About the Lab

Located about 35 miles northwest of Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multi-program, federally funded research and development center for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). 

LANL's priority roles are serving as a nuclear weapons design agency and a nuclear weapons production agency; addressing nuclear threats; and performing national security science, technology, and engineering.

LANL spans almost 40 square miles of DOE-owned property and has almost 900 individual facilities, 13 nuclear facilities, and 8.4 million square feet in buildings.


During an emergency, LANL activates an Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center to coordinate and support the emergency response, as well as support the development and dissemination of Emergency Public Information. The individuals that staff these functions routinely participate in training opportunities, drills, and exercises to ensure they are adequately prepared to respond in the event of an emergency.

At the Joint Information Center (JIC) a team of public affairs professionals provides information as it becomes available to keep residents, employees, and the news media informed of the emergency event.

Emergency information from LANL may be delivered in several ways.