March 29, 2019
Staying connected to important information before, during, and after severe weather, an emergency, or special-event that impacts your life and the lives of those around you is critical.
The City of Philadelphia offers an easy solution to help ensure your safety and awareness: free ReadyPhiladelphia alerts sent from our office.
Did you know that ReadyPhiladelphia offers 11 types of free message categories, so you can stay connected to important information whether you live, work, or play in the City?
From sirens to street closures, ReadyPhiladelphia keeps you informed.
There are two ways to sign up.
For free weather or emergency information alerts, simply use our quick text-to-enroll feature by texting READYPHILA to 888-777.
To customize your free text or email alerts, please visit our website, www.phila.gov/ready, and choose the categories that interest you, for up to five different addresses that are important to you.
- Sent by OEM, emergency messages include dangerous weather alerts, details about major events, press releases regarding public safety incidents, and emergency orders to the public. When you choose to enroll in ReadyPhiladelphia, you will automatically receive these emergency alerts.
- Awareness messages sent by OEM on incidents or events that may impact you, such as highway closures or large-scale events that affect everyday life.
Philadelphia Police Alerts
- Published by Philadelphia Police, subscribers are notified of crime in their area, street closures, and upcoming events hosted by the Philadelphia Police.
SEPTA Transit Alerts
- Service disruption and delay information direct from SEPTA’s control center. Riders can select any or all of the SEPTA alerts available through ReadyPhiladelphia; Regional Rail, Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line, City & Suburban Trolley Lines, Norristown High-Speed Line, and City & Suburban Bus Routes. You can choose to have alerts sent between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, or 24/7, including weekends.
Public Health Information
- Philadelphia Department of Public Health sends messages that contain key health information related to emergency preparedness as well as disease prevention, education, and health-related surveillance.
Philadelphia Prison System Community Alerts
- The Philadelphia Department of Prisons sends messages that primarily contain information about the monthly test of its Emergency Siren. If there is a rising disturbance within the inmate population that requires the maximum response, or in the unlikely event of an inmate escape, it will be shared with the public.
Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex Alerts
- The PES Refining Complex sends messages to subscribers about emergencies at the refining complex and alert siren testing.
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Special Event Road Closures
- Sent by Parks and Rec, these messages contain information about special event and emergency road closures that impact activities or transit in their park system.
Streets Department Service Announcements
- The Philadelphia Department of Streets sends messages regarding the following city services; street improvements, winter storm impact, snow emergencies, changes to sanitation collections and or routes, and leaf collection.
Schuylkill River Flooding Alerts
- Using information from the National Weather Service Mount Holly and flood gauges along the river, information is sent regarding impact and location of possible flooding when the Schuylkill River threatens to go over its banks and cause flooding on roads and neighborhoods.
Delaware River Flooding Alerts
- Using information from the National Weather Service Mount Holly and flood gauges along the river, information is sent regarding impact and location of possible flooding when the rise in the Delaware River may cause flooding on roads and neighborhoods.