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.

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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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Conserve energy during peak hours and charge devices to prepare

Berkeley, California (Monday, August 17, 2020) - PG&E has let the City know that over 30,000 Berkeley residents will likely experience rolling blackouts of up to 5 hours on Monday evening. Additional blackouts may occur from 3pm to 10pm on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Residents should take prompt action to prepare by charging cell phones and medical devices, signing up for emergency alerts, reviewing emergency supplies and conserving electricity by using high energy appliances only during early morning or late night hours.

Rolling blackouts happening statewide due to high energy demand

These rotating outages due to extreme heat and high energy demand have been initiated by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the organization that runs the state’s electric grid. CAISO has called a statewide flex alert, a rare measure taken only when extreme heat pushes energy demand past the grid’s capacity.

These blackouts are not public safety power shutoffs, which happen in response to extreme weather conditions that create heightened fire danger. Nonetheless, everyone should be aware that we are in fire season -- when people in the hills, especially, should prepare for wildfire evacuation.

Prepare for an outage

Even brief power outages may disrupt communications, water, and transportation and affect medical devices. Take steps now to prepare for outages lasting 2-5 hours.

  • Fully charge your essential devices before 3pm. Charge backup power sources if you have them. Reduce screen brightness, put your phone in airplane mode, and turn off unused apps to maximize battery life.
  • Sign up to get alerts. Sign up for outage alerts from PG&E and emergency notifications from the City of Berkeley at acalert.org.
  • Review your supplies. You should have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member.
  • Make a paper list of emergency, family, and work contacts.

During an outage

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep food cold for 48 hours.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and electronics so they are not damaged by a surge when power returns.
  • Use alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or power-dependent medical devices
  • Check on your neighbors.

Help prevent outages by conserving energy

Everyone can do their part to help prevent blackouts by conserving energy.

  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher. When you’re not at home, turn thermostats to 85 degrees.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep rooms cool.
  • Don’t turn on your oven. Use the stovetop or a microwave for cooking.
  • If you have a ceiling fan, use it to keep rooms cool. Even for those who have air conditioning, ceiling fans allow you to raise the thermostat by 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort.
  • Turn off lights and fans when you leave a room.
  • Limit use of energy-intensive appliances like washing machines and dishwashers during peak hours. Clean clothes and dishes early in the morning or after 10pm at night.

Call PG&E’s 24-hour customer service line at 1-800-743-5000 for more information. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911.


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