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Safety & emergency preparedness

Code Red

During very hot weather, the City can declare a Code Red to protect people who are homeless. A Code Red also affects dog shelter requirements.

For people who are homeless:

  • Call the outreach team at (215) 232-1984 if you see someone on the street who needs help.
  • Call 911 if there’s a medical emergency.

For pets:

  • All dogs must have shade to protect them from the sun. If you don’t provide your dog shade, you could face a fine of $500 or more.
  • To report a dog left outdoors in very hot weather, call the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCTPhilly) at (267) 385-3800.