Philadelphia, September 23, 2015  Samantha Phillips, Director of Emergency Management, announced a new text alert system specifically for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit.

“If you are planning to attend this historic event, we encourage you to sign up for text alerts for the Pope’s visit to get real time information of importance,” said Phillips. “Having peace of mind is part of enjoying the event.”

Enrolling is easy. Text “papalvisit” to 888777 and you will be registered.  It’s that simple, and that important.

From weather to emergencies, travel or traffic information, the City of Philadelphia wants you to stay safe and be informed with news you need to know.

Alerts will be sent through the duration of the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit.  Message and data rates may apply depending upon your plan with your service provider.

The City of Philadelphia is using Nixle, a public safety alert system, to send texts specifically related to the World Meeting of Families Congress and Pope Francis’ visit September 22nd through September 27th.

“Nixle offers us a unique opportunity to send real time, accurate alerts,” said Phillips. “This is a one-time only, special event text alert system that will be used during the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit.”

In addition, the City of Philadelphia offers, ReadyPhiladelphia, which allows subscribers to sign up for emergency or weather alerts by text, email, and phone or the Everbridge app. ReadyPhiladephia is available year round to those who live and work in the city.  Subscribers can get alerts for up to five locations in the city that are important to them.  To sign up for ReadyPhiladelphia, go to and click on “Sign Up For Alerts”.

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