Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Aaron Lee, Deputy Fire Chief, (510) 981-5502

FREE DISASTER SUPPLIES FOR NEIGHBORHOODS

Berkeley, California (Friday, February 14, 2014) - Berkeley neighborhoods can now apply to get a free container stocked with important supplies - including a fire hose, radios, a 50-person first aid kit and a portable generator -- that can help them survive the aftermath of an earthquake or other natural disaster.

The City of Berkeley's Office of Emergency Services distributes these emergency supply caches to neighborhoods or community organizations that have already completed many essential preparation tasks, such as participation in the City's Community Emergency Response Training program. Since 2003, 88 containers stocked with disaster equipment have been distributed throughout the City.

"Every household, neighborhood and community group must be prepared to survive on their own for at least five days until services can be restored," said Deputy Fire Chief, Aaron Lee. "This program enhances Berkeley's disaster preparedness by giving direct support to neighborhoods and community organizations. No one is prepared until everyone is prepared."

The equipment includes a portable generator, fire suppression hoses and nozzles, a 50-person disaster first aid kit, portable communication radios, protective gear like hard hats and gloves, lighting equipment, tools and other safety gear.

Visit the Office of Emergency Services website for more information and download the application from here. The supplies are funded through Measure GG, which voters passed in November of 2008 and which funded a limited number of emergency supply caches

Applications for the 2014 Community Emergency Supply Program will continue through May 23, 2014. Applications can be picked up at the Fire Department Administrative Offices at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 2nd Floor, Monday-Friday, 8-5 or online at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/fire/OES. Caches will be awarded based on several criteria, including geographical distribution across the City, the risk assessment of the neighborhood, and the level of neighborhood involvement in the Community Emergency Response Training program.

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