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JLab Emergency Web Site

This website was created as part of Jefferson Lab's emergency response plan for local and regional disasters. In the event of any disruption of services, this site will provide a means for lab employees and Users to stay informed on the status of lab operations.

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Jefferson Lab's geographical location in Newport News, Virginia, makes it susceptible to a variety of severe weather events with the potential to damage property, adversely affect Lab operations and cause personal injury.

These include:

  • Severe thunderstorms
  • Snow and ice
  • Hurricanes and tropical storms
  • Other major coastal storms (commonly called nor'easters)
  • Extreme heat

The National Weather Service provides near-term forecasts for these weather events with sufficient advance notice for site preparations and decisions about lab closings. Less predictable weather events, such as lightning and tornados, usually occur under specific conditions, and these precursor conditions are typically forecasted in advance. Heeding these advance notices, and using them to prompt Jefferson Lab weather preparations, is essential to reducing weather-related risk to equipment and people. At Jefferson Lab, personal safety takes precedence over other considerations..