Site Hazards and Public Information

Published in Resources on 9/11/2018

Emergency events have the potential to impact DOE/NNSA facilities in a variety of ways. Every DOE/NNSA Site, Plant, and Lab prepares for emergencies through a rigorous emergency management training program, mandated by DOE Order 151.1D. The Order, and associated guide, stress the importance and need for training and drills to prepare site personnel to protect themselves in times of emergency events.

Tagged Under: Drills, Emergency Response, Exercises, Facility Preparedness, Offsite Response, Planning, Public Information, Training

How prepared are you for an emergency at your place of work? Are you familiar with your Site, Plant or Lab hazards?  What would you do if a tornado alarm goes off, a wildfire tears across lab property, an earthquake rattles the buildings or an explosion takes out a radioactive waste facility? What about inclement weather alerts, hostile events or a dozen other emergency events that might occur?

 

Emergency events have the potential to impact DOE/NNSA facilities in a variety of ways. Every DOE/NNSA Site, Plant, and Lab prepares for emergencies through a rigorous emergency management training program, mandated by DOE Order 151.1D.  The Order, and associated guide, stress the importance and need for training and drills to prepare site personnel to protect themselves in times of emergency events. In addition, notifying response personnel of any emergency augments a quick response and assists in the effort to prevent or minimize life threatening situations and damage or destruction of DOE/NNSA property and assets.  

 

Each Site, Plant, and Lab is responsible for assessing all possible hazards that might potentially cause an emergency situation.  There are numerous response capabilities available to address any safety or security events that might occur. The impact could be to a single building, an entire site, or it may have off-site implications. The Emergency Management Organization (EMO) analyzes and plans for all types of emergencies, and ensures that it is ready to respond to any emergency, large or small. The EMO does not avert nor eliminate the possibility of emergencies or disasters; It focuses on creating plans to decrease the impact of such events.

 

Through the development of emergency training and response plans, Sites, Plants, and Labs are able to reduce vulnerabilities to hazards and effectively manage emergencies and disasters. Scheduled training helps site personnel better understand potential hazards and their emergency response capabilities.  To be prepared in the event of an emergency, it’s important for every employee to understand their role.

 

Prompt, meaningful information is imperative during an emergency and in its aftermath. Each facility’s Emergency Public Information Plan should provide a framework for coordinated, accurate, and timely release of information to its employees, the news media, potentially affected members of the public, and other stakeholders. Procedures should be in place to ensure facts are verified and trusted information quickly flows to: employees; the news media; state and local organizations; community and tribal leaders; offices of local, state and federal elected officials; and with the Department of Energy.

 

Does your site have a web page for the public and site personnel to find out about emergency procedures and response actions? 

 

The list of associated links, referenced below, is of emergency information available to employees and the public compiled from a web search of each DOE/NNSA site.  Some sites have extensive guides and emergency information available while others have none or very limited information. On some web sites the information was easy to find, on others it’s buried several pages back of the Site homepage.  Where is your sites emergency information accessible?

  




Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

 

LabAlert - Emergency Broadcast Service

https://commons.lbl.gov/display/itdivision/LabAlert+-+Emergency+Broadcast+Service

 

Emergency Preparedness

http://atap.lbl.gov/be-ready-for-emergencies/

 

LBL Emergency Guide

http://ps.lbl.gov/assets/docs/2016-Emergency-Guides.pdf

 

All Hazard Awareness Employee Pocket Guide

https://eta-safety.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/EmployeePocketGuide.pdf

 

Y-12

 

Emergency Public Information

https://www.y12.doe.gov/about/emergency-public-information

 

What to do if an emergency occurs on the Oak Ridge Reservation

https://www.y12.doe.gov/sites/default/files/assets/document/epi-042015_0.pdf

 

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab)

 

Emergency Preparedness

https://www.jlab.org/eshq/emergmgt

 

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

 

Emergency Survival Guide

http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/esh/emergency/documents/emergency.pdf

 

SLAC Site Security

http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/esh/security/emergency.htm

 

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

https://www.bnl.gov/ps/esh/emergencies.asp

 

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)

 

Emergency Information

https://www.anl.gov/emergency-information

 

Pantex Plant

 

Emergency Preparedness

https://pantex.energy.gov/about/emergency-preparedness

 

Nevada National Security Site (NNSS)

 

Emergency Public Information

https://www.nnss.gov/pages/PublicAffairsOutreach/EmergencyPubInfo.html

 

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

 

Emergency Communication

https://www.llnl.gov/about/emergency-communications

 

Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

 

INL Emergency Public Information

https://factsheets.inl.gov/FactSheets/emergency-public-information.pdf

 

Savannah River Site (SRS)

 

The 2018 Savannah River Site Community Preparedness Information Brochure

https://www.srs.gov/general/pubs/srs_cmnty_prep.pdf

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

 

Safety and Security

http://wipp.energy.gov/safety-and-security.asp

 

WIPP Fact Sheets

http://www.wipp.energy.gov/fctshts/factsheet.htm

 

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

 

NETL Emergency Information By Location

https://www.netl.doe.gov/newsroom/emergency-communications

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

 

Emergency Communication

https://www.lanl.gov/resources/emergency/index.php

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