New Website: Emergency Preparedness for Nonprofits

Posted by on August 31, 2009

City website offers emergency preparedness info for nonprofits

September is National Preparedness Month and a time when the Department of Homeland Security, with the support of coalition partners, works to increase public awareness about emergency preparedness.  During the month of September, consider hosting or participating in activities related to preparedness.

This year, National Preparedness Month focuses on encouraging individuals, families and communities to get an Emergency Supply Kit; make a Family Emergency Plan; get informed about emergencies and their appropriate responses; and participate in emergency volunteer efforts.

In Philadelphia, the Office of Emergency Management has established a new webpage dedicated to information for nonprofit organizations and how they should prepare for an emergency.  The site offers a toolkit on Business Continuity Planning, a Planning Checklist, and other useful information.

The OEM is also hosting Family Preparedness Workshops in September on the following dates and times to help individuals and families be better prepared for any kind of emergency:
— Thursday, September 3rd at 7pm at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1200 W. Godfrey Avenue;
— Wednesday, September 9th at 7pm at the John Perzel Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent Street;
— Tuesday, September 15th at 7pm at the 6th Police District, 235 N. 11th Street;
— Thursday, September 17th at 7pm at Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6500 Tabor Road;
— Thursday, September 24th at 6pm at the 24th/25th Police Districts at 3901 Whitaker Avenue.

The workshops will feature presentations by the American Red Cross, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. There will be door prizes, information on Philadelphia’s neighborhood evacuation plans and signup sheets for emergency text alerts through ReadyNotifyPA.

For more information, click here.

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