DEMA Seeks Applicants for Mitigation Grant Programs

Program goal is to fund community projects that reduce risk and increase resilience.


SMYRNA, Del. — The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) is seeking applicants to submit projects for potential funding under the following mitigation grant programs: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant Program (BRIC), and the Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (FMA).

Applications are being accepted now and all projects must be submitted to DEMA no later than December 31, 2022.

Wilmington Flooding
Historic rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida in 2021 caused the Brandywine Creek to flood areas of downtown Wilmington. Mitigation grant programs are now available for projects that can help address the impact of future disasters in Delaware.


Who can apply?

Eligible applicants include certain private non-profit organizations, local governments, state agencies and tribal/territorial governments. Individual homeowners should reach out to their local county emergency management agencies to be considered for mitigation projects.

What do the grants do?

Mitigation grants fund sustainable actions that may reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from future disasters while building overall resiliency.

There are three major grant programs:

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is intended to assist eligible applicants in implementing long-term hazard mitigation planning and projects. Eligible projects include home elevations, acquisition of hazard-prone homes and businesses, flood protection, retrofitting, and slope stabilization projects.

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant Program (BRIC) assists eligible applicants in implementing pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation projects by awarding planning and project grants to mitigate future damage before disaster strikes.

The Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (FMA) is a competitive grant program that provides funding to eligible applicants for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program. All eligible projects must be submitted through sub-applicants, or state and local governments, for both the BRIC and FMA grant programs.

How will projects be selected?

Selection of eligible projects begins with a state-level review of all pre-application materials for suitability. Following the initial pre-application review, DEMA’s mitigation staff will determine which projects meet eligible criteria for potential mitigation project grant funding. Successful projects will also address and support one or more of FEMA’s seven “Community Lifelines”:

  1.  Safety and Security
  2.  Health and Medical
  3.  Communications
  4.  Hazardous Materials
  5.  Food, Water, and Shelter
  6.  Energy (Power & Fuel)
  7.  Transportation.

♦  For additional information about Mitigation in general, visit the FEMA Mitigation website.

♦  For a comprehensive overview of program objectives and case studies of previous projects that have received funding, read the:

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance “Mitigation Action Portfolio” (PDF).

♦  If your organization wishes to apply for HMGP, BRIC, or FMA funding, please contact Delaware’s State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO):

Phillip Cane at 302-659-2325 or

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Emergency Sirens Tested on Tuesday, October 4

SMYRNA, Del. — The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and Delaware State Police will conduct a quarterly test of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations Alert and Notification system on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. The sirens will sound at approximately 10:45 a.m.

The 37 sirens located within ten miles of the Salem/Hope Creek (New Jersey) plants will be activated for three to five minutes. The siren tests will be followed by a test message of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on local radio stations.

The sirens tested are the same ones used to alert the public in the event of an actual emergency at either the Salem or Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations. If such an emergency were to occur, the public would be alerted by the sirens to tune their radios to one of the local EAS stations for important emergency instructions.

To check whether you live within the EPZ, you can click here:

To learn more about radiological preparedness, check out


September is Preparedness Month in Delaware

Family Emergency Preparedness Day on Sept. 17 and new website


SMYRNA, Del. – Governor Carney has declared September as Preparedness Month in Delaware to urge everyone to “make a plan, build a kit, stay informed” and take steps to be prepared for emergencies.

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For the first time since 2019, the public is invited to join more than 35 organizations at “Family Emergency Preparedness Day” in Camden’s Brecknock Park on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event highlights public safety and readiness planning in a fun, family environment with activities, food, games, and demonstrations.

Also this month, the website has relaunched with a new, mobile-friendly design featuring bright colors, easy-to-navigate sections, and a wealth of resources and fact sheets to help families get ready for almost any emergency. is a cooperative effort by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Delaware Citizen Corps, and the DHSS Division of Public Health Office of Preparedness.

Resources and information are grouped into major categories with step-by-step sections and guides:

 Make a Plan – Information on Basic Emergency Plans, Plans for Seniors and those with Special Needs, Communication and Evacuation Plans, Plans for Pets, and Additional Plans

√  Build a Kit – Information on Emergency Shelter-in-Place kit (for extended home stays), Go-Bags (for immediate evacuation), First Aid Kits, Vehicle Kits, and Pet Kits.

√  Stay Informed – Sign Up for Delaware Emergency Notification System (DENS), Download the FEMA App or DelDOT App, Register for Smart 911 alerts, and Monitor radio and TV media.

√  Emergency Types – Learn about the different disasters that can happen and how to prepare.

√  Volunteer, Get Involved – Learn about the Community Emergency Response Team and many other volunteer organizations that serve Delaware.

FEMA National Household Survey

The theme for 2022 National Preparedness Month is “A Lasting Legacy,” which reminds everyone being prepared is a way to protect their lives and property and help ensure a legacy for future generations.

Each year, FEMA conducts a National Household Survey to measure household preparedness.

Less than half of all respondents in the last survey, 44 percent, felt they were prepared for a disaster.

