September is National Preparedness Month, and those preparations extend to the science areas of the Lab. Last year the Lab was faced with two Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPSs), which provided unique challenges to a large scientific community such as the Lab. This week we talked with two of the Mission Support Officers who went through the PSPS experience last year and have been preparing for more this season.
Asmita Patel is Deputy Division Director for Operations in the Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics Division of the Physical Sciences Area and a member of the IDEA Chairs Council. She spent many hours last October in the Lab’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) preparing for a shutoff of power, then more hours coordinating the methodical effort to bring equipment in the Area safely back on line.