The weather forecast this weekend calls for strong offshore winds Saturday night through Monday morning, which means the danger for wildfires remains high through the weekend. As of Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m., we have NOT received notification from PG&E that the Lab will lose power, but due to these weather conditions, we must prepare for another public safety power shutoff (PSPS) at the Lab’s main site this weekend.
In order for employees to focus on preparing our Lab’s main site for a possible power shutoff, the Runaround, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25, will be postponed.
There are several things we need you to do on Friday:
Release your time to your manager by Friday at noon.
Managers, please approve the time by 1 p.m. Friday. This will allow the CFO to process time for the monthly payroll before there is a possible loss of power.
Prepare your workspace when you leave Friday afternoon as you would prior to the holiday break. This means cleaning out breakroom refrigerators of perishables and powering off computers, monitors, and peripherals.
For laboratory operations, work with your line manager for shutdown preparations. These guidelines can help get you started.
The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center will be monitoring the situation and we will provide information at status.lbl.gov, as well as on 1-800-445-5830 and on the Lab’s new Twitter handle, @LBNLstatus. Please check these resources through the weekend for the latest information.
The Lab’s emergency website has more information on planned public safety power shutoffs and what you can do to prepare at home.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Deputy Director, Operations and
Chief Operating Officer