Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tenth Annual Family Emergency Preparedness Day a Success

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. 

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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kids Emergency Backpack Giveaway

On August 21st, Bob George, Citizen Corps and CERT Program Manager, and Marny McLee, Citizen Corps and CERT Training and Outreach Coordinator, attended a Kids Emergency Backpack Giveaway at the park on DuPont & Second Street in Wilmington.  Citizen Corps provided the backpacks and supplies, which were handed out by the Wilmington EOC/Citizen Corps, Red Cross, Delmarva Power and the Wilmington Department of Parks and Recreation as part of their Summer Feeding Program. Approximately seventy kids aged five through twelve attended the event, along with their parents and grandparents.

Bob George also interviewed with DelawareOnline, which is available here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Barclay Farms CERT Class

On July 11th and 12th, the State Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), lead by Bob George and Marny McLee, presented a CERT training course at the Barclay Farms Senior Community in Camden, DE.  Forty block captains and residents attended the two day disaster preparedness class. The point of contact was Sally Bowman.
92 year old resident Mrs. Messemer gets last minute fire extinguisher training from CERT instructor Capt J. David Majewski of the Goodfellow Fire Co, in preparation the Digital Fire Suppression Exercise.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Faith Based Planning Workshop

On June 18, Delaware Citizen Corps and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) partnered with the Governor's Council on Faith Based Organizations to conduct their first Emergency Preparedness conference/workshop. The Governor attended the workshop, as did the President's appointed Faith Based representative, Rev. David L. Myers. Rep. Myers is the Senior Advisor to the Administrator/Director of the  FEMA/DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Forty faith leaders from around the state attended, as well as Gov. council members Chairman Rev. Doug Gerdts and workshop coordinators Flora McConkie (council secretary) and Marny McLee (Citizen Corps Training and Outreach Coordinator).
Gov. Markel presents Rev. Tom Edwards of St. Mark's United Methodist Church with a Citizen Corps Disaster/Emergency Kit. Also pictured is Rev. Doug Gerdts, Gov. Council Chairman (left) and Robert George, Citizen Corps Program Manager (right).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Training

On June 11th and 12th, the State Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), lead by Bob George (CERT Program Manager) and Marny McLee (CERT Coordinator), taught a training course for the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Thirty four councilors, social workers, managers, and staff took the two day training at the Herman Holloway Campus in New Castle.  This was the fourth CERT class taught for DSAMH. The point of contact was Jessica Washer.
Wilmington Office of Emergency Management Director George Giles teaches the Fire Suppression Module