Monthly Archives: July 2015

Phila.’s emergency director gets ready for the challenge of a papal visit

Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer (Sunday, July 19, 2015) Samantha Phillips shepherded the city through hurricanes, terror threats, and the deadly Amtrak derailment in May. Recently she faced a slightly smaller challenge: persuading the Secret Service to allow water bottles during Pope Francis’ appearances on the Parkway. Phillips, the city’s director of emergency management, envisioned […]
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Initiating ‘Safe Haven’: 200,000 July 4 revelers get shelter from the storm

By Aaron C. Davis (July 5, 2015) It wasn’t a drill. It was happening, and now: Open the doors, suspend the bag checks, turn off the magnetometers, let everyone inside. The plan had been developed to shelter masses gathered on the Mall in the case of an emergency weather situation, but the evacuation ahead of […]
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