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A city's resilience is defined by the ability of the community to survive, adapt and thrive no matter what acute shock or chronic challenge it experiences. Advancing Berkeley's resilience requires working together to identify solutions that have multiple benefits and address multiple challenges at once.  

Berkeley's Resilience Strategy:Resilience Strategy Report Cover
On April 1, 2016, Berkeley released its Resilience Strategy. The Resilience Strategy identifies six long-term goals and recommends specific short-term actions to help address some of Berkeley’s most pressing challenges. 

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Resilience Strategy Goals: Berkeley Resilience Goals 
The Resilience Strategy emphasizes building community resilience by building stronger connections – stronger connections between neighbors; between public, private, nonprofit, and academic institutions; between departments within the City government; and between Bay Area local and regional governments.   

What You Can Do:
In the spirit of connectedness, the Resilience Strategy is also an invitation for all residents and organizations to partner with the City government and other community leaders to build Berkeley’s resilience together. 

  • Get trained - Learn disaster preparedness skills for your household, pets and neighbors at free Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes.
  • Know your neighbors -The City provides incentives, such as a free dumpster or a cache of emergency supplies for neighborhood groups that work together to prepare for disasters.
  • Get involved- Join Climate Action efforts  to advance Berkeley's Climate Action Plan.  
  • Save water - Take advantage of incentives and assistance to help you conserve water at home and save money on your utility bill.
  • Stay informed -Find useful information to keep you and your loved ones safe during an emergency. Sign up for the City's alerting system.

Tell Us Your Ideas: 
What are your ideas for advancing Berkeley’s resilience? Please contact Timothy Burroughs, City of Berkeley Chief Resilience Officer, at

Resilience Resources:  

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