Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
On December 9th and 10th, the State Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) conducted its end of year waiting list training in Smyrna. The class was held at the St. Poly Carps Church.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking something on top of the stove or when grilling or broiling food.
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from space heaters, woodstoves, etc.
- Replace damaged electrical or extension cords.
- Never use the oven or stovetop to heat a home; carbon monoxide gas can kill people and pets.
- Don't put a live Christmas tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water.
- Avoid using lighted candles; try flameless candles instead.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
On October 14th and 15th, The State Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Team provided a class for the Bon Ayre 55+ Community in Smyrna.
Twenty Two (22) residents took the course, and now provides a CERT team to their community. The training prepared team members to come together during a disaster to help one another until first responders arrive.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
On September 21st and October 1st, Bob George and Marny McLee (DE Citizen Corps staff) and Dave Hamm (DE Citizen Corps volunteer) gave two separate Disaster Preparedness Presentations to the Home Health Care Comfort Keepers.
Each presentation was held at the Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware, with approximately forty members attending each presentation. Gary Mears from the UD Center for Disabilities Studies joined the Citizen Corps Staff on October 1st; taking a few minutes to brief those attending on its mission on the possibility of collaboration between the groups. The point-of-contact for both presentations was Patricia Lentz.
Preparedness materials were also provided for the Wilmington Hospital's Staff Safety Day, held the week before. The point-of-contact for the presentations was Richard Marrow, the new emergency manager for Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
On September 16th-17th, The State Community Emergency Response Team taught a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class to fifteen members of the Christian Growth Ministries in Wilmington.
The point of contact for the class was Arthur Bowers. The Bishop at the ministries is Billy Lane.
As part of National Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today released new tips for consumers aimed at preparing them for major disasters when communications networks are more likely to be compromised or damaged. Nearly one month ago, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake and Hurricane Irene struck the East Coast. In the minutes and hours that followed, mobile networks experienced significant network congestion, temporarily making it harder for millions of people to reach loved ones and emergency services. This tip sheet aims to help prepare Americans about how to communicate with each other, and loved ones, in the event of another disaster.
"Between the East Coast earthquake, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and wildfires in Texas and California, we have had a lot of powerful reminders lately that disasters can strike anytime, anywhere - and can often make it difficult for the public to communicate with friends, loved ones or emergency personnel," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "An important part of preparing for disasters includes getting ready for potential communications challenges, whether caused by power outages or heavy cell network congestion. These simple tips are easy for anyone to follow and could make a world of difference when it matters the most."
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, "When disaster strikes, the ability to communicate is essential. However, power outages and other issues can interfere with the way people ordinarily communicate, making it harder to reach loved ones or emergency services. The FCC is committed to ensuring the public's safety through the reliability of our nation's communications networks. But there are also simple steps that consumers can take to prepare for a disaster as well as practical ways to better communicate during and after an event. I encourage all Americans to become familiar these tips and share them with friends and family."
Read the full article on FEMA.gov.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Volunteers are needed. The first one hundred participants will receive a FREE case of water. See the attached flyer for more information.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
As the first major hurricane of the 2011 hurricane season approaches the U.S. coast, it's more important than ever to ensure that your family or business is prepared.
As Hurricane Irene nears the Florida coast, present projections show there is some possibility our region may be impacted. Check out Ready.gov and PrepareDE.org's preparation guides for this natural disaster. It is essential that families and businesses prepare themselves prior to a storm's impact, as supplies, communications, and routes of transportation may be limited. The NOAA has issued a Hurricane Safety flyer with safety tips for before, during, and after a storm.
For up to date tracking of Hurricane Irene and future hurricanes, the National Hurricane Center maintains an up-to-date website of named storms.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Craig Fugate, the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), visited Delaware on Friday, August 12th. Director Fugate met with DEMA Director Jamie Turner and his staff. Director Fugate continues to emphasize the importance of citizen and community preparedness. Visit PrepareDE or Ready.gov to learn how to better prepare for a disaster.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Museum is located on 866 N. DuPont Highway, in Dover. The day will provide residents with FREE FOOD, free training sessions on citizen emergency readiness, writing a plan and building a kit, emergency preparedness for pets, and preparedness games for kids. Exhibitors, such as Citizen Corps, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), the Medical Reserve Corps, Public Health, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Red Cross, will distribute materials listing supplies and tips on the key points of a family emergency plan. Local emergency responders, fire trucks, police vehicles, and more will be on hand. Many exhibitors will have interactive displays that all ages can enjoy, and free disaster preparedness/emergency kits will be raffled off.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its updated 2011 Atlantic hurricane season outlook today raising the number of expected named storms from its pre-season outlook issued in May. Forecasters also increased their confidence that 2011 will be an active Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, updates its Atlantic hurricane season outlook every August. “The atmosphere and Atlantic Ocean are primed for high hurricane activity during August through October,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the Climate Prediction Center. “Storms through October will form more frequently and become more intense than we’ve seen so far this season.”
