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"We are working as quickly and as thoroughly as possible to resolve a serious concern within the Test Area. As you know measures like these (lock down of our gates) are not taken lightly. No one is in immediate danger but these steps are required. Please be tolerate and know as soon as I can open the gates and allow free flowing traffic I will. Until then we are working to have food and beverages brought to DITTO diner for those west of ACP2 and for those east and within EV the club and subway have remained open as are our other support services
Originally posted by this_is_who_we_are
Who out there knows where to find a real-time map of wind direction for that area. I've spent the last few minutes searching Google, but can't seem to find anything detailed.
It might me a good idea to check the wind direction. Know what I mean?
To keep you updated, as of now my daughter is still locked down with the rest of them. We were talking on gchat for awhile and I'm hoping she just left to get something to eat. She said she is about 30 yards away from the bio/chem building, and can see activity that indicates it is the area of concern. She did tell me that "someone" she is stranded with claims to have spoken with another "someone" in the bio/chem building and that they told her what the operational problem is, but until I know for certain it is just rumor. My husband is a retired Colonel, and in 30 years of service I have never been so concerned. I don't believe this is a drill.
This level is required for work with dangerous and exotic agents that pose a high individual risk of aerosol-transmitted laboratory infections, agents which cause severe to fatal disease in humans for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Smallpox, and other various hemorrhagic diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a biosafety level 4 (or P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Agents with a close or identical antigenic relationship to Biosafety Level 4 agents are handled at this level until sufficient data is obtained either to confirm continued work at this level, or to work with them at a lower level.
Members of the laboratory staff have specific and thorough training in handling extremely hazardous infectious agents and they understand the primary and secondary containment functions of the standard and special practices, the containment equipment, and the laboratory design characteristics. They are supervised by qualified scientists who are trained and experienced in working with these agents. Access to the laboratory is strictly controlled by the laboratory director.
The facility is either in a separate building or in a controlled area within a building, which is completely isolated from all other areas of the building. A specific facility operations manual is prepared or adopted. Building protocols for preventing contamination often use negatively pressurized facilities, which, if compromised, would severely inhibit the containment of an outbreak of aerosol pathogens.
Within work areas of the facility, all activities are confined to Class III biological safety cabinets, or Class II biological safety cabinets used with one-piece positive pressure personnel suits ventilated by a life support system.