Monday, September 29, 2014

National Preparedness Month: Prepare Your Pets for Emergencies

Dog with Emergency Kit

Remember to include pets in your household emergency plan. If you must evacuate, bring your pets, too – it’s not safe to leave them behind.

Service animals and pets are allowed in certain shelters. Plan for your pet's safety now, before an emergency. Create a Pet Emergency Kit with the following items:

  • At least a three-day supply of food and water (One gallon of water per pet per day – Three gallons of water per pet)
  • Manual can opener for wet food
  • Copies of your animal’s health records, registration, license number, microchip number, and proof of vaccinations
  • Medications for your pet or a list of the medications your pet takes regularly, including the type of medication, dosage, and the condition for which your pet takes the medication
  • Contact list of veterinarian and local animal clinics
  • Animal first-aid kit, including flea and tick treatment
  • Extra collar, leash and muzzle
  • Recent photo of your pet for identification
  • Toys and treats
  • Litter, litter box and scoop
  • Plastic bags, paper towels, and cleaning supplies for clean-up
  • Collapsible carrier and cover sheet

For more information on how to prepare your pets for emergencies, visit the For Pets page.

Monday, September 22, 2014

National Preparedness Month: Sign Up for ReadyNotifyPA

Find out first with ReadyNotifyPA, the region's emergency text and email alert system. Sign up to be warned about impending emergencies, stay informed during emergencies, know when an emergency is cleared and how to recover afterward. Emergency alerts still go out through traditional media; but, folks are not always watching TV or listening to the radio when emergencies happen. Receive important alerts directly on your text or email enabled device and find out first with ReadyNotifyPA.

To sign up, visit the

Emergency alerts are offered for Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Choose which alerts you want to receive from any of the counties. In addition to the emergency alerts, Philadelphia allows subscribers to select any or all of the following alerts:

  • National Weather Service Alerts
  • SEPTA Transportation Alerts
  • PennDOT Road Closures Alerts
  • Pennsylvania State Police Amber Alerts
  • Health Alerts
  • Philadelphia Prison System Alerts
  • Philadelphia Police Department Alerts
  • City Government Closings
  • Court Closings
  • Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery Notifications

The alerts are free; however, your cellular provider may charge for text messaging. For more information, visit

Monday, September 15, 2014

National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared to Shelter-in-Place

In the event of an emergency where it is safer to stay indoors, like a major storm or hazardous materials incident; be prepared to Shelter-in-Place.

Prepare to Shelter-in-Place by identifying a room in your home that is large enough for everyone in your household, including pets; that is above street level; with as few doors and windows as possible; with access to water, electricity, a phone jack and bathroom facilities. Officials may instruct you to seal the room, so be ready to seal any doors, windows, air vents and exhaust fans with plastic sheeting and duct tape. Also, it's important to know how to turn off exhaust fans, heating and cooling systems and close any fireplace dampers.

Then, create a Shelter-in-Place Kit with at least a three day supply of the following items for everyone in your home, including pets:

  • Three gallons of drinking water per person, per day.
  • Food that will not perish easily, such as granola bars, energy bars and canned foods.
  • Manual can opener and eating utensils.
  • Plastic sheeting (pre-cut to fit your doors, windows, air vents), scissors and duct tape.
  • First-aid Kit.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
  • A whistle to signal for help.
  • Iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach and an eyedropper. (Disinfect water ONLY if directed to do so by health officials. To disinfect water with bleach, add 8 drops of bleach per gallon of water.)
  • Personal care items: soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper and baby wipes.
  • Phone that does not need electricity (just plugs into a phone jack).
  • Child care supplies or other special needs items like medicine or supplies for your pets.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Philadelphia Housing Authority's Queen Lane Apartment Building Implosion

Queen Lane Apartment Building

Traffic Advisory and Precautions

Due to the implosion of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Queen Lane high-rise apartment building, located at 301 W. Queen Lane, the Philadelphia Police Department will enforce no parking restrictions from Saturday, September 13 from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following roads:

  • Morris Street from W. Hansberry Street to W. Coulter Street
  • Pricilla Street from W. Queen Lane to W. Coulter Street
  • Alfred Street from W. Penn Street to W. Coulter Street
  • Pulaski Avenue from W. Hansberry Street to W. Coulter Street
  • New Hall Street from Queen Lane to W. Coulter Street

Vehicles left within the evacuation and dust impact zone will be towed and relocated starting at 5:00 a.m. All towed vehicles will be relocated to a legal parking space outside of the dust impact zone. Vehicles will not be towed back. Residents must dial 911 to determine where their vehicle has been moved to.

The SEPTA K bus route will be detoured around the implosion site beginning 5:00 a.m. Saturday:

  • Eastbound via Queen Lane: Right/Wissahickon Avenue, Left/Manheim Street, Left/Wayne Avenue, back to its regular route
  • Westbound Via Wayne Avenue: Right/Manheim Street, Right/Wissahickon Avenue, Left/Queen Lane

It is anticipated that the implosion will generate dust within a limited, two-block radius around the implosion site. Officials anticipate that only a small portion of the Dust Impact Zone will be impacted by the dust, which will travel in only one direction based on the day’s prevailing winds. Dust cleanup efforts will begin immediately after the implosion site is deemed safe. See attached map of the Evacuation and Dust Impact Zones.

The Health Department advises residents to protect themselves from possible harm during the implosion and advises all residents to stay away from the area. Those who are outdoors should move away from the dust cloud should it come in their direction. Officials involved in the implosion will be equipped with dust masks for their protection. Anyone who must be in the area should wear a general-purpose mask of the kind available at most home improvement stores. 

Evacuation Zone – One Block Radius around the High-Rise Building
For safety reasons, residents who live in buildings located within a one-block radius of the high-rise building are required to leave their homes for several hours by 6:00 a.m. and until the post-implosion cleanup is completed for their own safety. Residents should bring their pets with them as pets can be sensitive to dust. This area will also be posted as a No Parking Zone.  

Dust Impact Zone – Additional One Block Radius around the High-Rise Building
Residents who live within the Dust Impact Zone have been advised to “shelter in place”, which means to stay inside with doors and windows closed tightly until the post-implosion cleaning is completed. Residents in the Dust Impact Zone should bring their pets inside during the implosion. The Dust Impact Zone includes: Hansberry Street to McKean Avenue to West Coulter Street to Wayne Avenue.

To prevent the effects of dust, residents should make sure all doors and windows are closed tightly and turn off all air-intakes and exhaust fans before the implosion. Place a piece of tape or a rolled up towel in any broken windows or doors to block air gaps.

Follow #QLImplosion, @PhilaOEM, @PhillyPolice, @PHLPublicHealth, @SEPTA, @SEPTA_Bus, @SEPTA_Social, @RedPawRelief for more information.

Evacuation and Dust Zone Map