Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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 AC Alert is Berkeley’s primary emergency notification system.

The City uses AC Alert to share emergency information and instructions through phone calls, emails, text messages and TTY/TDD messages.

Sign up to receive AC Alert

Go to the AC Alert signup page to sign up or edit your account information

Listed AT&T landline telephone numbers are automatically subscribed to receive emergency warning voice calls from AC Alert.

You must subscribe manually for all other phone numbers and contact methods, including:

  • unlisted land lines
  • mobile phones
  • VoIP
  • digital phone
  • text messaging
  • e-mail

Sign up multiple contact methods if possible

To maximize the likelihood you receive instructions during an emergency, sign up as many contact methods as possible. Include both text messaging and voice calls for your mobile phone, as well as one or more e-mail accounts.

BENS subscribers need to sign up again

BENS subscribers are not automatically enrolled in AC Alert. The City stopped using BENS on July 1, 2017. 

If you had previously subscribed to BENS, you need to sign up again with AC Alert to continue receiving emergency notifications.

Nixle subscribers need to sign up

Nixle subscribers need to sign up for AC Alert to ensure they receive all appropriate notifications. Nixle will continue to carry crime prevention tips and alerts from the Berkeley Police Department. AC Alert is Berkeley’s primary emergency notification system.

Questions? Need Help?

If you need assistance signing up, contact the Office of Emergency Services at (510) 981-5605 or 510-981-5544 (TTY/TDD).

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