The Berkeley City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to let the city's first responders, including police, join in this year's Urban Shield exercise.
Berkeley officials are set to vote Monday afternoon, during a special meeting, on whether to allow city police officers to take part in Urban Shield tactical exercises this year.
With questions raised over whether city officials can legally make decisions about police training, Mayor Jesse Arreguín pulled his support from a recent vote on Urban Shield.
City officials have voted, preliminarily, to keep BPD out of Urban Shield despite protests from the city manager's office and the police and fire chiefs.
Despite initial resistance, a neighborhood group held its first active-shooter drill in Berkeley. One participant said she now knows what to do if it happened for real.
While 2017 was the most destructive year ever for wildfires, 2018 is already proving worse. Fire officials are encouraging people to clear brush and plan fire evacuation routes.
A small volunteer group is building a radio communications network so Berkleley neighborhoods can communicate during emergencies when the power grid and internet are down.
Take part in a five-minute earthquake drill wherever you are Oct. 19 and start the process of preparing for a disaster.
With several heat warnings in effect over the next few days into Labor Day weekend, Berkeley is preparing for temperatures into the upper 90s, the city announced Thursday.
The city of Berkeley has just launched a new disaster alert system set to replace the old way of spreading the word about emergencies.
Scores of paramedics and police met Thursday at a Muslim college in North Berkeley to practice how they might respond if gunmen one day target the campus.
With the anniversaries of the Loma Prieta earthquake and the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm occurring in the middle of a “hot” election, there’s been much discussion about safety in the hills. Councilwoman Susan Wengraf has made this a key issue in her bid for re-election to the Council for District 6, by promising to “underground all utilities in the city” — a promise that is not only not impractical but dangerous because it leads the city away from solutions that will actually save lives.
The principal did it. The janitor did it. The students did it. At 10:20 a.m. last Thursday, everyone at LeConte Elementary School in Berkeley participated in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. They dropped under the nearest table, covered their heads, and held on tight.