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: 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18

Safety & emergency preparedness

Access to restricted areas

The Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) program helps businesses reduce damage and loss resulting from disasters by allowing access to restricted areas after an emergency has happened.

The program works by offering businesses a way to identify and authenticate “critical business employees.” Once they are credentialed through CEAS, these employees receive a secure identification card, which police will recognize, and receive access to restricted areas following a disaster or serious emergency.

Critical business employees can then enter a work site to assess damage and retrieve vital records, valuable assets, and other critical equipment, to limit operational downtime and to speed up recovery. Early access also gives businesses the ability to rescue hardware and stabilize core IT systems.

ID allocation and costs

Participating businesses receive a set number of emergency access ID cards for critical employees, based on total employee population.

Program participants cover the costs for the CEAS program. However, rather than charge a yearly fee to participating companies, CEAS builds all costs associated with the program (like application management, card production, and training)  into the cost of the ID cards. This way, costs are distributed equitably, with smaller businesses paying a relatively lower fee for fewer employees and larger companies paying more.

Enroll in the program

To enroll, visit the CEAS website or call their Customer Support Center at (888) 353-BNET.  

Participating businesses must comply with specific requirements, including minimum liability insurance coverage and indemnification. The CEAS website has additional information pertaining to these insurance requirements.


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