Make a Plan
An emergency plan is essential for everyone in your family. With a plan in place, everyone can get in contact and meet in a single location. This plan should be shared with all members of your family.
Your plan should include:
- A single point of contact for all family members to call
- An out-of-state contact (During an emergency, long-distance phone lines may be more available than local lines.)
- Knowing other emergency plans (work, school, daycare, etc.)
- A single and back-up meeting place.
Download and fill out a family emergency plan at ready.gov or use it as a guide to create your own.
Build a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup batter
Download the Recommended Supplies List
It is important to be informed of various incidents that occur in the city and region. Hazards are categorized into natural, technological, and human-caused incidents. This website will provide you with a number of resources to stay informed and know what to do during an emergency.
AlertPA is the state emergency alerting system you can sign up for. Pennsylvania uses AlertPA to provide our citizens and partners with timely information to assist them in making informed decisions. AlertPA delivers emergency and weather alerts, health notifications, tax notifications, building alerts and updates to steer, guide and warn you on all your devices.
Ready.gov provides emergency alerts from the FEMA.
City of Pittsburgh Emergency Alerts COMING SOON
In any emergency, being prepared is the single most important step. Below are a number of documents and links to help you and your family to be prepared for the next emergency.
City of Pittsburgh All Hazards Plan
Under Ordinance 29, all buildings seven stories or higher must submit an All Hazards Plan.This plan requires detailing building systems, emergency contacts, evacuation plans, and hazard-specific plans. Please contact the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for any questions.
Emergency Resources for Pet Owners
Pet owners also need to plan for the welfare of their pets during an emergency. A pet emergency kit should include:
- Necessary medicine
- The names and addresses of vets outside of your area.
- Pet owners should also consider getting ID chips for their pets. The sad fact is that the vast majority of pets evacuated during an emergency are not reunited with their owners.
Emergency Resources for Parents
- Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book
- Owlie Flash Flood Info
- Owlie Lightning Safety Info for Kids
- Owlie Storm Info for Kids
- Owlie Tornado Safety Info for Kids
People with Disabilities
Business Owners and Operators
Business owners and operators need to ensure that their organizations and facilities are prepared and ready to handle all hazards that may occur. Not only is preparedness essential for emergencies, but it also lays the groundwork for business continuity and related risk management strategies.
Pittsburgh has a number of private sector associations that provide emergency management information and real-time alerts of emergencies which may impact your business.
- Three Rivers Contingency Planning Association (TRCPA)
- Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
Pittsburgh Private Sector Resources Catalog
The Pittsburgh Private Sector Resources Catalog (PSRC) centralizes access to resources from the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety and other local entities targeted at the private sector including small and large businesses, academia, utility providers, and other organizations that fall within the 16 critical infrastructure sectors outline by the Department of Homeland Security. This document collects the training, publications, guidance, alerts, newsletters, programs, and services available to the private sector across the City.
Catalog COMING SOON!
- Currently, Pittsburgh Emergency Management Agency is in the process of developing evacuation plans for the city. As these plans are made available to the public, they will be posted on this site.
- All business owners and operators should develop plans for, first, evacuating staff and visitors from their facility in case of an emergency and, second, evacuating staff from the city and re-establishing operations at an offsite location.
As part of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, we are continually inventorying and assessing Critical Infrastructure in the City. Part of this program includes conducting free infrastructure assessments for the purpose of providing options for consideration to asset owners and operators regarding improvement of security and resiliency. The information obtained in the assessments is protected from disclosure under federal law. More information about these assessments can be found in the Infrastructure Assessment Highlights document.
If you are interested in an assessment, contact the City’s Critical Infrastructure Manager, Adam Ameel, at email@example.com.
- In the event your business receives a suspicious package, contact 911.
- In the event your business receives a bomb or other type of threat, contact 911 immediately.