Thursday, December 31, 2009
“We need as many ways to connect with our community members as possible,” said Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. “This is a great way for all who live and work here in Philadelphia to get involved with the Department, as well as receive important information about crime patterns, trends and wanted persons.”
“With the addition of police alerts to this system, the Police Department is now able to get critical information to the public very quickly,” said Deputy Managing Director for Emergency Management MaryAnn E. Tierney. “Any relevant information the public can provide to 9-1-1 about a crime or alleged perpetrator will help make the City safer for all of us. Additionally, ReadyNotifyPA is an excellent tool for all Philadelphians to use in partnering with the Police Department in ongoing community initiatives.”
The public can sign up to receive three different types of police alerts, including single district alerts (such as alerts based on the district in which they live), multiple police districts, or city-wide police alerts. Additionally, users can receive traffic alerts, offered jointly by the PPD and PennDOT. The crime alerts sent by the Department may include information about violent crimes, wanted offenders, crime patterns and Amber Alerts, as well informational messages relevant to the subscriber’s neighborhood, which can include local community meetings and events, safety tips and crime prevention messages.
“Many people are used to receiving information via email and cell phones,” said Managing Director Camille Barnett. “We want all of our citizens to know that alerts coming from ReadyNotifyPA will be sent when it matters most. This is another way that we can bridge the information divide between City government and the public we serve.”
Powered by Cooper Notification’s Roam Secure Alert Network™ (RSAN™), police alerts sent through ReadyNotifyPA are free for subscribers. Wireless carrier providers, however, may apply standard text messaging rates. Subscribers will be able to register an unlimited number of devices and accounts to receive messages from ReadyNotifyPA. Visit www.readynotifypa.org, and click on “Philadelphia, PA” to sign up and stay informed.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
During a snow or ice storm this winter when the roads may be treacherous, use public transportation if you must travel.
However, if you must drive:
- Avoid driving until road crews clear roadways.
- Before starting your car, clear snow from the tail pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Completely clear your vehicle of snow and ice, including windows, mirrors, roof, trunk, hood, and lights.
- Travel in daylight and don't travel alone.
- Stay on main roads.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas, such as shady spots and bridges.
- Drive at speeds dictated by conditions.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the roadway.
- Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these vehicles as you would emergency response vehicles.
- Carry a cell phone.
- Let family or friends know your travel schedule and routes.
- Keep a small sack of sand or kitty litter in your car for generating traction under wheels.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Snow Emergency Routes Text
Snow Emergency Routes Map
The most important thing any individual can do is take a few minutes to discuss with their family, friends and loved ones what they will do in the case of an emergency or disaster. This includes developing a simple family communications plan and identifying how you would get in touch with loved ones and where you might meet if you are separated when an emergency or disaster takes place.
Additionally, there are simple supplies that can go a long way in the case of an emergency or disaster that would make great gifts this holiday season.
- Disaster kits for homes, offices and autos (first aid kits; food, water and prescription medications for 72 hours; i.e., extra clothing, blankets, and flashlights).
- NOAA weather radios with extra batteries.
- Enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class.
- Fire extinguishers (for kitchen, garage, car, etc.)
- Foldable ladders for second-story escape in a fire.
- Car kits (emergency flares, shovels, ice scrapers, flashlights and fluorescent distress flags).
- Pet Disaster kits (food, water, leashes, dishes and carrying case or crate).
- Battery powered lamps
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Emergency Rest Centers are locations made available to residents for a temporary place of refuge in times of emergency. This program intends to establish a series of ERCs throughout all seven Police Divisions of the City.
A variety of incidents could require the activation of ERCs throughout all, or parts, of the City of Philadelphia. Like other large metropolitan areas, Philadelphia must have the capabilities to evacuate large masses of people and assist them during such evacuations. Additionally, ERCs may be activated as support for localized, small-scale emergencies within Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Learn what it takes to become an Emergency Rest Center, how your organization can participate or how you can become involved by visiting the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management at www.phila.gov/ready.
Friday, December 11, 2009
The Philadelphia Fire Department recommends placing your live tree in a special mixture to keep it from drying out and becoming a fire hazard. Start by mixing the following ingredients in a five gallon bucket.
- 2 gallons of hot water.
- 2 cups of Karo syrup.
- 2 ounces of liquid chlorine bleach.
- 2 pinches of Epsom Salt.
- 1/2 teaspoon of Borax.
- 1 teaspoon of chelated iron.
Make a fresh cut one inch from the bottom of the tree and place it in this mixture for 24 hours. Then place the tree in its stand and add this mixture. Remember to top it off each day.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Philadelphia Fire Department recommends the following tips for the proper care and maintenance of Holiday Trees:
- Select a moist fresh tree, bend the end of a branch and make sure it flexes and doesn't snap off.
- Make a 1-inch fresh cut at the base of the tree.
- Place tree firmly in the stand with plenty of room for water.
- Check electrical cords for wear and outlets for overloading.
- Never leave lighted trees unattended.
- Don't let the tree block exits or stairs.
- Keep the tree away from portable heaters and other heat sources.
- The tree should be free of ornaments and decorations before disposal or recycle.