Sunday, March 30, 2008

View Our New Disaster Preparedness Videos!

Delaware Citizen Corps has just created a five part video series on disaster preparedness in the State of Delaware. These videos will also be available in DVD at libraries and schools in the future with the help of our partners.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Disabilites Link

“In keeping with our “All Hazards - All Citizens" approach to preparedness, Citizen Corps is working with the Independent Resource Centers to bring our message on preparedness. Please visit our Disabilities Link which contains many web sites for Disabilities and Emergency Preparedness. These sites are provided by the National Organization on Disability (NOD)”.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Amputee Support Group Presentation

Bob George, Citizen Corps Program Manager and Marny McLee Citizen Corps Training and Outreach Coordinator presented a Disaster Preparedness Workshop to the Amputee Support Group of DE. The focus of the workshop is to Make a Plan, Make a Kit, Shelter in Place and Evacuation Procedures. Citizen Corps Disaster Kits, Brochures, It's a Disaster Books, and Division of Public Health - Non Typical Functional Needs Brochures were given out in class. The Founder of the group, Gloria Price, thought it was a "dynamic workshop presentation" and wants to coordinate a follow-up presentation in June for the members who could not attend.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Women's Club

On March 5th 2008, Bob George Citizen Corps Program Manager and Marny McLee Citizen Corps Training and Outreach Coordinator gave a Disaster Preparedness Briefing on "Making a Disaster Plan" and "Making a Disaster Kit" to the Women's Club of Delaware in Browntown, Wilmington. Their mission is to support Girls Inc. 45 members attended the briefing which was very well received. They wanted to know how to prepare themselves and to help others if a disaster happened in their area. Citizen Corps Disaster Kits were given away during the briefing. Many members inquired about taking the full Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course in the near future. The POC for the briefing was Andrea Outten, the organizer for the group.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Eagle Scout & CERT

Citizen Corps would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Robert Taft McConkie who successfully passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review! Taft ‘s service project was centered around the Boy Scout Motto “Be Prepared” and having taken the Community Emergency Response Training, he thought this would be a benefit for Goldey Beacom College, where he attends school and lives. The Board was impressed that it involved emergency training--a perfect fit with the Scout Motto, "Be Prepared”

Taft took on this project and coordinated all efforts with the State CERT team which included recruiting, logistics and support. Prior to the training day, Taft organized a group of seven volunteers to assemble approx. 100, two-pocket, training folders at Delaware Emergency Management Agency in Smyrna (31 July 2007). The folders were used for the Goldey-Beacom CERT training and will be used in other classes throughout the state.

The result was a CERT training day (22 August 2007) for ten College employees (all of whom reside on campus). Taft stated, “while most of these employees had received basic first aid and fire safety training, preparation for natural or man-made disasters of a larger scale, such as a hurricane or terrorist attack, had not been provided. CERT provided each participant with a backpack of supplies (gloves, mask, flashlight, whistle, radio, etc.) to be kept on hand for emergency use and training in triage, disaster preparedness, terrorism, cribbing, weather disasters, search and rescue, and utility safety.”

A few weeks after the CERT training, Taft noted “we had a shooting incident on campus, it was a vivid reminder that awful, unexpected events can and do happen, and that it is critical, as Scouts know, to “be prepared.”