Key climate factors predicted in May continue to support an active season. These include: the tropical multi-decadal signal, which since 1995 has brought favorable ocean and atmospheric conditions, leading to more active seasons; exceptionally warm Atlantic Ocean temperatures (the third warmest on record); and the possible redevelopment of La Niña. Reduced vertical wind shear and lower air pressure across the tropical Atlantic also favor an active season.
Based on these conditions and on climate model forecasts, the confidence for an above-normal season has increased from 65 percent in May to 85 percent. Also, the expected number of named storms has increased from 12-18 in May to 14-19, and the expected number of hurricanes has increased from 6-10 in May to 7-10.
Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the whole season – June 1 to November 30 – NOAA’s updated seasonal outlook projects, with a 70 percent probability, a total of:
•14 to 19 named storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including:
•7 to 10 hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which:
•3 to 5 could be major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)
These ranges are indicative of an active season, and extend well above the long-term seasonal averages of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
The Atlantic basin has already produced five tropical storms this season: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don and Emily. All eyes this week are on Emily, which continues to develop and move towards the United States.
The last hurricane to make landfall in the United States was Ike in 2008. Last year saw above-normal hurricane activity, but none made landfall in the United States. August through October are peak months of the Atlantic hurricane season, and FEMA urges people not to be lured into a false sense of security by the lack of hurricanes so far this year. "It is still early in this hurricane season and we know it can take only one storm to devastate communities and families," said FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino. "Many disasters come without warning, but that’s not the case with hurricanes. This is hurricane season, if you haven't already, now is the time to take a few simple steps to get you and your family prepared. Anyone can visit www.ready.gov to learn more."
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
On May 25-26, The State Community Emergency Response Team taught a CERT Training Course for the Department of Technology and Information (DTI) at their office in Dover. Twenty members from DTI and one each from DELDOT and the State Lottery Office attended the Disaster Preparedness training. The team is scheduled to go back to DTI and teach another course on Jun 8-9, the POC for the training was Peggy Sue Cole.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
On May 4 Bob George and Marny McLee of Delaware Citizen Corps gave a Disaster Preparedness Presentation to the Rehoboth Kiwanis Club at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Ten members attended their weekly luncheon meeting in which a new member was sworn in. Bob and Marny were presented a Certificate of Appreciation from Kiwanis President James Kunkle for their efforts in preparing the club and Delawareans. The POC for the presentation was Joe Brake.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Citizen Corps and DEMA were again invited to join The Town of Millville and its Volunteers as they put on their annual Preparedness Night at the Millville Fire Hall. Bob George Citizen Corps Program Manager introduced the Preparedness DVD and answered questions along with Rosanne Pack, DEMA PIO, after the crowd of approximately 100 viewed it. One Guest speaker was Chief Ken McLaughlin of the Ocean View Police Department and POC of the first Citizen Corps Council/Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS) in Delaware.
Rosanne Pack also manned a display table with Don Minnich, Citizen Corps Volunteer as well as Marny McLee and Justin Kates of Citizen Corps. The POC for the event was Doc Flick, the Manager of the Millville Volunteers is Steve Micciche.
Delaware Citizen Corps returned to the Chinese American Community Club in Hockessin to teach the Fire Suppression Block of instruction from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Course. Justin Kates of Citizen Corps and Volunteer Firefighter of Christiana Fire Company taught the inside portion, he received help outside with the practical hands on training from Kevin Semonelle also a Volunteer Firefighter from Christiana. Just as last time the classroom presentation had to be translated through a Chinese interpreter (Dr. Lin), approximately 70 members of the group attended the weekly meeting, the POC for the training was Johanna Shay.