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PREPARE FOR POWER SHUTOFFS, FIRE DANGER IN THE HILLS


Berkeley, California (Friday, October 25, 2019) -

UPDATE: Saturday, October 26
Power shutoffs in Alameda County are expected to begin at 5pm tonight, according to the latest information we have received from PG&E. This timing could change. Once the de-energizing process begins, it could take several hours before your power is shut off.


Prepare for high fire danger in the hills and several days without electricity starting on the afternoon of Saturday October 26, 2019.

Heavy winds and high fire danger conditions are expected to last through Monday morning. If you lose electricity as part of PG&E's planned outage, you could be without power for up to five days, through October 30th.

The City has activated its 24-hour Emergency Operations Center to mobilize staff from all departments to respond during this event. We'll be increasing police patrols in affected areas. Firefighters and many city staff have also been increased. Parking enforcement will be working to keep roads in the hills clear to create access for emergency vehicles. Avoid no parking areas.

Take these steps to prepare

You can do your part by preparing.   

  1. See if your specific address is affected by searching https://psps.ss.pge.com. You can also view a general map of the outage area, though all addresses shown in the shaded area may not be affected.
  2. Know how to get information. Sign up for address specific alerts from PG&E, as well as county and city messages from AC Alert. PG&E also offers zip-code specific alerts by texting "ENROLL" to 97633. In a power outage, all City libraries will also be posting flyers with updates. Listen to 1610 AM.  
  3. Use our wildfire evacuation tips to prepare to leave quickly.  If you believe you may have trouble evacuating in an emergency and you are in a high fire danger area likely to have no power, you should make plans to leave as soon as possible.

Please see our web page, cityofberkeley.info/psps for more tips, resources, and information. We will post updates at cityofberkeley.info/psps-updates.

For UC Berkeley campus-related information about the power shutoff, visit: news.berkeley.edu.

Resources for people with power-dependent medical needs

Call 3-1-1

If you have power-dependent medical needs, please call 3-1-1 between 7am and 7pm to let us know what those specific needs are so that we can help determine what other individualized resources might be available.

311 will also have community resources information that will also be provided by an after-hours call center. If you have specific medical needs, they can also collect your contact information for call back form 311 staff.

Relocate if possible

If you are power-dependent for medical reasons and you live in a potentially affected area, please relocate to an unaffected area if possible.

Easy Does it Dispatch Line (24/7): 510-704-2411 will be available for Berkeley community members who need:

  • Transportation to another location (within one mile of Berkeley)
  • Personal attendant services
  • Wheelchair accessible transportation
  • Wheelchair repair

These services for Berkeley are funded in part by the City of Berkeley.

Call 9-1-1 if life is threatened

If you are unable to relocate and the loss of power will cause an immediate life threat, call 9-1-1 for transport to an Emergency Room.

The City has a disaster response task force focusing on people with medical or accessibility needs. The task force, known as BEACON, has been mobilized for several years and has been working with a number of community agencies to coordinate resources and outreach. We will continue throughout this planned outage.

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