What we do
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) works to ensure the City of Philadelphia is ready for any kind of emergency. OEM works with organizations throughout the City to prepare for possible emergencies in the City, lessen their impact, and recover as quickly as possible.
To meet our mission, the OEM:
- Teaches the public how to prepare for emergencies.
- Develops public safety plans for major events within the City.
- Oversees development of the City’s plans for large-scale emergencies and disasters.
- Conducts training and exercises to test the effectiveness of plans and policies.
- Collects, analyzes, and disseminates incident information.
- Coordinates and supports responses to and recovery from emergencies.
- Obtains funding in support of preparedness for Philadelphia.
Sep29EventPennReady Health and Public Safety Fair11:00 am to 2:00 pmEvent
PennReady Health and Public Safety FairSeptember 29, 202311:00 am to 2:00 pm, 3 hoursReady or Not... Health and Safety Fair; an afternoon of fun as Public Safety provides safety and wellness information along with many campus partners; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; field at University of Pennsylvania, 39th Street and Locust Walk (PennReady).
Oct4EventNationwide Emergency Alert Test2:00 pm to 3:00 pmEvent
Nationwide Emergency Alert TestOctober 4, 20232:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 1 hour
The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. This will be the third nationwide test, but the second test to all cellular devices. The test message will display in either English or in Spanish, depending on the language settings of the wireless handset.
The EAS portion of the test will be sent to radios and televisions. This will be the seventh nationwide EAS test.
Nov5EventDaylight Saving Time ends2:00 am to 3:00 amEvent
Daylight Saving Time endsNovember 5, 20232:00 am to 3:00 am, 1 hour
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at 2:00 A.M. At this time, we “fall back” one hour!
Daylight Saving Time (“DST”) is the practice of moving the clocks forward one hour from Standard Time during the summer months and changing them back again in the fall.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) helps the city, state, and federal government understand to what degree hazards, like flooding or a blizzard, may affect Philadelphia.
The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) establishes the doctrine and principles for the City of Philadelphia’s emergency management program.