Monday, April 20, 2015

See Something, Say Something

The Philadelphia Police Department Homeland Security Unit is always seeking information regarding suspicious activity and they need your help. Forward any information to them, no matter how insignificant it may appear:

If you see someone or something suspicious that may cause immediate life-threatening danger, report it to the nearest police or security officer, or call 9-1-1.

  • A suspicious person may be someone who is:
  • In an unauthorized area;
  • In the wrong place or appears lost;
  • Dressed in oversize clothing that appears to be concealing something; and
  • Not wearing company ID in a facility where a visible badge is required.

Suspicious activity may be a person who is:

  • Photographing, recording or sketching the exterior of a facility that would arouse suspicion beyond of a reasonable person;
  • Loitering and/or watching customers or employees;
  • Acting in a disorderly manner that alarms or disturbs others;
  • Demonstrating unusual interest in facilities, buildings or infrastructure beyond mere casual or professional interest;
  • Claiming to be a delivery person, contractor, law enforcement officer, reporter or service technician without proper identification;
  • Questioning individuals at a level beyond mere curiosity about particular facets of a facility;
  • Asking specific questions about key personnel;
  • Testing security interactions with or challenges to installations, personnel or systems that reveal physical , personnel or cyber security capabilities; and
  • Attempting to obtain or conduct training in security concepts or other unusual capabilities (military weapons or tactics).
Be able to provide a description of any potential persons involved. Avoid approaching anyone who appears outwardly dangerous or threatening.

A suspicious item or vehicle that may have:

  • Any unattended bag, box, container, luggage or package in a public or general area;
  • Tanks or bottles of chemicals;
  • Unidentified mist, gas, vapor or odor;
  • Liquids appearing to be leaking or seeping from suspicious items;
  • An unidentifiable object with visible wires, antennas, batteries, timing devices, pipes with the ends covered, etc.; and
  • Any visibly dangerous weapons or explosives.

Take note of the location of the suspicious item and vehicle license plate. Refrain from using any cellular or radio device within 50 feet of a suspicious item.

Monday, April 13, 2015

National Volunteer Week: Become a Volunteer

We all have a role to play in keeping Philadelphia safe and secure. This year, the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management honored the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team during National Volunteer Week for their work assisting pets and pet owners impacted by emergencies.

You can participate in the City's security by taking simple steps to be prepared for emergencies, getting trained in basic first-aid or volunteering to help local emergency response agencies.

Consider volunteering as a member of any of these agencies who are helping Philadelphia’s first responders prepare for emergencies:

  • American Red Cross, Eastern Pennsylvania Region
  • Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
  • Philadelphia County Animal Response Team
  • Philadelphia Fire Department
  • Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps
  • Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee
  • Philadelphia Town Watch Integrated Services
  • Red Paw Emergency Relief Team
  • The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia
  • Second Alarmers Association of Philadelphia
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters

Monday, April 6, 2015

6 Ways to Prevent the Spread of Infectious Disease

Infectious Diseases can lead to large-scale emergencies, such as Pandemic Influenza, so it is important to know how to stay safe. With next week being Public Health Week, here some ways to prevent the spread of infectious disease from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent the spread of the illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands and practice good hygiene.
  • Regularly clean surfaces that are touched by multiple people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches their face.

Monday, March 30, 2015

6 Thunderstorm Safety Tips


All thunderstorms produce lightning and have the potential for danger. Those dangers can include tornadoes, strong winds, hail, wildfires and flash flooding, which is responsible for more fatalities than any other thunderstorm-related hazard.

Lightning’s risk to individuals and property is increased because of its unpredictability, which emphasizes the importance of preparedness. It often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months in the afternoon and evening.

During a Thunderstorm: 

  • Stay inside a building or hard-top vehicle.
  • Stay clear of tall, isolated trees, hilltops, open fields, beaches, or any metal objects that may act as lightning rods.
  • Avoid showering, bathing, and using a phone that has a cord, except in an emergency. (Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.)
  • Unplug appliances, televisions, computers and air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • If outside, take cover immediately but never stand under a tall tree in an open area.
  • Don’t touch metal, electrical equipment, telephones, bathtubs, water faucets or sinks.