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SLUO Reports on DC Trip
Safety Today: Earthquake Safety
Earth Day Arrives Early at SLAC
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SLAC Today

Tuesday - April 18, 2006

The D.C. "team photo," including Fermilab's Users Organization and SLUO.  (Image courtesy of Ben Cowan. Click on image for larger version.)

SLUO Reports on DC Trip

Every year, the SLAC Users' Organization (SLUO) organizes an annual trip to Washington, DC to communicate the excitement of SLAC science to the Congress. SLUO cordially invites the SLAC community to participate in an informational meeting where the organization will report on this year's DC trip, the lessons learned, and what they heard from members of Congress and their staff.

The meeting will take place this Wednesday, April 19, at 11:00 a.m. in the Redwood Room (Building 48). More information...

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Earthquake Safety

(Photo - 1906 Earthquake) One hundred years ago today, San Francisco experienced an estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake. Gas lines broke, 60 fires broke out, and the water system failed. More than 3,000 people perished and 29,000 buildings were razed in the disaster, a combination of the quake and the fires that lasted for three days.

The quake was on the San Andreas Fault—which lies just a quarter mile away from SLAC's western border. Modern technology in construction and building has improved greatly since 1906, and we are safer now then they were back then. However, we should still be prepared in the event of an earthquake.

The SLAC Emergency Response Team (SERT) prepares for earthquake safety on site through planning and drills. Supply trailers are located in strategic locations around the site and SLAC's buildings are constructed with modern safety standards. They are also reviewed by the Earthquake Safety Committee (a Citizen's Committee). Maintenance and engineering groups regularly perform safety work to protect offices and equipment from the effects of quakes. Everybody at SLAC works hard to make sure we are as safe as we can be. Read more...

Earth Day Arrives Early at SLAC

(Image - Earth)Luda Fieguth, SLAC's Energy Conservation Program Manager, will be in the Auditorium Breezeway between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. today distributing Earth Day educational outreach materials. As this year's Earth Day theme is "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: A good Deal for Everyone," these materials promote energy efficiency and spread awareness about the benefits of renewable energy.

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