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In this issue:
The Storm of the Decade
Heat Outage Update—Loop Road Closure
Bike Safety for Anyone on Wheels

SLAC Today

Thursday - February 4, 2010

The Storm of the Decade

(Photo - flooding)
(Time: 3:24. Video by Brad Plummer and Olga Kuchment.)

It could have been so much worse. As crews mopped up the remaining damage, Environment, Health and Safety managers agreed that the swift, coordinated actions of the emergency responders critically dampened the impact of the recent power outage.

Cell phones rang out like alarm bells at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, as SLAC's Security Department notified emergency responders of a site-wide power outage.

"SLAC was black," said Lance Lougée, SLAC Assistant Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator. SLAC senior management decided to shut down the lab. The AlertSU system and phone trees notified SLAC personnel to stay home. About a hundred essential personnel were called in to assess and respond to the power outage: trained employees and middle management, and senior leaders.

According to PG&E, lightning had apparently struck a major power artery serving the Peninsula. Both SLAC's normal and backup power were unavailable. PG&E workers had to walk along the entire shut-down portion of the transmission line to find and fix the afflicted site.  Read more...

Heat Outage Update—Loop Road Closure

Employees working in Buildings 26, 25, 24, 34, 33, 3, 82 and 280 should prepare to dress warmly in anticipation of limiting heating to those buildings during repairs to hot water piping supplying those buildings.

The leak is located under the roadway between the Utility Tunnel (Building 000, adjacent to Cooling Tower 101), and the valve pit West of Bldg 207. Facilities Division staff have isolated the affected part of the piping system and are working with Procurement to perform emergency excavation and repair.  Read more...

Bike Safety for Anyone on Wheels

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Stanford University Bicycle Program Coordinator Ariadne Scott and Stanford Public Safety Officer Allen James will be at Kavli Auditorium on February 10 from 1 to 2 p.m., to present basic "rules of the road" that both drivers and bicyclists need to know. They will then answer any questions you might have, such as:

  • How to ride in traffic and navigate intersections
  • How to determine the equipment and accessories you need, and why a helmet is a "must"
  • How to avoid bike theft—tips you should know about locking your bike

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