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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Every household should be signed up for AC Alerts

Berkeley, California (Thursday, August 12, 2021) - Use community.zonehaven.com to learn your household's evacuation zone - a label that responders will use during wildfires and other emergencies to rapidly identify specific areas under threat.

You'll see that zone label on evacuation warnings orders sent via AC Alert, the countywide emergency messaging system, should your zone be affected. In Berkeley, all the zone labels start with "BER-" -- such as BER-E044.  

Signing up for AC Alert and knowing your evacuation zone allows you to quickly act during an imminent threat. Every second matters in crisis. Post your evacuation zone number on your fridge so everyone in your household can memorize it.

Know your zone to make it easier to protect you, others

Zonehaven gives first responders a coordinated way to manage, plan and implement evacuations by providing access to real-time weather, traffic, and fire information. When you know your zone, you make evacuations more effective.

Counties throughout the Bay Area now use Zonehaven, a system that has now supported many fires, including the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties.

Prepare for wildfire season

Knowing your zone is a critical part of preparations for wildfires, which are now more frequent and severe.

The Berkeley Fire Department recommends that residents of hillside fire zones make plans to leave during periods of "Extreme Fire Weather" - severely hot, dry, and windy conditions that allow fires to easily ignite and spread.

We've created a step-by-step guide for the fire weather plan for your household to help you:

  • Identify your trigger for leaving the hills
  • Decide where you will go
  • Identify evacuation routes.

We're also hosting guided discussion groups to help refine your fire weather plan.

Take steps to increase your control and lower your risk during fire season: Look up your zone. Sign up for AC Alert. Make a fire weather plan.



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