Statement on Public Safety Power Shutoff

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October 8, 2019

Mayor Jesse Arreguin issued the following statement regarding PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff, which will begin around midnight on October 9th and is expected to impact roughly 32,500 customers throughout Alameda County, including many in the Berkeley Hills.

"Our City has been actively working to address the concerns of the community regarding the impending public safety power shutdown. Residents living in the Berkeley Hills should expect to lose power in the early overnight hours, and to have no power for at least 36 hours, and potentially up to six days. Those who have concerns with accessibility needs or usage of life sustaining medical equipment that is compromised during an outage are encouraged to plan to evacuate and to call the City’s Customer Service Line 311 (510-981-2489) so we can get your information.

Please remember to charge your electronic devices before going to bed tonight. If your devices are not working, you will be able to charge your device and get information at Berkeley Public Library branches during regular library business hours.  The Library will also provide 24-hour Wi-Fi access during this outage:


North Berkeley Library

1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707


Claremont Library

2940 Benvenue Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705


Central Library

2090 Kittredge St., 94704


West Branch Library

1125 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

South Berkeley Library

1901 Russell Street, 94703

The safety of our residents is my biggest priority. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as soon as they are available. For more information and tips on how to prepare, visit our City website at”

Jesse Arreguin