Hurricane Sandy Helpful Resource Links

October 29, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy races towards the mid-Atlantic states, it is especially important that you and your family be prepared for the next few days to come. Here are several resources and informational links to help get you through the hurricane and beyond.

National Resources:

American Red Cross Hurricane App – If you have a smartphone, consider downloading this app and keep on top of Hurricane Sandy, or any other hurricane. Monitor conditions throughout the storm, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out.

National Weather Service Hurricane Center – Track the latest hurricane movement and NHS advisories.

Ready.gov from FEMA – Prepare, plan and stay informed with the helpful tips found at this website.

FoodSafety.gov – Helpful tips to keep your food and water safe during emergencies.

FEMA – If you have a smartphone, link to the FEMA mobile website or download  the free FEMA smartphone app and have access to disaster safety tips, interactive lists for storing your emergency kit and emergency meeting location information, and a map with open shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).

Delaware Specific and other Local Resources:

American RedCross DelMarva Region – Shelters are now open across the region, including Delaware and Maryland. The American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula has offices in Wilmington DE, Elkton and Salisbury, Md. Call 1-800-777-6620 for more information. The Wilmington office also can be reached at 302-656-6620

Delaware Department of Health – Delaware has opened two medical needs shelters specific for people who cannot be accommodated at regular shelters. These two locations will provide safe and temporary housing to individuals who require support with their medical needs. They are located at William Penn and Cape Henlopen high schools.

FEMA Region 3 – Encompassing DE, PA, MD, DC, WV and VA. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area. Standard text rates will apply.

Need to Evacuate? Take a moment to watch this Red Cross video on what you might want to bring with you if you must evacuate to a local shelter.

Delaware Emergency Management Agency – Get the latest news for the State of Delaware emergency response to Hurricane Sandy. Need to speak with someone? Call the Hurricane Sandy Hotline, at 800-464-4357.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) can also be contacted at 302-659-3362 or at 877-SAY-DEMA. Local emergency management phone numbers are:

New Castle County Office of Emergency Management: 302-395-2700.

City of Wilmington Emergency Management Office: 302-576-3914.

Kent County Department of Public Safety Emergency Management Division: 302-735-3465.

Sussex County Emergency Operations Center: 302-855-7801.

Delaware State Police News Room Link to Local Emergency Contacts Residents who have evacuation questions may contact their respective local emergency operations centers.

DelMarva Power – Find the information you need about power outages in the DelMarva region. Follow DelMarva on Twitter to keep on top of up to the minute power issues. Have a smartphone? Download the DelMarva Mobile App. If you loose power, use your smartphone, the mobile app, and Twitter to keep up with the latest power news.

Find additional resources from 6 ABC News Hurricane Sandy Resource Guide.

Be safe, everyone!

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Nationwide Emergency Alert Test- Nov. 9

October 28, 2011

From the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware: 

On November 9th FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct the first national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System test. This test will kick off at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The test will be nationwide, running concurrently across all time zones.

 This system test is the first of its kind. It is designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public. Nothing like it has been conducted in the history of the country. There have been tests in the past but none to all parts of the Nation at the same time. The test will run concurrently on all radio and TV bands and the message will run for three minutes. Most messages in the past were anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute.

There is great concern in local police and emergency management circles about undue public anxiety over this test. The test message on TV might not indicate that it is just a test. Fear is that the lack of an explanation message might create panic.  Please share this information with your family and friends so they are aware of the test.

Below are two websites, that will provide more information…  

http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm

https://nationaldialogue-emergencyalertsystem.ideascale.com/