FEMA Mitigation Grant Application Period Open

Smyrna – The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for DR-4566 Tropical Storm Isaias funding notice has been announced. The application period started in May 2021, with up to $2,000,000 in available funding for mitigation projects. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is intended to assist state agencies and local governments in implementing long-term hazard mitigation planning and projects following a Presidential major disaster declaration.  More detailed information regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program can be found at https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) is seeking eligible projects to be submitted through sub-applicants (state and local governments) for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. DEMA will review all pre-applications for eligibility and determine which projects will move forward in the application process by July 2021. Eligible project sub-applications will be required to be submitted to FEMA for further review by August 2021.

For additional information, or if your organization wishes to apply for HMGP funding or further inquire about mitigation grants, contact your county emergency management office, or Karen Montes at DEMA, 302-659-2243, or karen.montes@delaware.gov.

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


Emergency Sirens To Be Tested Tuesday

Smyrna, DE – 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, April 6, 2021.  The sirens will sound at around 7:20 p.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.   

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

If you are unsure whether you live within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone, you can click here: Emergency Planning Zone Map.

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


Nonprofit Security Grant Program Accepting Applications

Smyrna, DE – Do you know a nonprofit organization in Delaware that may be interested in grant funding for security enhancements? Organizations with 501(c)(3) status may be eligible to receive funding through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) which supports organizations that may be at risk of a terrorist attack.  Nonprofits that may qualify must apply to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) by April 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm to be considered for funding.  Each individual nonprofit organization may be awarded up to a maximum of $150,000. DEMA is the State Administrative Agency for the Homeland Security Grant Program. 

Eligible applicants must conduct a vulnerability assessment that demonstrates the organization is at high risk of a terrorist attack.  The grant application must include risks, vulnerabilities, and the proposed project intended to address/mitigate the identified risks and vulnerabilities.  Allowable projects should focus on security-related activities and physical security enhancements. Funding can be used for security-related planning, exercises, training, contracted security personnel, and the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization at the time of application.

Applying nonprofits must complete the application which includes an Investment Justification (IJ) document, mission statement, risk assessment, and other supporting documentation.  Additionally, a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) is needed for application.  No applications will be accepted by DEMA after April 5, 2021.  Qualified applications will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and grant administrators at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will make the final determination of eligibility and award. 

DEMA will host a webinar for potential applicants on March 11th at 2pm to provide general information and answer questions. To register email Christine Beste at Christine.Beste@delaware.gov. Complete qualification information and application packages can be found on DEMA’s website, https://dema.delaware.gov/contentFolder/misc/NSGP-Summary.zip. Completed applications should be sent to Christine Beste at Christine.Beste@delaware.gov.

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NEWS FROM FEMA: FEMA and Delaware Officials Opening COVID-19 Vaccination Center in Dover 

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Tuesday shared the following news from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Health and Human Services (HHS), Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), and Dover International  Speedway (DIS) have partnered to open a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site for six days beginning Sunday, February 21, 2021.

FEMA will provide resources and federal staffing support, as well as operational support at this site.

“We’re committed to vaccinating as many Delawareans as possible, as quickly and equitably as possible,” said Delaware Governor John C. Carney.  “This will help us deliver critical second doses of a life-saving vaccine to thousands of Delawareans.  Thank you to FEMA, Dover International Speedway, and all of our partners in this important effort.”

“FEMA is grateful for the outpouring of support and hard work from our partners in Delaware and we are excited about the innovative ways we are working together to safely vaccinate Delaware residents,” said Janice Barlow, Acting Regional Administrator, FEMA Region 3. This vaccination site, the first of its kind in Region 3, plays a critical role in protecting Delawareans against a virus that is relentless and ever evolving – time is of the essence.

Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global emergency, FEMA sought early on to ensure existing partnerships with private sector and others, help facilitate this vaccine mission.

“Dover International Speedway is proud to host this vaccination site and is grateful to all the agencies that came together so quickly to make this possible for our community,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president. “Our central location and ability to host thousands of people and vehicles with efficiency has made the Speedway, as well as our dedicated staff, a critical ally for health officials and charities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. From hosting monthly food donation events and offering tests to first-responders to this vaccination site, we will continue to help our community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic however possible.”

The State of Delaware requested federal assistance to establish a vaccination site that would be able to provide the second-dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to up to 3,000 Delawareans a day for six days.

These second-dose appointments will only be available for those who received a first-dose from the Division of Public Health at one of the following events:

  • Dover Division of Motor Vehicles on January 16th through January 18th
  • Salesianum School in Wilmington on January 18th
  • Delaware City Division of Motor Vehicles on January 22nd through 24th
  • Georgetown Division of Motor Vehicles on January 23rd and January 24th

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be provided to those that have received their first dose at these locations.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with DEMA, FEMA and the Dover International Speedway to provide second doses to those DPH vaccinated at our large DMV events in January,” said Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.  “Organizing a multi-day event like this takes a significant amount of resources and we appreciate the work of not only our staff, but all involved to ensure that these Delawareans are able to be fully vaccinated.”

The second-dose appointments for the FEMA vaccination clinic will open on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at de.gov/fema. Appointments will be made with a simplified scheduling system created by Division of Public Health and not through the CDC VAMS system that some first-dose recipients may have used to make appointments for the Georgetown and Delaware City events in January. Those without internet access may call DPH at 1-833-643-1715 but should not call until after 11 a.m. Wednesday as no appointments will be available until then, but wait time may be lengthy based on call volume and online registration is urged.

To make an appointment for the Dover Speedway clinic, an individual will have to indicate the location and date of the DPH first dose event they attended from the list above. Individuals will have an option to create an appointment for someone else after they create their own, and will be able to have a single email tied to multiple appointments. Everyone who arrives to be vaccinated must have an appointment.

Vaccinations will occur between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day, scheduled in 15-minute increments. Initially, DPH will initially schedule appointments for the first five days (Feb. 20-24) and will open the sixth day as needed.

Visitors can access the vaccination site via Dover International Speedway’s Leipsic Road entrance.  To reduce waiting, those with appointments will be urged not to show up more than an hour early. Just in case, those arriving at the site need to ensure:

  • You enter the Speedway grounds via 1000 Leipsic Road, not the main entrance from Route 13.
  • Your vehicle has a full tank of gas.
  • You have personal identification (a driver’s licenses or photo ID).
  • Proof of first COVID-19 vaccination (vaccination card).
  • Confirmation of your appointment.
  • Snacks to enjoy while waiting in line.

Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) Director A.J. Schall said, “We are lucky to be able to leverage partnerships to provide the needed second doses next week.  The surge flexibility that FEMA offers allows other partners to continue with first doses and advanced planning. This event would not be possible without Dover International Speedway, Kent County EMS, St. Francis Hospital EMS, Delaware Department of Transportation (DELDOT), law enforcement, and FEMA.  Partnerships and flexibility will get us through this pandemic.”

FEMA will have socially distanced staff on site to ensure prompt service is available to all and that proper COVID-19 protocol is adhered to.

“FEMA remains committed to helping Americans during this time and we will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease,” said Region 3 Acting Administrator Barlow.

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Emergency Sirens To Be Tested Tuesday

Smyrna, DE – 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, January 5, 2021.  The sirens will sound at around 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.   

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

Any residents living within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) may contact DEMA at (302)659-3362 if they are in need of potassium iodide (KI) tablets. 

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