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Office of Emergency Management

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.

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  • Sep
    PennReady Health and Public Safety Fair
    11:00 am to 2:00 pm

    PennReady Health and Public Safety Fair

    September 29, 2023
    11:00 am to 2:00 pm, 3 hours
    Ready 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).
  • Oct
    Nationwide Emergency Alert Test
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

    October 4, 2023
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 1 hour

    FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this fall.

    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.

    Learn more: FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Oct. 4, 2023 |

  • Nov
    Daylight Saving Time ends
    2:00 am to 3:00 am

    Daylight Saving Time ends

    November 5, 2023
    2:00 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.