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Sign up before the July 1 transition to AC Alert

Berkeley, California (Thursday, June 15, 2017) - Berkeley residents and community members should sign up at www.ACAlert.org to receive emergency messages for Berkeley and jurisdictions across Alameda County.

As the City's primary emergency alerting system, AC Alert can reach residents with urgent information regarding earthquakes, wildfires or other natural or man-made disasters. AC Alert messages reach subscribers through phone calls, text messages, emails, and TTY/TDD messages.

Although the City sends messages across many other platforms, AC Alert is the most essential for Berkeleyans to sign up for.  These critical health and safety messages are rare. Register the devices you'd like to be contacted on.

"Our goal is to get you emergency information and instructions wherever you are, on whatever devices you have," said Assistant Fire Chief Keith May, who oversees emergency services. "Sign up your phones and email addresses for AC Alert before July 1, when we'll start using the new system."

Anyone who subscribed to BENS, an existing alert system that will be phased out in the coming weeks, must sign up for AC Alert to get the City's most urgent messages on the device best for them.

When signing up, community members should also indicate locations of interest, such as home, work and school. Signing up with locations helps ensure that the emergency messages are relevant to the places people care about. Users can also opt in to additional, non-emergency messages.

See the City's news page to learn how to subscribe to updates via email or Twitter. See the Berkeley Police Department's news page to learn how to subscribe to updates via email, Twitter or Nixle.

In addition to signing up for AC Alert, program emergency radio stations such as 1610 AM into your home and car radios, and consider purchasing a NOAA weather radio for additional targeted alerts.

"Signing up for all available alerting systems better ensures that you'll get safety messages, even if one system or one of your devices fails," said May.

AC Alert: www.CityofBerkeley.info/ACAlert

AC Alert Signup: www.ACAlert.org

Emergency Alerting: www.CityofBerkeley.info/EmergencyAlerting


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