Thursday, June 11, 2015

Annual Citizen Corps Preparedness Night and Send Off for Bob George

On June 5th, the Delaware, New Castle County, and Wilmington OEM/Citizen Corps Councils sponsored the annual Citizen Corps Preparedness Night. Our partner organizations, the Public Health Preparedness Section, the Medical Reserve Corps, and the Red Cross also cosponsored the event. Marny McLee, Acting Citizen Corps Program Manager, sang the National Anthem at the beginning of the game. Steve Edwards of FEMA Region III’s Individual and Preparedness Division threw out the first pitch. Two preparedness exercises were held at the event. First, during the 7th inning stretch, the Blue Rocks Mascot Rocky simulated phoning his Emergency Contact for the fans and asked them to do the same. At the end of the game, Citizen Corps families’ youth practiced the earthquake “Stop, Cover, and Hold” drill on the field with Rocky.

The evening was also a surprise celebration send off for previous Citizen Corps Program Manager Robert J. (Bob) George, who stepped down effective June 1, 2015. Delaware Emergency Management Director Turner, Director George Giles (City of Wilmington OEM), Director Colin Falkner (Dover OEM), and Emergency Coordinator Dave Carpenter (New Castle County OEM) presented Bob with certificates of appreciation for his twelve years as the Citizen Corps and CERT Program Manager. Marny also presented Bob with a personal gift and, at the conclusion of the game, a picture show was displayed on the Jumbo-Tron to commemorate Bob’s years of doing outreach for the State of Delaware.

Bob led Delaware Citizen Corps from a program that did not exist in Delaware in February 2004, to being honored by FEMA at the White House in September 2014 as the best State Citizen Corps Council in the Nation! We would like to wish him congratulations and the best of luck during his retirement.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Annual Citizen Corps Preparedness Night for June 5th


On June 5th at 7:05 PM, the Delaware Citizen Corps, co-sponsored by Wilmington and New Castle County OEM/Citizen Corps Councils, will hold our annual Citizen Corps Preparedness Night. The event is held at Frawley Stadium, home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, who are playing the Frederick Keys. We are sharing the evening with our primary partner organizations, the Public Health Preparedness Section, the American Red Cross, and the Medical Reserve Corps. There will be preparedness displays, and fireworks following the game.

All are invited to attend for a night of family fun and preparedness.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Delaware Skills Center CERT Course

On April 28th and 29th, the Delaware Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), led by Citizen Corps staff Bob George (Program Manager) and Marny McLee (Program Coordinator), and assisted by the Wilmington EOC, presented a CERT course at the Delaware Skills Center in Wilmington. Approximately thirty nursing students attended the class. This was the fourth CERT Class taught at the center.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DE Citizen Corps Presents Awards

On April 15th, Bob George, Delaware Citizen Corps & CERT Program Manager, chaired the Quarterly State Citizen Corps Council Meeting held at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). Bob recognized and presented Certificates of Appreciation and Excellence to the Wilmington, New Castle County, and Sussex OEM/Citizen Corps Councils. The awards were presented for the agencies' support to community preparedness and the Citizen Corps/CERT Programs. Kent County was previously recognized for its outreach efforts.

Bob also made a special presentation to Marny McLee Sr. for his eleven years of service as the Delaware Citizen Corps & CERT Training and Outreach Coordinator.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Delaware Economics and Development Office CERT Class

On March 27th, Bob George (Citizen Corps/CERT Program Manager), Marny McLee (Citizen Corps/CERT Training and Outreach Coordinator), and Dave Young (Lead CERT Instructor) taught a CERT Workshop for the Delaware Economics and Development Office (DEDO). The workshop's focus was on Disaster Preparedness and Medical Operations, which are blocks of instruction from the full two-day CERT training course. The theme of the workshop was from the movie “Castaway” with a Hawaiian Island dress code.  Fifty members of DEDO attended the class, which was held at the Elizabeth Murphey School in Dover. Alan Levin, DEDO Director, attended the workshop. Interestingly, he took our full CERT course eight years ago, when he was Owner and President of Happy Harry’s.  He mentioned the valuable information he learned, and that he still carries his CERT Certificate with him daily.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Nellie Stokes Elementary Disaster Preparedness Presentation

On February 25th, Marny McLee, Citizen Corps Training and Outreach Coordinator, along with Stefan Smi and Ed Strouse of the Natural Hazards Sections, did a combined Disaster Preparedness Presentation at the Nellie Stokes Elementary School in Camden. Approximately forty grade school students their parents, along with school teachers attended the event.

Mr. Smi and Mr. Strouse focused their presentation on Earthquake Preparedness. Students participated in a thirty second FEMA approved Americas Prepare-A-Thon exercise, titled “Drop, Cover and Hold”.  Mr. McLee’s presentation covered All Hazards, in which he introduced and showed our Disaster Preparedness DVD which covers: “Make an Emergency Plan, Make an Emergency Kit, Evacuation and Shelter in Place Procedures.”  He gave the students, teachers and parents a 2G Lanyard/Travel Drive Combo, which was preloaded with a “Family Disaster Plan.” Participants were also given a “It’s a Disaster Booklet”, and a “Disaster Preparedness Pocket Guide” to take home and complete for their Family Disaster Plan. A copy of the DVD and a Citizen Corps Disaster Preparedness Kit was left for the school.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Upcoming Events

Delaware Citizen Corps would like to invite you to the following events. First, our Annual Citizen Corps Preparedness Night is scheduled for June 5th, 2015, at the Blue Rocks Stadium in Wilmington. The game start time is 6:30 PM. In addition to Preparedness Night, it is also a fireworks and super hero night.

Secondly, our Annual Family Emergency Preparedness Day is scheduled for September 19th, at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover, from 10 AM – 2PM.

The point of contact for each event is Marny McLee, available at 302-659-2243 or by e-mail at marny.mclee@state.de.us.