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Neighborhood Emergency Supply Program itemsCommunity Emergency Supply Program

2019 Application Period  CLOSED

In a catastrophic earthquake, government resources (people and supplies) may not be available for several days following the event. It is essential that every household, family, apartment tenant, neighborhood and community group be prepared to survive for five to seven days on their own until utilities and services can be restored.  The Community Emergency Supply Program awards a limited number of qualifying neighborhoods or organizations an initial emergency cache of equipment and a container for storage.  However, just as preparedness is not achieved through supplies and equipment alone, the program's primary aim is to foster awareness and to provide neighbors and community organizations a goal for a minimum level of readiness to attain.

Based on the baseline level of readiness described in the program, many Berkeley citizens are already gathering their own supplies and equipment, attending the CERT trainings and meeting regularly.  Neighborhoods and community organizations are encouraged to review the application whether they are just beginning their preparation effort and whether or not they meet the minimum requirements and intend to apply in the current year.  Now has always been a good time to get better prepared.

The application period for the 2019 program is open until May 31, 2019.

Download the application here:   2019 Community Emergency Supply Program Application (PDF)


  1. What is the Community Emergency Supply Program?
    • ANSWER
      1. Through a combination of Measure GG and grant funding, the City of Berkeley provides qualified neighborhood groups with a FREE cache of emergency supplies including a storage shed, generator, and much more.
  2. What qualifies a neighborhood group for the Free Community Emergency Supply Program?
    • ANSWER
      1. Your group has been organized for at least three years or demonstrate group organization and sustainability;
      2. Your group has satisfied at least six of the nine steps of becoming a disaster resistant neighborhood;
      3. Your group has at least eight people trained and formed into Disaster Medical Operations, Fire Safety, and Light Search and Rescue teams.
  3. What are the nine steps of becoming a disaster resistant neighborhood?
    • ANSWER
      1. Set a regular meeting date, time and place.
      2. Identify at least one group coordinator
      3. Develop a Group Communication Plan
      4. Develop Response Teams with Team Leaders and take City provided CERT classes
      5. Identify an assembly point:
      6. Conduct group/building hazard assessment tour
      7. Identify gas, electric, water shut off valves
      8. Special Needs Check in
      9. Supplies and Materials Stored
  4. What defines the boundaries for a “disaster prepared” group or neighborhood?
    • ANSWER
      1. Groups define their own boundaries. It can be a one block neighborhood, along with adjoining neighborhoods, an apartment building, or houses close enough so people get to know one another and feel comfortable sharing basic information.
  5. What about those households who don’t get involved?
    • ANSWER
      1. It’s rare that there’s 100% involvement. Groups of even 10 members can make a difference and provide leadership to the rest of the neighborhood.
  6. How do we get more information and sign up for Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes?  


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