Emergency Preparedness

The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) takes seriously its responsibility to maintain a safe workplace. The lab is also committed to being a good neighbor and steward of the environment.

While the laboratory works diligently to maintain safe operations, in the event of a mishap, the lab has in place and exercises an Emergency Management Plan that addresses the activities for planning and preparing for, responding to, and recovering from adverse effects associated with known threats to personnel, environment, the public, facilities, equipment, and the lab’s scientific mission.

The plan describes management processes, resources, and implementation strategies for the successful integration of emergency management at Jefferson Lab. It fully incorporates the required elements stated in the Contractor Requirements Document to Department of Energy (DOE) Order 151.1D, Comprehensive Emergency Management System and DOE Order 150.1A, Continuity Programs.

To ensure that the laboratory and our City of Newport News first responders are ready to handle mishaps that could occur on laboratory property, Jefferson Lab staff regularly interacts and trains with members of the Newport News Police Department and Newport News Fire Department.

Members of the lab’s emergency management staff regularly meet with their counterparts and plan and conduct training exercises at the lab to help familiarize first responders with the lab as well as to meet the lab personnel they would interact with in the event of the mishap. These exercises help first responders better understand the unique facilities and equipment at the lab, and the operations that occur here.

Jefferson Lab’s Emergency Manager may be reached at: emergmgr@jlab.org