Fire danger in Berkeley, East Bay power shut-offs

October 25, 2020

Dear campus community,

As you are likely aware, forecasted high winds and dry conditions in the East Bay present a significant fire danger, leading PG&E to schedule Public Service Power Shut-Offs (PSPS) and officials in Berkeley to urge residents in parts of the city to consider relocating for the duration of the Red Flag Warning period.

Power Outages
Buildings on the main campus are currently not affected by the planned PSPS, but that could change depending on conditions. Visit the PG&E alerts website for the most current information and to see whether your home address is included in the planned power shut-off.

PG&E is setting up a community resource center in Berkeley for people who need to charge devices or access wifi during outages located at the Clark Kerr Campus, South Parking Lot Sunday, October 25: 3pm-10pm and Monday, October 26: 8am-10pm.

Fire Evacuation Awareness
The city of Berkeley is advising residents who live in higher elevations to consider relocating for the duration of the Red Flag Warning (Sunday, Oct. 25 at 11am through Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 5pm). The city of Berkeley has provided this map showing the two zones in the CalFire evacuation area that should be prepared in the event an evacuation order is issued. Please be sure you are subscribed to the AC Alert system so you receive regular updates from Alameda County, including evacuation orders. The latest AC alert can be found at this link.

Students living in the affected zones should prepare themselves in case the City of Berkeley asks them to evacuate (gather toiletries, medicines and a change of clothing; medical devices; valuables; school supplies; etc.). Students should make sure they are subscribed to the campus WarnMe system. Residence Hall Advisors will alert students living in residence halls in the event of an evacuation. Students would be temporarily relocated to Beverly Cleary Hall. 

Flexibility and Understanding
Many students, as well as staff and faculty, are affected by PSPS outages and potential evacuation orders. We encourage managers and supervisors to be flexible with employees should they need to take time off over the next two days AND faculty and instructors to show the same understanding with any students who are affected.

Thank you and be safe.

Paul Alivisatos
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Marc Fisher
Vice Chancellor for Administration

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