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Safety & emergency preparedness

Sign up for emergency alerts

It’s important to have a way to get news and communicate with others during an emergency. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides alerts to keep you informed.


ReadyPhiladelphia is the region’s emergency alert system. There are two ways to register for notifications.

Text ReadyPhila to 888-777

Sign up for emergency and severe weather alerts by texting ReadyPhila to 888-777. The alerts are free, but your wireless provider may charge for text messaging.

Sign up and manage your preferences online

You can sign up for alerts on the ReadyPhiladelphia website. In addition to emergency and severe weather alerts, you can sign up to get notified about:

  • Transit issues.
  • Special events.
  • Sirens from Philadelphia prisons.

You can also choose how you receive alerts. You can get notifications through:

You can get alerts for up to five specific locations in Philadelphia. For example, sign up to get alerts for emergencies near your home, work, and school addresses.

You can unsubscribe from alerts by updating your account information.

Follow OEM on social media

The Office of Emergency Management posts real-time alerts on social media.

To stay up-to-date during an emergency, follow us on: