Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 until further notice

COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is now available for everyone 5 and older! Get your children vaccinated today. Find a City-run vaccine clinic or partner vaccine clinic to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have questions about vaccination, call (215) 685-5488.


The City of Philadelphia’s notification system that provides you with emergency information is ReadyPhiladelphia.

There are two ways to sign up.

To receive text alerts to your phone on emergencies or severe weather, simply text ReadyPhila to 888-777.

To get more information sent as text or emails, like delays on your SEPTA routes, special events, sirens from Philadelphia prisons or the PES refinery, select your preferences on the ReadyPhiladelphia website.

Some alerts may include for evacuations and shelter in place instructions, and the locations of emergency evacuation shelters for the public.

Information comes direct from the source: National Weather Service, Philadelphia Police, Philadelphia Fire, SEPTA, the prisons in Northeast Philadelphia, and the PES refinery in Southwest Philadelphia.

ReadyPhiladelphia has options on how you receive alerts:

  • On your phone through a mobile application with push notifications.
  • Email
  • Text
  • Voicemail

Alerts can be targeted to specific locations. It’s easy. Just select up to five addresses in Philadelphia. You can sign up to get alerts for home, work, school, or other addresses important to you.

Your safety is our top concern. That’s why the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management wants to make sure you know about emergencies and incidents as they happen. By signing up for ReadyPhiladelphia, you’ll be informed about incidents that could impact your safety.

If you have any questions, email us at warning@phila.gov.