For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Dory Ehrlich, Associate Management Analyst, (510) 981-5506

Berkeley Responds to Call for Disaster Preparedness

Berkeley, California (Monday, October 03, 2005) - In response to widespread requests for preparedness information,  in partnership with the Berkeley YMCA,  the City of Berkeley (Berkeley Fire Department) is sponsoring  three special community disaster preparedness workshops. The free, two-hour classes, conducted by Berkeley firefighters, provide training in self and home preparedness, neighborhood networking, and information on specialized training.  Individuals, families, and neighborhood members are all welcome and encouraged to attend.


Saturday, October 22, 10-12, South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street/Ashby


Saturday, November 5, 10-12, West Berkeley Senior Center, 1900 Sixth Street/Hearst


Saturday, December 3, 10-12, North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue.


To register for these free classes, please contact Dory Ehrlich. Office of Emergency Services, 981-5506, You can also register on-line at

The City of Berkeley urges everyone to refresh your disaster family plans and supplies. Make a plan for yourself and your family on how to evacuate your home and where to meet following a disaster.  Prepare emergency supplies kits for you and your family, enough for five days for each person – including one gallon of water per person per day.  Check your supplies to be sure they’re up-to-date. 


For a copy of “Five Critical Steps to Take to Prepare for an Earthquake,” contact Dory Ehrlich, 981-5506, Additional preparedness information can be found at the Berkeley OES website,