July 31, 2017

Dear Campus Community,

On Friday, August 11, 2017, from 8 am-12 pm, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will conduct a full-scale earthquake exercise on the UC Berkeley campus. The exercise, Golden Alliance 2017, will give nearly 350 participants the opportunity to practice their role and responsibilities during a disaster. The impact to normal campus operations should be minimal and there is no expected action from non-participants.

Several teams will participate in the exercise, including the campus Emergency Operations Center in Warren Hall, the Crisis Management Team in California Hall, and first responders in Memorial Glade. Additionally, key campus units responsible for important response activities will participate from their respective Operations Centers. The Berkeley Seismology Lab, various community volunteers, and over 30 Building Coordinators and Emergency Management Area Coordinators will also participate.

You may observe first responders in the field near Memorial Glade and at other campus locations, as well as teams conducting building inspections in several campus buildings. The Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps will have a field triage tent set-up in Memorial Glade.

While there is no expected action from non-participants, I encourage you to use the exercise to enhance your personal preparedness. OEM has created a free emergency preparedness app that contains Berkeley-specific tips and emergency guidance. Please visit the OEM website for download instructions and to access further information on campus emergency procedures. I also encourage you to sign-up for urgent text alerts via the WarnMe website. Text alerts are the fastest way to get notified during an emergency.

Please contact OEM (oem@berkeley.edu) if you have further questions.


Thank you,

Margo Bennett
Chief of Police


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