Councilmember Susan Wengraf
Extreme Weather
Event Update

October 26, 2020
Dear Friends & Neighbors,

==A huge shout-out to our first responders and executive team, who did a great job working to protect us and to keep us safe during the past few days.

==Berkeley was lucky. We had seven calls for fallen trees or limbs, no injuries, and no fires. PG&E turned off power to 750 Berkeley households, mostly in the Claremont and Panoramic Hill areas.

==The City will be evaluating their responses and lessons learned.

==Having been put to the test in a real-life situation, we all learned how to better prepare ourselves for the future. Thanks to all of you who co-operated by parking your cars off the street and alerting the city to downed trees.

==Take care,
Weather Event Update

==The National Weather Service Red Flag Warning for the Berkeley hills lasts until 5pm Tuesday, October 27.

==While high winds creating extreme fire risk in the Berkeley hills have subsided, residents should still remain on alert as high fire danger will remain until early Tuesday evening. Berkeley residents – especially those living east of Spruce St. -  should still pay attention.
== Sign up for emergency alerts, review evacuation plans, pack or refresh “go-bags,” and park off-street when possible. PG&E will be updating their website to let people experiencing outages know when power will be restored. Click here to check your address.==
Garbage Pickups Re-scheduled
Waste and recycling pickups pushed back one day all week

==Residential waste, recycling, and compost pickups will resume on Tuesday, October 27. All residential pickups citywide will be pushed back one day for the rest of the week.
==Monday customers will have pickup on Tuesday, Tuesday pickups on Wednesday and so on, with Friday pickups collected on Saturday. Our regular collection schedule will resume Monday, November 2.
Public Safety Power Shut-Offs
==PG&E claims that it may be necessary to turn off your electricity to keep you safe from the risk of wildfire during extreme weather events. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). They promise to provide notifications two days in advance, then one day in advance, and right before they turn off your power. You will be notified through calls, texts and emails. I will also try to notify you in a timely way.

==Factors that PG&E considers when they are making their decision:

  • A red flag warning called by the National weather Service
  • Low humidity levels
  • Sustained winds of above 25 mph in the forecast
  • Very dry ground fuel
  • On the ground, real time observations

==You can find out more here.

==When you get notification, use that time to prepare for being without power. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have a supply of batteries for my radio and devices?
  • Do I have medications that need refrigeration?
  • Do I use medical devices that rely on electricity?
  • If power goes out, do I know how to open the garage door manually?
  • Have I charged up all my devices like cell phones and laptops?
  • Do I have any neighbors with a generator or battery supply that I can access?
  • Do I have enough LED lanterns to provide sufficient light? DO NOT USE CANDLES for light.
  • Do I have a battery operated radio to receive news and updates?
Emergency Notifications
==AC Alert will be Berkeley's primary emergency alerting system for the public. It is one of the tools the City of Berkeley uses to communicate emergency information and instructions to the community. AC Alert can send:
  • Voice alerts to phones
  • SMS text messages
  • Email
  • TTY/TDD messages
   Listed AT&T "land lines" are automatically included to receive voice messages from AC Alert for emergency warnings. Community members must sign up to receive voice or text alerts on cell phones, VoIP phones, unlisted phones, TTY/TDDs or through email.

   If you want to receive emergency alerts and updates, sign up for AC Alert.
  • Need a new refuse can?
  • Have a favorite pothole you want filled?
  • Want to report illegal dumping?

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Susan Wengraf
Berkeley City Council District 6
(510) 981-7160