Preparing Your Family for Emergencies: Learn how at a free OEM workshop in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will conduct a Personal and Family Emergency Preparedness Workshop hosted by The Salvation Army on:

Friday, February 28, 10:00 a.m. at  The Salvation Army, 340 Brown Street, Philadelphia PA 19123

This workshop is the first of a series of workshops to be held in 2014 throughout Philadelphia.

Do you know what emergency supplies you should have on hand for emergencies?  Where will you go if you need to evacuate?  Are you familiar with the City’s evacuation routes?   Do you know how to shelter in place if it is too dangerous to leave your home?  How will you stay informed during an emergency?  In addition to winter weather, learn how to prepare for hurricanes, hazardous material spills, and other types of emergencies by attending a Personal and Family Preparedness Workshop.

“The recent winter storms in Philadelphia have been constant reminders that we all need to develop a Family Emergency Plan,” said Deputy Director for External Affairs Joan Przybylowicz. “Residents should also have an emergency supply kit with essential items, such as bottled water, a portable radio, flashlights and extra batteries on hand as well.”

During the Personal and Family Preparedness Workshops, residents will learn how to develop a family emergency plan, stay informed when an emergency strikes, and find out what items you will need for a family emergency supply kit.

The time to start planning for an emergency is not in the middle of one.  In an emergency, you’re either ready or you’re not.  Be ready. Make a plan. Get what you need.

To learn more about how to prepare for emergencies, visit the Office of Emergency Management’s web site at www.phila.gov/ready or call 3-1-1.  You can also follow PhilaOEM on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, You Tube and Blogspot.

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