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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    READYCommunity Graduation
    12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
    Mayor's Reception Room, 201, Philadelphia City Hall

    READYCommunity Graduation

    June 21, 2018
    12:30 pm to 1:00 pm, 30 mins
    Mayor's Reception Room, 201, Philadelphia City Hall
    City Community Groups Mark Milestone in Emergency Preparedness. READYCommunity Program Takes Being Ready to Residents Block by Block What: City public safety leaders will celebrate community groups from West Belmont, Wynnefield, and Overbrook neighborhoods for completing year-long training in the Office of Emergency Management's (OEM) READYCommunity program. Each community completed preparedness training through monthly workshops and meetings. They developed skills such as hands-only CPR, met with City partners like the Philadelphia Gas Works, learned how to build emergency Go-Bags, became aware of local hazards, and created a neighborhood emergency plan. The critical importance of emergency preparedness on a community level was shown last year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2017 was the costliest year for natural disasters in the United States at an estimated cost of $306 billion. The significance of being prepared for emergencies was displayed during disasters like Hurricane Harvey in Houston where neighbors became first-responders, helping those living around them. Who: • Dan Bradley, Director, Office of Emergency Management • Adam Thiel, Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department • Richard Ross, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department