Monday, August 30, 2010


After back-to-back blizzards in February and with threats of a heavy storm season ahead,
state emergency management and public safety officials and responders are organizing a free
event to help prepare the public for such storms and other disruptive events in Delaware.

As the state observes National Preparedness Month in September, New Castle County
Emergency Operations Center hosts the Annual Family Emergency Preparedness Day, 11 a.m.-3
p.m., Saturday, September 11. The free event is located in Glasgow Park, Route 896 and Route
40, Glasgow.

Joining New Castle County as sponsors are the Department of Safety and Homeland
Security, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Delaware Citizen Corps, and the
American Red Cross of Delmarva.

The annual event is open to all and includes free food and refreshments, free training and
door prizes, and a variety of activities for all ages. Family Emergency Preparedness Day
features displays and demonstrations by state, regional and local emergency responders,
emergency managers, law enforcement and other public and private groups.

Jake’s Burgers will provide free hamburgers and hot dogs, and free water and drinks will
be available throughout the day. Free treats from Rita’s Water Ice will serve those with a sweet

The Delaware National Guard climbing wall will challenge those who are
adventuresome. Participation in games and activities at different exhibits can earn useful and fun
rewards for all ages. Materials and information on emergency preparedness for families will be
available from a variety of exhibitors. Hand-outs and displays include information on emergency
plans for all the family members, including pets.

Free training classes cover emergency plans for family preparedness and guidance on
assembling an emergency supply kit to serve your family. A door prize of a basic emergency kit
will be awarded in each training class.

WSTW 93.7FM will be broadcasting live from the event!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

DuPont Disaster Preparedness Presentation

Bob George, Citizen Corps Program Manager (pictured above) shares Preparedness information with DuPont employees. Delaware Citizen Corps gave (3) separate Disaster Preparedness Presentations to a total of (5) groups at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington.  Approximately 200 employees received the information on Aug 10, 17 and 23 as part of their quarterly Safety Day.  Over the last year Citizen Corps has given (10) presentations at the site, the POC’s for these presentations were Marianne Politowski and Tina George.

Dave Young, Citizen Corps/ Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training, Lead Instructor (pictured below) teaches Utility Safety.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Disabilities Forum

Delaware Citizen Corps participated in a forum that the Developmental Disability Center (DDC) from the University of DE sponsored in August to help educate citizens of the importance of planning for those with disabilities in a disaster.  The DDC utilized Inclusive Preparedness to facilitate a scenario where citizens had to think about Emergency Planning from a Nor'Easter hitting Delaware. Citizen Corps provided a presentation on Emergency Preparedness which included Special Needs considerations. There were 4 events over a period of two days, all conducted at Del Tech- Wilmington Campus, Stanton, Dover and Georgetown. The target audience was the Special Needs community and their support staff and or Agency.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

National Night Out

Marny McLee, Citizen Corps Training and Outreach Coordinator, manned a Citizen Corps/DEMA Display Table at the Dover National Night Out. The night was held at and Sponsored by Target and the Dover Police Department. Hundreds of people came out to take advantage of the many give-a-ways and drawing by Target as well as many other local venders, there were local Police Departments, Fire Companies and much more.  DEMA and Citizen Corps were present in all three counties on the night with, Bob George Citizen Corps Program Manager participating in the New Castle County event held at Del Castle Recreation Center in Greater Wilmington, and Rosanne Pack, DEMA PIO participating in the Milford National Night Out sponsored by the Milton PD, held at the Bicentennial Park.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Heat-related Illnesses Information

Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn't enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness. Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk. Drinking fluids, replenishing salt and minerals and limiting time in the heat can help.
Heat-related illnesses include
  • Heatstroke - a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness
  • Heat exhaustion - an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse
  • Heat cramps - muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
  • Heat rash - skin irritation from excessive sweating
The warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following:
·         Heavy sweating
·         Paleness
·         Muscle cramps
·         Tiredness
·         Weakness
·         Dizziness
·         Headache 
·         Nausea or vomiting
·         Fainting
The skin may be cool and moist. The pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. See medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.
What should I do if I see someone with any of the warning signs of heat stroke?

If you see any of these signs, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim. Do the following:
·         Get the victim to a shady area.
·         Cool the victim rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the victim in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the victim with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the victim in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously. 
·         Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102°F.
·         If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
·         Do not give the victim alcohol to drink.
·         Get medical assistance as soon as possible.
Photo of cold beverage cans in ice.What steps can be taken to cool the body during heat exhaustion? 
·         Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages.
·         Rest.
·         Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
·         Seek an air-conditioned environment.
·         Wear lightweight clothing.
How can people protect their health when temperatures are extremely high?

Remember to keep cool and use common sense. Drink plenty of fluid, replace salts and minerals, wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen, pace yourself, stay cool indoors, schedule outdoor activities carefully, use a buddy system, monitor those at risk, and adjust to the environment.
How much should I drink during hot weather?

During hot weather you will need to drink more liquid than your thirst indicates. Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour. Avoid drinks containing alcohol because they will actually cause you to lose more fluid.
Can medications increase the risk of heat-related illness?

The risk for heat-related illness and death may increase among people using the following drugs: (1) psychotropics, which affect psychic function, behavior, or experience (e.g. haloperidol or chlorpromazine); (2) medications for Parkinson’s disease, because they can inhibit perspiration; (3) tranquilizers such as phenothiazines, butyrophenones, and thiozanthenes; and (4) diuretic medications or "water pills" that affect fluid balance in the body.
Photo of young man in front of fan.How effective are electric fans in preventing heat-related illness?

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness. Consider visiting a shopping mall or public library for a few hours.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention