We encourage everyone to take their personal safety and security seriously during these extreme weather events and to report any unusual incidents to Site Security at (510) 486-6999,” says James Nuñez, the Lab’s senior manager in charge of emergency services.

Nuñez added that it’s important to prepare for any eventuality, and in particular the possibility of  flooding, electrical disruptions, mudslides, and road closures:

  • If commuting to a Lab site, adhere to weather and road condition warnings before setting out. Have an alternate route planned out just in case.
  • As you arrive or leave Lab sites, be aware of your surroundings, use handrails on stairs, and check for downed trees or power lines if you’re walking about onsite.
  • If you do encounter a flooded room or hallway, do not enter. Instead, call Site Security at (510) 486-6999 and report the situation.
  • Before you leave the office, check with your supervisor about protecting or powering down sensitive equipment that could be damaged by power disruptions.
  • Take steps to protect your workspace, secure valuables, move sensitive equipment off floors and away from windows.
  • Sign up for LabAlert to get information about developing emergency conditions at the Lab. Check for any weather-related changes to Lab operating conditions.
  • Lastly, report anything suspicious to Site Security at (510) 486-6999.