Sunday, December 14, 2014

Arbor Management Disaster Preparedness Presentation

On December 10th, Bob George and Marny McLee, Delaware Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinators, provided a disaster preparedness presentation at the Bethel AME Church in Smyrna.  Approximately thirty apartment managers, assistant managers, maintenance supervisors, and maintenance technicians of Arbor Management LLC attended the presentation. This was the second presentation for Arbor Management, which represents ten different apartment complexes in New Castle County. The presentation was taught to Arbor Management employees of Kent and Sussex counties.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Capt. Todd Reese, of the Wilmington Fire Department, teaches the cribbing module for extricating a trapped individual.
Margie Williams, City of Wilmington EOC/CERT Coordinator, demonstrates the proper approach and techniques for fighting a fire using the new Laser Digital Fire Suppression Machine.
On November 18th and 19th, Bob George and Marny McLee, along with the State Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), conducted training for the Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health at the Herman Holloway Campus in New castle. They were assisted by staff from the Wilmington Emergency Operations Center and CERT. This was the fifth class held at DSAMH, approximately forty staff, counselors, and case workers attended. The point of contact was Jessica Washer from the Training Office.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Disaster Preparedness Presentation in New Castle

On November 5th,  Bob George and Marny McLee, Citizen Corps and Delaware Community Emergency Response Team Coordinators, provided a Disaster Preparedness Presentation at the Chelten Apartments in New Castle.  Approximately forty managers, assistant managers, maintenance supervisors, and maintenance technicians of Arbor Management LLC attended the presentation. Arbor Management LLC represents ten different apartment complexes in New Castle County. A second presentation for Kent and Sussex Counties is in the planning stages.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

University of Delaware CERT Class

On October 17th and 18th, the State Community Emergency Response Team, led by Bob George and Marny McLee, taught a CERT training class at the University of Delaware Campus in Newark.  Approximately twenty staff, students, and community members attended. The class was sponsored by the UD Citizen Corps Council. The council's head is Dr. Phyllis Guinivan of the Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS), who was the point of contact for those who attended the class.
Boyd Reed, CERT Medical Operations instructor from the DuPont Experimental Station and also a firefighter, demonstrates the head-to-toe assessment on student Abhishek Raval.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tenth Annual Family Emergency Preparedness Day a Success

Photo by Sandra Grzybowski
On September 20th, Delaware Citizen Corps co-hosted its Tenth Annual Family Emergency Preparedness Day Event. DE Citizen Corps sponsored with the Kent County Public Safety/Emergency Management Office, as well as approximately fifty partner organizations, either state, local, or volunteer. Over 1,200 people attended the event, which was held at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. The day was filled with interactive exhibits and outreach games focused on preparedness.  This year, FEMA Region III made our event part of "America Prepare-A-Thon",  and was on hand to show residents a computer system identifying different Flood Zones in Delaware, and to inform them of their potential flood risk and how to prepare.

We'd like to offer a special thanks to our wonderful FEPD Committee: Bob George, Marny McLee, Rosanne Pack, Scott Martin, Rich Phillips of Citizen Corps, Colin Faulkner, Dave Mick, Brandon Olenik, Nicole Vautard of KCOEM, Betty Decker & April Cleveland of the Public Health Preparedness Section, Ann Gorrin & April Willey of Sussex County RSVP, Kay Dietz-Sass of Dover Emergency Management, Sharon Jefferson & Shaun Antrim of the American Red Cross, Tim Collins & Gary Laing of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, and Mark Vanderharr of the Delmarva Broadcasting Company.
Photo by Sandra Grzybowski

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Delaware Citizen Corps Recognized with National Awards

September 9th, Bob George, Citizen Corps & CERT Program Manager, and Marny McLee, Citizen Corps & CERT Training and Outreach Coordinator, received two awards at the White House in Washington D.C. The first award was a National FEMA Award for “Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives.”  Delaware Citizen Corps was cited for numerous initiatives, such as the Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships, in which we co-sponsored and presented workshops for faith leaders. Additional initiatives included a partnership with the University of Delaware’s Center For Disabilities Studies. Delaware Citizen Corps and their local Citizens Corps Council conducted multiple workshops and training events. Delaware Citizen Corps also supported and marketed a University of Delaware Center For Disabilities Studies web site, focused on preparedness for those with disabilities. We also partnered with the Public Health Preparedness Section to support a statewide radio preparedness message campaign that included a Spanish-language station, assisted with their annual Preparedness Night at the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and supported their Annual Family Emergency Preparedness Day Event.

The second award was the White House's “Champions of Change Award”. The Champions of Change is a special series carried out by the White House as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future Initiative. It profiles Americans from across the country, featuring extraordinary and innovative Americans who are helping to improve the nation, one community at a time. These individuals have taken great strides to improve the lives of others through charitable work, advocacy, and collaboration. These Champions of Change, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs and community leaders, are invited to the White House to share their ideas. Video from the awards ceremonies and information on each Champion is available on the White House website (

Friday, August 29, 2014

Family Emergency Preparedness Flyer

 We are gearing up for our tenth annual Family Emergency Preparedness Day, to be held on Saturday, September 20th at the Delaware Agriculture Museum in Dover, Delaware. Feel free to post, share, and distribute the attached flyer to help get the word out.