In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. Mathew Denn have declared September as Delaware Preparedness Month. In issuing a declaration, the Governor and Lt. Governor encourage all Delawareans to take steps to be better prepared for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.
Markell advises residents to take advantage of opportunities to learn more about ways to prepare for all types of emergencies from natural disasters to potential terrorist attacks. Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Citizen Corps and FEMA have programs and informative web sites that can guide the public in creating emergency plans and stocking emergency supply kits.
The Governor also asks citizens to be part of the anti-terrorism team by reporting suspicious activity to the Delaware “See Something, Say Something” tip line, 1-800-FORCE-1-2.
The declaration refers specifically to the importance of not only having a plan and a kit, but also being knowledgeable about evacuation or sheltering decisions, and being aware of potential conditions and threats.
Delaware Emergency Management Agency joins the national initiative for preparedness by encouraging and teaching preparedness. The agency, including Delaware Citizen Corps, offers materials, presentations and instruction in household and community preparedness. Events scheduled to observe National Preparedness Month include Family Emergency Preparedness Day, Saturday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Glasgow Park in New Castle County.
Free family emergency preparedness presentations are available statewide. DEMA-trained presenters can be scheduled for a presentation that features step by step guidance in creating a family plan, an example of an emergency supply kit and preparedness materials. The presentations are appropriate for civic and educational organizations, church groups and neighborhood associations as well as for businesses. For information or to schedule a presentation, call 856-5815 in Sussex County, and 659-2210 for Kent or New Castle counties.
Citizen Corps also offers Community Emergency Response Team training and emergency preparedness classes. For information, call 659-2243.