Our operations teams continue to make significant progress in safely re-energizing buildings and restarting systems on the Lab’s main hill site. I am grateful for the efforts of the more than 300 people who have worked since Tuesday afternoon to take the Lab’s systems and scientific equipment down safely and then begin to restore them in a safe and orderly manner. We remain hopeful for a resumption of normal Lab operations on Monday morning.
Please note that the Lab’s main hill site remains closed today, Saturday, Oct. 12. During this time, only emergency-essential personnel approved to be on site will be permitted on the hill. Unless you have been specifically recalled to assist with our power recovery efforts, please do not come to the Lab until you are instructed to do so.
Our primary concern throughout this event has been the safety of our people. I’m proud of our team for working carefully and deliberately so that every one of our people goes home safely.
This is an amazing team effort. Here is a partial list of the groups that have been involved in the response and recovery efforts: facilities, EH&S, emergency management, security, fire, our research areas, DOE’s Bay Area Site Office, building managers, IT, human resources, finance, janitorial services, communications, and more. Undoubtedly, many more of our people will be assisting in the next 36 hours as we work toward resuming normal operations.
Again, thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you on our progress. For more information and updates on the Lab’s status, check the frequently asked questions and monitor status.lbl.gov, 1-800-445-5830, and @LBNLstatus on Twitter.
Deputy Lab Director for Operations and
Chief Operating Officer