Safety & Emergency Information

Emergency Contacts

D.C. Police: 911 or (301) 654-7300
MD Emergency Rescue: 911 or (301) 652-1000
U.S. Park Police: 911 or (202) 619-7500
Bethesda Fire:911 or 301-654-0655
Chevy Chase Fire:911 or 301-652-0707
Bethesda Rescue: 911 or 301-652-0077

Nearest Fire Station: 4930 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 | (202) 673-3231,

Nearest hospital: Sibley Hospital | 5255 Loughboro Road, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20016 | (202) 537-4000

Park Police: (202) 610-7500
Because we are located near Rock Creek Park, calling the U.S. Park Police might result in a quicker response during an emergency.

Campus Contacts 

Gary Bors: (202) 510-8577
Quintin Miller: (202) 510-8575
Maceo Bacote: (202) 510-8578

Our Address: 
5241 Broad Branch Road, Washington, D.C. 20008

Up-to-date emergency status information for the campus can be found by dialing (202) 478-8486.

Campus Safety Procedures and Policies

Safety at the Earth and Planets Laboratory is a top priority. We are committed to a safe working environment in the laboratory and everywhere on campus.  To ensure the safety of our Carnegie family, carefully review the information below. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Steve Shirey.

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General Resources

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Emergency Supplies

Map of Fire Extinguishers, First Aid Kits, and AEDs

Fire extinguishers: Tim Strobel provided us with the attached slides on Fire.Safety. Check them out! Every lab should have a fire extinguisher nearby. Know where it is! Know where the nearest fire extinguisher is to your office.

Automated External Defibrillators: There are five AEDs located on campus: one just inside (left wall) the main door of the Research Building, one also in the 2nd floor north central wall in the hallway of the Research Building; one in the Greenewalt Building near the restrooms; one in the Cyclotron Building ground floor near parking entrance, and one in the Abelson Building main floor opposite the elevator. View a PDF map of defibrillators around campus. View map of defibrillators around campus.

First Aid Kits: Kits be found in the following locations: three in the Cyclotron Building: outside the ion probe lab and on the second floor outside the chem lab (a smaller first aid kit can be found in the main mass spec lab); the coffee room in the Abelson Building; one in the middle hallway on the Geophysical Lab side of each of the 1st and 2nd floors of the Research Building; one each outside service chases R-124 and R-224; two in our machine shop on the ground floor of the Research Building. First Aid Kits are located in the Abelson, Cyclotron and Research buildings.

First Aid and CPR: Many Carnegie employees have undergone CPR and AED training in October 2015, and as recently as February/March of 2018. Should you encounter an emergency situation, shout for help while also requesting that 911 be called. AEDs are available and are self-explanatory.

Area Safety Information

The District is divided into four quadrants, NW, NE, SE, and SW. The U.S. Capitol sits at the center of the quadrants. The boundaries of each quadrant are North Capitol Street, South Capitol Street, East Capitol, and the National Mall. As is the case in all big cities, there are certain areas of the city where one should tread with caution.

The DC Metropolitan Police department has a Statistics and Data link if you would like to know the crime statistics of a particular area. When walking in the dark, please be careful. Investing in a small flashlight to help you navigate in dark areas would be very helpful. When leaving the campus at night, try and walk with a colleague who is going in the same direction.

Crisis Websites

Travel tips can be found in many forms on the internet. Avoid parks at night, stay in well-lit areas, and always try to travel in groups; take a cab if you are alone at night. Some sites caution you to avoid Anacostia, SE, and NE, DC. Even 36th Street NW and the Tenley area can be dangerous if walking alone at night! Do not tempt would-be robbers by openly displaying your iPhone, iPad, laptop etc.; there have been quite a few such thefts while waiting for a metro train.


  • National suicide helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Samaritans: 518-689-HOPE (4673)
  • National Hopeline Network: Helpline 1: 1-800-SUICIDE. Helpline 2: 1-800-784-2433
  • Crisis Link: 703-527-4077

Inclement Weather & Emergency Information

Call 202-478-8486 for up-to-date emergency status.

View the Federal Government Operating Status website.

In the event of a major weather or emergency event, the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution of Washington will follow the lead of the DC Area Federal Government. In addition, the Facility Management team will maintain a phone line (202-478-8486) which will be updated prior to 6:30 a.m. on days when such events occur. This phone line will be accessible to all employees in order that they may hear condition reports and confirm whether or not they are expected to report to work.

The Director of each department will work with the Facility Manager to make final decisions regarding these policies each time a weather or other event occurs.

The only exception to these guidelines are the members of the BBR Engineering Staff or other Staff members who are designated by the Facility Manager as emergency personnel and who will be asked to make every effort to report to the campus on days when the Federal Government is closed.

If DC area Federal Government offices are CLOSED, campus personnel are not required to report to work and will not lose pay or annual leave for that day.

If federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under a DELAYED ARRIVAL, employees should plan to arrive for work no more than a specified number of hours later than they would normally arrive. Under this condition the campus will open on time, but non-emergency employees may adjust their normal arrival time consistent with the announcement. For example, if an employee normally arrives at work at 8:30 a.m. and is directed to arrive no more than 2 hours late, the commuter would be granted an excused absence from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Employees who arrive for work more than the specified number of hours later than their normal arrival time will be charged annual leave for the additional period of absence. Employees designated as emergency personnel are expected to report for work as directed by the Facility Manager.

If federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under an UNSCHEDULED LEAVE policy, Broad Branch Road campus employees may take annual leave, without the prior approval of their supervisors, for a portion of or the entire scheduled workday. Employees should inform their supervisors of their intentions as soon as possible. Employees designated as emergency personnel are expected to report to work as directed by the Facility Manager.

If federal agencies in the Washington, DC, are OPEN; employees are expected to report to work on time, unless conditions in and around the BBR campus are such that it would be dangerous or not possible for employees to work (i.e., damage or outages in buildings, ice or heavy snow on the roadways). Employees should call the emergency phone line for condition reports. If there is no message on the line, then employees should report to work on time. If, for any reason, employees are dismissed for the day upon arriving at work, there will be no loss of pay or annual leave.

Implementation Guidelines

On the morning of a day in which there is, has been, or will be a major weather or emergency event, the Facility Manager and the Directors of each department (or a liaison whom they have appointed to act on their behalf) should contact one another prior to 6:30 a.m. to make a determination as to whether employees will be asked to report to work on time, in accordance with the above listed policies.

  • The Directors and the Facilities Manager may use the following checklist to make considerations regarding whether the employees will be asked to report to work:
  • Area Federal Government Offices have made public announcements about changes to their operations.
  • Roads are impassable on the BBR campus and the immediately surrounding area.
  • Secondary/neighborhood roads in the greater DC area are impassable.
  • There are reports of ice on the roadways in the area. There is extensive debris in the roadways.
  • One or more buildings on campus are incapacitated (due to damage or power outages).
  • There is a high likelihood of a weather or other event that will take place during the workday, which could cause damage or make it difficult for employees to return to their homes.

Once a consensual decision has been reached, the Facility Manager will ensure that the message on the emergency phone line (202-478-8486) has been updated.