Berkeley Emergency Notification System
The Berkeley Emergency
Notification System (BENS) is one of the tools that the City of Berkeley uses
to communicate emergency information and instructions to the Berkeley community
in the event of a threat to their life, health and/or safety.
Berkeley residents and
businesses with listed AT&T “land line” telephone numbers have already been
included in BENS. To increase the likelihood that you will receive emergency
instructions, the City of Berkeley encourages all its residents and visitors
to sign up to receive BENS alerts through their other contact devices, including:
- Mobile phone
- Unlisted phone
- VoIP (Voice over Internet) phone
- Digital phone (cable/broadband)
- SMS text messaging
Sign up or edit your account information on the
BENS Signup page.
If you do not have
internet access and need assistance in singing up, contact the Office of
Emergency Services at (510) 981-5605 or 510-981-5544 (TTY/TDD). DO NOT use
these numbers during an emergency – dial 911.
BENS is one of many emergency
notification tools available to the Berkeley community. Community members
should not rely exclusively on BENS for emergency information. Visit the Emergency Alerting page to learn more about additional
systems in Berkeley, Alameda County and California, which may be used to share
emergency information and instructions.