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Prepare your home for wildfire evacuations and extended outage

Berkeley, California (Sunday, October 27, 2019) - PGE&’s scheduled power outage is expected to continue through Wednesday, after which it could take two to five days for the utility company to restore power.

This nearly weeklong loss of electricity means that many in Berkeley will need to take extra steps to stay without power for up to a week, while also preparing through Wednesday for potential wildfire evacuations.

The City of Berkeley will continue to keep increased levels of police, fire and civilian staff working 24 hour shifts to respond to any events caused by loss of electricity, heavy winds, and heavy fire danger.

The City is also preparing for possible smoke impacts coming from multiple ongoing wildfires fires in northern California. Find information on preparing for and staying safe when air quality is poor at cityofberkeley.info/air-quality.

Heavy winds are causing broken branches and fallen trees. Please call 3-1-1 (510-981-2489) to report fallen trees. Call 9-1-1 for immediate life safety issues. Extra forestry crews are working to clear broken branches and fallen trees.

Keep up with updates on www.cityofberkeley.info/psps-updates and the City’s Twitter account, @CityofBerkeley. See resources on how to stay safe during an outage prompted by fire danger at www.cityofberkeley.info/psps. For UC Berkeley campus-related information, see https://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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