Safety Resources

In case of emergency

Ready City

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
  • Flashlight                        
  • 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

Stay Informed

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.

All Hazards Plan Template

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:

  • Food
  • Water
  • 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

Senior Citizens

Special Needs

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.

Local Organizations 

Pittsburgh has a number of private sector associations that provide emergency management information and real-time alerts of emergencies which may impact your business.

Pittsburgh Private Sector 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.


Business Evacuation

  • 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.

Critical Infrastructure

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 adam.ameel@pittsburghpa.gov.

Suspicious Packages

  • 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.

Get A Kit - 72-Hour-Kits


Report Suspicious Activity


However, if nobody is in danger and yet you feel that government and law enforcement entities should be made aware of suspicious activity, please feel free to fill out a Suspicious Activity Report or a Suspect/Vehicle Description Report

Public Safety officials will require as much information and details about what you saw as possible. Please review the two documents in the section “What Information to Include” for help when reporting individuals or vehicles that you saw involved during the suspicious activity.

If you have any questions about the reporting process or would like to discuss any previous activity that seems suspicious in nature, please feel free to call us Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 412-255-2633.

REMEMBER – when witnessing something active, always call 9-1-1 immediately!

See Something, Say Something!

If you see something, say something! Learn more about the campaign on improving the process of alerting government and law enforcement to information that could play a crucial role in keeping Pittsburgh secure.

Volunteer Opportunities

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT):

  • CERT is a training program that prepares people to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community.

Fire Corps:

  • Fire Corps promotes the use of citizen advocates (volunteers) to support and augment the capacity of resource-constrained fire and emergency service departments at all levels: volunteer, combination, and career.

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS):

  • The VIPS Program serves as a gateway to information for law enforcement agencies and citizens interested in law enforcement volunteer programs.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC):

  • The MRC program strives to improve the health and safety of communities across the state by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

SERVEPA - www.serv.pa.gov

If you would consider volunteering for emergency disaster response efforts in the case of a  register through SERVEPA, Pennsylvania's online registry for medical and non-medical volunteers.

PEMA - Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Contact the Pittsburgh Emergency Management Agency for more information regarding volunteer opportunities.


OEMHS Internships

The City of Pittsburgh Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security offers internship opportunities for current and recent college graduates.

For more information, check out the Internship Overview.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

CERT is a training program that allows civilians and government employees to take the necessary steps in an emergency to save lives. During emergencies citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the medical emergencies by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective. CERTs are not intended to replace a community's response capability, but rather, to serve as an important supplement to it during emergencies when government response capabilities are spread thin.

CERT Brochure

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Volunteer Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to serve your neighbors and your city! The City of Pittsburgh Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has many different opportunities to contribute to community safety, and we appreciate your interest commitment to support emergency operations. Below please see all of the opportunities we currently have available.

Contact Information


Area Of Interest

Pittsburgh CERT

Volunteer to be a member of a Pittsburgh Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. CERT is a positive approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens' actions, and ability to respond to the needs of their neighborhoods can make an incredible difference.

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Phone: 412.255.2633 | 200 Ross St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 | Fax: 412.255.8662

Active Shooter Info

How to respond when an active shooter is in your vicinity:


  • Have an escape route planned
  • Leave belonging behind
  • Help others if possible
  • Call 911 when safe


  • If evacuation is not possible
  • Be out of the shooter’s view
  • Don’t trap yourself or restrict options for movement
  •  If evacuation or hiding is not possible, remain calm
  •  If you cannot speak, leave the 911 line open and allow the dispatcher to listen


  • As a last resort when your life is in imminent danger
  • Throwing items and improvising weapons
  • Committing to your actions

Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. The links below will provide you with information regarding active shooter preparedness and planning.

For those assembling an active shooter plan for your organization, click here to access our Active Shooter Plan template

Active Shooter Printable Resources

Active Shooter Online Courses - FEMA's Active Shooter, What to Do Course

  • Describes the actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and to assist responding law enforcement officials;
  • Recognizes potential workplace violence indicators;
  • Describes actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents; and
  • Describes how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

DHS’s Active Shooter Awareness 90-Minute Webinar

  • Helps the private and public sector understand the importance of developing an emergency response plan and the need to train employees on how to respond if confronted with an active shooter. The presentation describes the three types of active shooters--workplace/school, criminal, and ideological--and how their planning cycles and behaviors differ.


From the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan to the fireworks on the Fourth of July, the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) has been a key player in all emergency management and Homeland security operations.

OEMHS works with city, county, regional, state, and federal government partners, businesses, and non-government organizations to develop all hazards plans for natural disasters and human-caused events.  OEMHS serves as a conduit for interagency coordination and provides interoperable communications capabilities to first responders and other key stakeholders during emergency scenarios and special events.  The entire spectrum of emergency management operations from preparation to recovery and mitigation is the responsibility of OEMHS.

OEMHS facilitates public outreach by providing training to local volunteers through the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and similar programs.  Local businesses with the help of OEMHS can use their required All Hazards Plan exercises as a way to improve emergency preparedness, risk management, and business continuity.


Our Mission:

The mission of the Pittsburgh Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the vulnerability of the populace and property of the city to injury and loss resulting from natural or man- disasters; to provide prompt and efficient rescue, care and treatment of persons threatened or victimized by disaster; to provide for rapid and orderly restoration and recovery following disasters; and to effectively educate the public regarding their responsibilities in responding to disasters affecting the city.


Pittsburgh Emergency Management Agency & Homeland Security (OEMHS)
J.P. Robins Civic Building
200 Ross Street - 5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Emergency: dial 9-1-1
Telephone: 412-255-2633
Fax: 412-255-8662