By Joe Messa
It’s a big weekend in America as people the world over are flocking to the east coast to catch a glimpse of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Rome, and Sovereign of Vatican City— Pope Francis.
For the last few months, we’ve all heard about how the Holy Father’s United States visit will affect Philadelphia; bridge closures, parking passes, traffic boxes, and other inconveniences caused by the anticipated influx of people this weekend. It’s important at this exciting and busy time to know exactly what’s happening and take proper precautions to keep your family safe.
For those preparing to see the Pope and those planning to stay home amidst the excitement, the World Meeting of Families and the Department of Health have released some tips for your continued safety this weekend.
Roads and highways will most likely be very congested due to a high number of travelers coming from all directions. Whether you are home or on the road, stock-up as soon as possible on essentials like food, water, medicines, first aid supplies, and anything your pet/s might need.
Festival grounds will be closed to vehicles and for most, walking will be the only way to get around. Stay hydrated and remain aware of your surroundings. Walk around large crowds instead of through them. If you find yourself in the middle of a crowd, stay standing! Sitting down could result in a deadly accident. Wear comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes and if you feel yourself getting tired or becoming over-exerted, move to the side to sit and take a break.
This remains true for those at home and those out and about for the festivities. Keep cell-batteries charged and health information on your person at all times. It will be difficult and time consuming to maneuver crowds and traffic congestion in the event of an emergency, so be pro-active. If you suspect a possible emergency, act quickly.
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Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More