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WITH HEAVY WINDS, FIRE DANGER AND OUTAGES REMAINING, CITY STAFF RESPONDING
Take steps to prepare your household, including for evacuations

Berkeley, California (Sunday, October 27, 2019) - City of Berkeley police, fire and staff across all departments remain mobilized to respond to impacts from PG&E’s power shutoff as well as heavy winds, high fire danger, and possible air quality issues due to wildfire smoke.

These outages could last for several days, as a second heavy wind and fire danger event is expected to start Tuesday and be done Wednesday.

PG&E independently sets the timing and duration of these events. After the extreme fire danger and wind conditions ebb, it can take up to five days to inspect lines and repair any damage.

Take steps to stay safe during these events.

Report fallen trees

Heavy winds are causing broken branches and fallen trees. Please call 3-1-1 or (510) 981-2489 to report fallen trees.

Call 9-1-1 for immediate life safety issues.

Charging and wifi access

Charging and wifi is available at all Berkeley Public Library locations during regular hours throughout the shutoff. Libraries will also provide 24-hour wifi access outside of branches during the shutoff. On Sunday, October 27 we are also opening the South Branch Library as an additional resource.

PG&E has opened a community resource center in Berkeley as well.

Air Quality

We are actively monitoring air quality levels. While the most recent information shows Berkeley at moderate levels, winds can shift conditions quickly.

If air quality bothers you, move indoors. Find information on preparing for and staying safe when air quality is poor at cityofberkeley.info/air-quality.

High fire risk continues

Heavy winds and dangerous fire conditions persist and are expected to continue into Monday. Residents should be prepared to evacuate quickly. See cityofberkeley.info/wildfire for evacuation information and download our printable evacuation checklist.

Stay alert and watch for fire or smoke and embers nearby. If you feel threatened, leave. Do not wait for an evacuation order.

Stay safe when the power is out

Until power is restored and dangerous conditions subside, please help us keep Berkeley safe by practicing these critical fire and traffic safety measures:

  • Don’t burn anything, including candles.
  • Don’t idle your car in the hills.
  • Keep roads in the hills clear so first responders can get through. Do not double park.
  • Drive carefully. Approach intersections with caution and treat traffic signals that are out as all-way stops.

See more for how to stay safe during power shutoffs at cityofberkeley.info/psps.

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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