Thursday, September 27, 2012

Delaware Family Emergency Preparedness Day

This year’s Delaware Family Emergency Preparedness Day was a huge success. Approximately 600 people attended the event, which was held at the Delaware Agriculture Museum in Dover, Delaware and was co-hosted by the Delaware Citizen Corps and the Kent County Office of Public Safety. Over forty exhibits and interactive activities on preparedness were available.  The Delaware National Guard was on hand with their climbing wall, the Delaware State Police offered child identification and fingerprinting, and the Dover AFB brought their Fire Safety House. Additionally, the Dover Police Department did a K-9 Demonstration, Wal-Mart brought their Safety Tractor Trailer, Walgreens gave free flu shots, and Bay Health gave preliminary health screenings. There was also a Scavenger Hunt, games for the children attending, and the Red Cross set up a simulated temporary shelter, among many more interactive displays.

The planning committee was made up of Bob George, Marny McLee, Rosanne Pack, and Scott Martin of Citizen Corps, Colin Faulkner, Dave Mick and Nicole Vautard of the Kent County Public Safety Office, Betty Decker and April Cleveland from the Public Health Preparedness Section, Sharon Jefferson of the American Red Cross, April Willey of the Sussex County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Kay Dietz-Sass of the City of Dover Emergency Management Office, and Rich Phillips of PAWS for People. 

A special thanks to the fifty volunteers who helped out from Citizen Corps and the CERT instructors, Harrington PD-CPA, Smyrna PD-VIPS, NCCC-AmeriCorps, Dover Boy Scouts, to Eagle 97.7 for the live radio broadcast, and Chick-Fil-A for supplying the food.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Family Emergency Preparedness Day

Join us on Saturday, September 22nd, for our sixth annual Family Emergency Preparedness Day. The event will be held at the Delaware Agricultural Museum (866 N. Dupont Highway, Dover DE) from 10:00AM - 2:00PM.

There will be numerous exhibits, demonstrations, and activities to include:
  • A live radio broadcast with Eagle 97.7
  • Kids' Climbing Wall
  • Health Screenings
  • Children IDs
  • Child Safety Seat Instruction
  • The Kent County Mobile Command Post
  • Dover Police K-9 Demonstration
  • The Kent County Paramedics
  • Wal-Mart's Safety Tractor Trailer
  • The Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle
 There will also be free giveaways and food for the first five hundred visitors. See the attached flyer for further information.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Disaster Preparedness Presentation

On September 15th, Bob George and Marny McLee of the Delaware Citizen Corps partnered with Robert Prettyman from the U.S. Attorney’s Office (District of Delaware) to give a Disaster Preparedness Presentation to the Islamic Society of Delaware. There were roughly twenty people in attendance, including the Imam, the President of the Islamic Society of Delaware, and a representative from the Islamic Academy of Delaware.

The President of the Islamic Society of Delaware will be in communication with Citizen Corps about other training sessions, to include a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Course. Additionally, a few members were interested in joining the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps (DMRC), which falls under the Citizen Corps umbrella.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Muslim Community CERT Class

On September 7th and 8th, the Delaware Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) conducted training for the Muslim Community at the Al Kauthar Masjid Community Center in Wilmington, Delaware. This was the first CERT training for the Muslim Community and was very well received. It is planned to schedule another class next year. The point of contact for the class was Siddiquah Abdullah, who took the CERT class two years ago and wanted to bring it to her community.

Community Preparedness Workshop

Larry Henderson, Director of the Independent Resource Center
On September 6th, Delaware Citizen Corps partnered with Delaware Public Health Preparedness, Bay Health, and the University of Delaware's Center for Disability Studies to support the Independent Resource Center and the Modern Maturity Center. Over one hundred citizens of the senior and diability community attended the Community Preparedness Workshop, joined by fifty Delaware State University nursing students.

The Delaware Medical Reserve Corps, PAWS for People, and the Division of Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities were also part of the event. Citizen Corps Coordinator Marny McLee was part of the planning committee and showcased the Disaster Preparedness DVD, while Bob George, Citizen Corps Program Manager, gave a short presentation on the 911 Special Needs Volunteer Registry. Computers were available for anyone who wanted to register after the workshop.