DEMA Encourages Preparations for Tropical Storm Elsa

 Smyrna, DE – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) along with local, state, and federal partners, are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Elsa.  We continue to coordinate with the counties and key state agencies to ensure readiness if the system worsens.  A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued by the U.S. National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly for Sussex County with expansion of the Watch expected.  The updated track for Tropical Storm Elsa from NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center is slightly further west, which could mean a more significant impact for the state.  The main threats are anticipated to include rain, flooding, and increased rip currents beginning late Thursday.  But as we saw with Tropical Storm Isaias last summer, a variety of threats exist with Tropical Storms including tornadoes, high winds, flash flooding, etc.  Power outages are possible.  Plan ahead now and be prepared.

Prepare Your Home

  • Secure loose outdoor items such as grills, trash and recycling cans, and patio furniture.
  • Clear drains around your home to prevent flooding.
  • Trim back trees and bushes to prevent storm damage.
  • Have a plan for how to stay cool if the power goes out.
  • If you have a generator, make sure that you have fuel and test it in advance. Remember: never use a generator indoors!

Prepare Your Vehicle

  • Have a full tank of fuel
  • Ensure tire pressures are correct
  • Ensure that all lights are working.

Charge Electronic Devices

  • Keep phones, radios, and electronic devices fully charged in case of power outages.
  • Have portable power banks to charge electronic devices.

Make A Plan –

  • Make a plan for where you would go if you had to leave your home due to an evacuation or if it sustained damage.
  • Communicate and practice your plan with family.
  • Have a list of emergency contacts and copies of important documents.

Make An Emergency Kit –

  • Make sure that you have emergency supplies, such as food and water, for each member of your family (and pets) to last >3 days.
  • Have flashlights in case of power outages and fully charged power banks to charge electronic devices.

Stay Informed

Map showing the forecasted route of Tropical Storm Elsa which tracks through Delaware. Map showing the forecasted arrival of Tropical Storm force winds as early as Thursday evening.A map showing predicted rainfall of 1-2 inches or higher for Delaware.

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Contact: Jeff Sands, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, 302-659-2211.