Wednesday, September 30, 2009

National Preparedness Month and Delaware Citizen Corps Featured in the News

Schools, families be “Ready” during National Preparedness Month

For many families, school is back in session this month, but students shouldn’t be the only ones with homework. The Delaware Citizen Corps program and Delaware Emergency Management Agency encourage parents to become familiar with their child’s school emergency plan.
As part of National Preparedness Month and throughout the year, parents and schools are encouraged to visit or Federal Emergency Management Agency website at for helpful tools and tips on what it truly means to be prepared. The websites list potential hazards and provide preparedness checklists, kids’ activities and more.

Whether people are faced with weather emergencies such as nor’easters or floods, technological or other manmade disasters such as hazardous material spills or terrorist attacks, emergency readiness helps assure that children are protected physically and psychologically in the event of a disaster.
Sponsored by the Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign, NPM is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness as well as encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action and prepare for emergencies.
National Preparedness Month focuses on helping Americans understand what it truly means to be “Ready,” which goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks and extra food in the pantry. Being ready includes: getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, being informed about emergencies and their appropriate responses and getting involved in community efforts such as Citizens Corps. And being ready is important all year round, not just for the month of September.
This year, Delaware Citizens Corps is collaborating with other FEMA Region III Citizens Corps programs in West Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and Pennsylvania to distribute preparedness messages. Each office is sending preparedness information to local media as well as social networking sites, blogs and websites. This is the first time the regional offices have worked together to coordinate a mass outreach.
By following simple preparedness steps in advance, Americans can reduce the impact of emergencies on themselves, their families and their businesses. Individuals can visit the websites listed above and the local American Red Cross at and DEMA at

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Delaware Family Emergency Preparedness Day a Huge Success!

On September 12th, Citizen Corps and its partners conducted the 5th Annual DE Family Emergency Preparedness Day in Support of National Preparedness Month. The event was held in Dover at the DelDOT Administration Building on Bay Road. Approximately 40 exhibitors including Emergency Responders, State Agencies and Volunteer Organizations shared their preparedness message to an estimated attendance of 300-350 citizens. FREE Training was also provided for the public, Disaster Preparedness by the American Red Cross of Delmarva, Emergency Kits by Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and Animal Preparedness by the Delaware Animals in Disaster Service (DADS). A FREE Disaster kit was given away in each Training Class as well as to the winners of the Scavenger Hunt. Jakes Hamburgers served FREE burgers, hotdogs, chips, water and soda, The Pepsi Company of Del-Mar donated 10 cases of their products, WAWA donated 200 drinks and Serv-Pro of Newcastle/Bear donated bottles of water. Angela Manos Community Preparedness/Citizen Corps Program Officer from FEMA Region III attended the event.
Thanks to the Family Emergency Preparedness Day Coalition which is made up of: The Department of Safety and Homeland Security-Kimberly Chandler, Delaware Emergency Management Agency- Rosanne Pack, Citizen Corps- Bob George and Marny McLee, Kent County Public Safety- Colin Faulkner, Allen Metheny, Dave Mick, Jennifer Graham, Nicole Vautard, The American Red Cross-Holly Newton and Sarah Gilmour, DHSS-PHPS-Medical Reserve Corps-Nicole Desmarais, RSVP of Sussex County-Mary Ann Hook and April Willey, and City of Dover-Wayne Hutcheson. A special thanks to the Kent County Public Safety Office for hosting this year’s event.

Preparedness Presentation for Rotary Club

On September 1st, Bob George and Marny McLee gave a Disaster Preparedness Presentation to the Georgetown - Millsboro Rotary Club at the Sussex Pines Golf Course.  Over 30 Business men and women attended the briefing, Gen Ret-Reid Beverage was the POC for the meeting.

Friday, September 11, 2009

H1N1 Flu

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