RED FLAG WATCH from 11 pm Sunday through 5 pm Tuesday. Gusty offshore winds & drying conditions. Walk around your house to ensure it still complies with defensible space standards. Pack your go bag. Go to for more tips.
Oakland Firesafe Council


We can reduce the risks of disaster danger, such as from a wildfire or earthquake, to people and property in many ways.

Oakland Community Preparedness & Response (Oakland CP&R) provides awareness, resources, and support to help increase the community preparedness level and to improve disaster response capabilities for residents of Oakland (and beyond). OCP&R also works to organize neighborhoods for emergency preparedness trainingNeighborhood Watch for crime prevention, and for certification by the national Firewise USA™ program.

“A Brief Overview of Firescaping” with Marilyn Saarni, UC Master Gardener volunteer from Contra Costa County, and certified by Rescape in “Sustainable Firescaping”. Presentation recording and pdf.

The “Savvy Homeowner/Renter in Our Disaster-Prone Community” 5-part town hall series covers topics related to wildfire and earthquake preparedness, focusing on practical knowledge to help you to make good judgments and to take actionable steps towards disaster preparedness in your home and community. City staff and other experts provide in-depth information on how residents can protect their loved ones and property and be more resilient following a disaster during the 2021 Fire Season.

SESSION 1: The City of Oakland Prepares for the 2021 Fire Season

“What’s New about Oakland’s Wildfire Risk” – Nick Luby, Deputy Chief, Oakland Fire Department

Presentation without audio

Oakland’s City-wide Focus on Wildfire Prevention” – Joe Devries, Director of Interdepartmental Operations, City of Oakland

SESSION 2: Remember the Ember – Hardening Your Home Against Wildfire

Sheryl Drinkwater, Architect

SESSION 3: All About Defensible Space

Travis Hansen, Acting Vegetation Management Supervisor, Oakland Fire Department

SESSION 4: Not a Matter of If, But When–Earthquake Preparedness

Andrew Michael, Geophysicist, Earthquake Hazard Team, USGS
Michael Benthien, Executive Director of Earthquake Country Alliance, and Director for Communications, So. Cal. Earthquake Center

SESSION 5: Insurance Matters

Misha Tseitlin, 2021 Princeton Graduate & Bay Area Resident, Analysis of 2020 Insurance Non-Renewal Survey
Amy Bach, Executive Director, United Policyholders, Recent Trends in Insurance