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

Free community event is designed with activities for all ages, all levels of experience

Berkeley, California (Thursday, October 03, 2019) - Join City staff, community groups and volunteers from around Berkeley to learn how to prepare yourself and your household for emergencies.

The October 12 prep fair will offer short classes and trainings for people with any level of experience in emergency preparedness. Trainings includes how to operate a fire extinguisher, how to mobilize your neighbors, and even how to cook tasty meals with food from a disaster kit. Preparedness supplies will also be available for purchase.

There will also be fun activities for children, giveaways, raffles, and helpful resources for people of all ages looking to get more prepared. The more people who are prepared, the more resilient we are as a community.

East Bay Community Emergency Prep Fair
James Kenney Park
1720 Eighth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

The City of Berkeley encourages the community to take actions that make them more prepared for different types of disasters. We are helped by organizations like the Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Network, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that helps prepare our community through events like this prep fair.

FREE shuttle service between North Berkeley BART and James Kenney Park provided courtesy of West Berkeley Shuttle, Bayer, and Wareham Properties.

Parking available at the Berkeley Adult school parking lot (corner of Virginia and San Pablo) from 10 am until 4pm (it will be locked after that).

This meeting is being held in a wheelchair accessible location. If you require an accommodation for effective communications (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about mobility access resources in order to fully participate in this event, please email us at with as much advance notice as possible. 

Practice preparedness October 17 during the Great Shake Out

A few days after the prep fair, the Great Shake Out offers another way to practice earthquake preparedness activities. On October 17th at 10:17 AM, no matter where you are, practice how to practice earthquake response with these steps:2019-10-03 Emergency Prep Fair

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs

HOLD ON until shaking stops

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

For more guidance on your disaster plan, securing your home, keeping your pets safe or other disaster preparedness information, visit the Berkeley Ready Website.


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