On occasion, telephone communications have been lost site-wide. If normal
telephone communications are not available, the AES will establish a control
point in the lunchroom on the service floor (R001). The AES and alternate
AES's have radios available for emergency communications with the Fire
Department. Non-emergency radio transmissions should be avoided under these
conditions. Building occupants are instructed to seek assistance from the
AES at the control point in the event that they need 911 assistance. Alternate
AESs and building monitors can assist in notifying building occupants if
the building public address is not functional. Any emergency conditions
involving the building should be reported to the Fire Department.
Pay telephones may work when normal telephones are out of service. There are also telephones on separate exchanges in selected locations (non-PBX telephones). Calls to 911 can be made on pay telephones; the caller should state that the call is from Argonne National Laboratory. The dispatcher will direct the call to the Argonne Fire Department. Cellular telephone may also be used to reach the Fire Department by calling 252-1911.