Prepared for Disaster


Key findings:

  1. Awareness92 percent had seen or heard disaster preparedness information (highest ever)
  2. Experience54 percent had personal or family experience with disasters (highest ever)
  3. Efficacy40 percent were confident in their ability to prepare (drop from 47 percent)
  4. Perception76 percent believed a disaster might impact them (drop from 98 percent)

The NHS study showed 59 percent had taken three or more of 12 preparedness actions, while 89 percent had taken at least one.

The key takeaway was “those who have taken at least one action were more likely to take additional actions.”


What to Do: 12 Preparedness Actions:

  1.  Assemble or update supplies
  2. Document and insure property
  3. Got involved in the community
  4. Know evacuation routes
  5. Make a plan
  6. Make the home safer
  7. Plan with neighbors
  8. Practice emergency drills
  9. Safeguard documents
  10. Save for a rainy day
  11. Sign up for alerts and warnings
  12. Test a family communication plan

Social Media: Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram



Free Basic Emergency Class on August 26 and 27

CERT Action Photo

The course will educate volunteers about disaster preparedness and train them in basic disaster response skills. Training is free and no experience is needed.

SMYRNA, Del. — The Delaware Citizens Corps and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency will hold a “CERT Basic Training Class” on Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day at the Clayton Fire Company, 300 East Street, Clayton, DE 19938.

Training is free and no experience is needed. Students must register at the Delaware Learning Center website*:

* New users will need to create an account to sign up.

Citizen Corps offers disaster preparedness training for the family and community through the “Community Emergency Response Team” (CERT) program. To date, about 4,500 Delaware citizens have taken the class, which provides citizens with the information necessary to prepare them to be self-sustaining during an emergency. The course will educate volunteers about disaster preparedness and train them in basic disaster response skills. Attendees will build and strengthen their capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters to better assist their community and professional responders during an emergency event.

Citizen Corps is a Department of Homeland Security program that asks all citizens to be involved in the safety of their own communities. This is accomplished through training, education, and volunteer programs. Outreach programs have been established at the local level by counties, cities, and towns to support homeland security, family safety and community preparedness. In Delaware, the Citizen Corps Program is incorporated into the planning components of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.

Social Media: Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram

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CONTACT: John Petersen
O: (302) 659-2211 C: (302) 233-8180


Family Emergency Preparedness Day Returns on September 17

Free family event features demonstrations and fun activities for all ages and abilities.

SMYRNA, Del. (August 9, 2022) — After a two-year absence, the 16th annual Family Emergency Preparedness Day returns on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brecknock County Park, 80 Old Camden Road, Camden, DE 19934. The rain date is Sunday, September 18.

September is “National Preparedness Month,” and attendees can get a wealth of resources and information to enhance their emergency preparedness – all in a fun, family environment. Exhibitors will offer interactive activities, games, promo items, and safety-themed giveaways. Kids can join “Emergency Kit Relay Races” and there will also be prizes in a “Preparedness and Safety Scavenger Hunt.”

Be early! The first 500 people who complete an activity challenge will get a free water ice from Kona Ice!

Many agencies and organizations are currently represented but interested groups can still sign up! Volunteers are also needed to assist with event management and support. To register, volunteer, or get more information, send an email to:

The event is co-sponsored by the Delaware Citizen Corps, Kent County Parks and Recreation, Kent County Department of Public Safety, Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), and the Delaware Division of Public Health-Office of Preparedness-Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness Section.




• Bayhealth Healthcare – Injury Prevention
• Beebe Healthcare – Injury Prevention, Water Safety, and Bike Helmet Display
• Camden-Wyoming Fire Company – Fire Trucks and Vehicle Extraction Demo
• Chesapeake Utilities – Fire Demo Trailer
• Delaware Behavioral and Emotional Support Team (DE BEST)
• Delaware Division of Public Health – Office of Women’s Health
• Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)
• Delaware Forest Service – Wildfire Prevention and Smokey Bear
• Delaware Office of Highway Safety – Seat Belt Safety Check
• Delaware State Fire School – Fire Safety and Sparky the Fire Dog
• Delaware State Police Helicopter
• Delaware Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (DEVOAD)
• Dover Air Force Base – Safety Trailer
• DSHS Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement – Impaired/Distracted Driver Simulator
• First State Military Academy Cadets – Volunteers
• Impact Life – Recovery Organization
• Kent County ARES/RACES – Amateur Radio Emergency Service
• Kent County Department of Public Safety – Hands-on CPR Training
• Kent County Paramedics
• Paws for People – Dogs
• PNC Bank
• Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Delaware Center)
• RespondDE (Medical Reserve Corps)
• St. Francis EMS
• State Council for Persons with Disabilities
• Sussex Vet Center
• University of Delaware – Center for Disabilities Studies

Food Vendors:

• Kona Ice – Dessert Truck
• Stix Chicken – Food Truck

Social Media: Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram


CONTACT: John Petersen
O: (302) 659-2211 C: (302) 233-8180