Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fifth-most populousin the United States, with an estimated population in 2014 of 1,560,297. In the Northeastern United States, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley, a metropolitan area home to 7.2 million people and the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.
Emergencies can happen anywhere, at anytime. The following information resources will help you plan ahead and know what to do when emergencies happen.
Prepare for an Emergency
If you are not ready for common hazards, you and your family are more likely to get hurt or sick, lose money and property, and have a harder time recovering when the emergency is over. Planning and preparation will help you avoid risks and give you peace of mind.
Do you know which natural hazards Philadelphia can face? Find out how to prepare for the severe weather types that are most likely to affect our region.
Accidents and acts of violence are both dangerous and frightening. Read about these hazards to learn how you can detect possible threats, prepare for specific situations, and protect yourself.
It doesn’t happen often, but a large-scale emergency could mean that you have to get away from your home, business, school, or community quickly. Learn more about how to get to safety when City officials tell you to evacuate.
After an Emergency
Learn about resources available to help residents and businesses recover as quickly as possible after a disaster.
How You Can Help
When you make emergency donations or volunteer with a disaster response organization, you can help people recover and make your community stronger. Find out how you can help after an emergency strikes.
The Office of Emergency Management offers emergency preparedness workshops to civic associations, faith-based groups, senior centers, town watch, and other residential groups of 20 or more people. Find out what you’ll learn and how you can schedule a workshop near you.
The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is an emergency services, nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, the Philadelphia Fire Department, the American Red Cross, and other public and private disaster relief organizations to provide emergency assistance including search & rescue, emergency transport, shelter, and veterinary care to animals involved in fires and other residential disasters.
Our mission is to provide relief and recovery for displaced pets and their people 24/7, and to ensure that ALL family members are taken care of during and after a disaster in their home.
- To provide emergency services to animals displaced by disaster situations, including fires, flooding, gas leaks, building collapses, hurricanes, etc. and to keep families together
- To impart education on best practices and guidelines concerning responsible pet care including the importance of veterinary care, training, exercise, socialization, and companionship
- To promote community awareness of fire prevention and emergency preparedness guidelines to include pets
- To uphold accountability and maintain a presence in communities and keep our supporters informed