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CERT Citywide Emergency Exercise Countdown Tips

Exercise Tip #9:    

Your feedback for the exercise will be very important towards improving disaster preparedness activities throughout our community.  After the exercise, fill out the Participant Feedback form for yourself or your group and bring it to the Citywide Emergency Exercise Debriefing at the Frances Albrier Center at 2800 Park St.  OR fill out our Online Participant Feedback Form! 

You may be wondering what the thousands of others participating in this emergency exercise will be doing in their own neighborhoods, businesses, and homes.  If you, as an individual, or your group want to share some photos from your exercise activity, please take photos and send those to me at after your exercise.  We’ve used photos from past exercises to illustrate the kind of preparedness accomplishments being made all over the city.  No matter how modest, each is a another step towards overall community preparedness   Send me your photos! 

Exercise Tip #8:  

The Citywide Emergency Exercise Debriefing session will be held at 12pm on April 27.  After you’re done with your exercise activities that morning, you’re invited to join us at the Frances Albrier Center at 2800 Park St. (In San Pablo Park) This is an opportunity to talk about some of the lessons learned during this year’s exercise and to hear what other community members around Berkeley are accomplishing in their neighborhoods to make us all more resilient. 

Exercise Tip #7:  

Preparing your home is a key step to mitigating earthquake related damage and injuries.  The 3 resources below provides you tips on steps you can take before, during, or after the April 27 Citywide Emergency Exercise. 

Homeowners Earthquake Hazard Hunt 

Renters Earthquake Hazard Hunt 

FEMA’s Earthquake Hazard Hunt Poster


Exercise Tip #6:   

Knowing the location of your main gas service shutoff valve will help you turn off the gas supply to your entire facility quickly in case of an emergency. If you haven’t already, on April 27 locate your home's or business' gas shut off valve.   

Do not shut off the gas unless you smell gas, hear gas escaping, see a broken gas line or if you suspect a gas leak. If you shut off the gas, there may be a considerable delay before PG&E can turn your service on. Once the gas is shut off at the meter, do not try to turn it back on yourself. If the gas service shutoff valve is closed, PG&E or another qualified professional should perform a safety inspection before the gas service is restored and the appliance pilots are lit.  

See more details on the PGE website:

Exercise Tip #5: 

On 4/27, while you are conducting your emergency exercise in your neighborhoods, businesses and homes, Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) will be conducting its own damage assessment drill throughout Berkeley and may approach your group's meeting location/command post as part of the exercise.  Damage assessment by both professional responders and by you as a community responder after the earthquake will be a crucial step to bring emergency response resources to critically impacted areas of our community as quickly as possible.  The CERT Damage Assessment Form can help you to take stock of your neighborhood.


If your group is holding a group exercise and has designated your meeting spot for 4/27, please fill out the short Neighborhood Meeting Spot Form to let us know where you will be.  (NOTE: BFD may not be able to visit all participating groups.)

Direct link: Neighborhood Meeting Spot Form

 Exercise Tip #4: 

Radio 1610 AM is the City of Berkeley’s broadcast frequency for travel advisory information. This radio frequency will be utilized in a disaster as a method of public information and warning. The Berkeley CERT Citywide Exercise encourages participants to tune in to test their ability to receive this message in their home or neighborhood. 

After the exercise on April 27, fill out the Participant Feedback Form to indicate where you were when listening to Radio 1610am and how clear it was.  This will help the city better determine the effectiveness and reach of this emergency radio station.

Exercise Tip #3: 

Berkeley CERT is using Facebook to keep in touch with our community! "Like" our page to stay updated on preparedness tips, exercise information, and announcements. We also hope you will spread the word on preparedness to your social network. Here’s how:

  • "Like" the Berkeley CERT page at
  • Share the Berkeley CERT page with your friends.  You can do this by going to the Berkeley CERT page and clicking the little downward pointing arrow next to the word "Message", then select "Share". 
  • When you share the page, ask your friends to "Like" it and ask them to share it also
  • Post from time to time reminding your Berkeley friends about the upcoming 4/27 exercise
  • Join the exercise Event page here:  (Click on the "Join" button near the top of the page.)
  • Invite your Berkeley friends to also participate in the exercise!  Do this by clicking on the "invite friends" button at the top of the event page. 
  • Feel free to post questions and exercise suggestions. 

Exercise Tip #2: 

  •          Anyone, no matter your level of training or preparedness can take action on April 27.  This Basic Participant Checklist shows basic preparedness activities every participant is encouraged to do for this year's exercise - some of these can take as little as 5 to 10 minutes!  Print out the checklist and post it for yourself, and you'll be way ahead by April 27th.  If you are part of a neighborhood group, you can perform the checklist activities at home in addition to connecting with your neighborhood for group activities. 
  •          Neighborhood Groups ready for even more challenge can set up a neighborhood incident command post (ICP) and create simulated scenarios for their teams to respond too.  Use this Neighborhood Incident Sign Template to make signs to post around your neighborhood to test communications and response actions you trained on.

Exercise Tip #1:  AT&T land line phones in Berkeley are automatically signed up with the Berkeley Emergency Notification System (BENS) to receive notices about public safety situations such as fires, lost children, hazardous spills, and evacuations. *But what about your cell phone?* Add your cell, email, or other numbers and receive the BENS test message on April 27th! (registering for BENS is separate from registration for the 4/27 exercise).  Visit the BENS website to register today!

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