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.


Hurricane Maria Disaster Assistance Center Closed Thursday and Friday

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Disaster Assistance Services Center for those displaced by Hurricane Maria will be closed Thursday, November 23rd, and Friday, November 24th. Will reopen at the Rivera Recreation Center, 5th and Allegheny, Monday, November 27th at 9 a.m. More information on help available on our website.

Philadelphia hotels: Consider helping Hurricane Maria disaster survivors

Nearly a thousand Hurricane Maria disaster survivors have come to our assistance center in Philadelphia for help after being forced to leave their homes. Being close to their support networks is crucial to their recovery. Philadelphia hotels: By enrolling in FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, you can help them too by providing a short term housing solution. Visit this site to learn more or enroll.

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