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Press Contact: Keith May, Associate Fire Chief, (510) 981-5508

HELP BERKELEY PLAN TO REDUCE THE IMPACTS OF DISASTERS
Provide input in writing via email or U.S. mail

Berkeley, California (Friday, February 08, 2019) - Read our draft plan for how to lessen the impact of natural or man-made disasters in Berkeley, learn about the plan at an upcoming meeting, and then weigh in over email, mail and provide feedback.

Our draft plan addresses issues that include reducing our physical vulnerabilities - such as soft-story apartments, unreinforced brick buildings and overgrown vegetation. It also has information about the disasters we may experience, such as earthquakes and wildland-urban interface fires. The plan addresses what we're doing to lessen the impacts of disasters and how you might help.

Please read this draft plan, encourage others to do the same and let us know how we can make the strategy more effective.  Learn more about the 2019 plan at www.cityofberkeley.info/mitigation .

Presentation of the Mitigation Plan:

Community Environmental Advisory Commission Meeting
February 14th, 2019 at 7pm
South Branch Library
1901 Russell Street

Provide written feedback by Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Feedback can be submitted via:

Office of Emergency Services, Attn: Mitigation Plan
Berkeley Fire Department
2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704

After February 28, staff will review and incorporate appropriate feedback into the Final Draft Plan. Staff plans to present the Final Draft Plan at the Planning Commission and the Disaster and Fire Safety Commission in fall 2019. Staff will bring the Final Draft Plan to the City Council after these Commissions issue recommendations on the document.

The effort to update the mitigation plan is led by the City's Office of Emergency Services, which coordinates a suite of programs to build disaster resilience in Berkeley. Visit the Berkeley Ready website to  create a disaster plan, sign up for Community Emergency Response Team Training, and sign up to receive emergency alerts.

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