Family Preparedness Day at Delaware Agricultural Museum

(Dover) – The 6th annual Family Emergency Preparedness Day event will be held on Saturday, September 22nd at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover, from 10:00AM until 2:00PM, with important information and fun activities for the entire family.

The event is co-sponsored by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Delaware Department of Health and Social Services-Division of Public Health, Delaware Citizen Corps, Kent County Emergency Management, Delmarva Power, American Red Cross, Sussex County RSVP, and Paws For People.  The Delaware Citizen Corps and Kent County Emergency Management are hosts.

Activities and demonstrations include a live radio broadcast on Eagle 97.7, the Delaware National Guard kids climbing wall, health screenings by Bayhealth, Delaware State Police child identification, the Kent County Mobile Command Post, Millsboro Fire Company safety house, Dover Police K9 and SWAT demonstrations, Kent County Paramedics, Wal-Mart Safety Trailer, Red Cross Emergency Response vehicle, and more.

Exhibitors will have free giveaways, and there will be free food for the first 500 visitors.  Admission to the event is free.  The Delaware Agricultural Museum is at 866 N. Dupont Highway in Dover.


Emergency Preparedness Information Available at Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) invites visitors to the 2012 Delaware State Fair in Harrington to come by the DEMA booth and pick up important emergency preparedness information.

Delaware is about to enter the historically peak time of the annual hurricane season (June 1 – November 1), and visitors to the Fair will be able to get important information on how to protect themselves, their families, and their property during any type of emergency.  The materials available include tips on what to have on hand in the home before an emergency occurs.  An activities book for children will also be available.

The DEMA booth is located in the Delaware Building, which is near the grandstand.  The booth will be staffed from 12 noon to 8:00 PM each day of the State Fair (July 19 – 28).


Emergency Responders Reminded of I-95 Ramp Closure

Smyrna —  The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), joins with the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to remind motorists of an upcoming ramp closure exiting I-95 that will affect emergency responders.

Effective July 17, the exit ramp south of the Christiana Mall onto Route 1 northbound and I-95 northbound will be closed. The closures are necessary due to the construction of the overfly ramps from I-95 southbound onto Route 1 southbound. The closure will remain in effect until late fall of this year.

Traffic detours setup:

To Northbound I-95 (effective July 23 at 11:00 p.m.)

Turn left onto the Mall Ring Road and follow around until you pass Nordstrom on your left and the Park-and-Ride on your right. Take the next right onto the ramp to I-95 North.

To Southbound I-95

Turn right onto the Mall Ring Road and follow around until you pass Target. At the next exit, turn left toward Michaels/Pier 1. At next intersection turn right. At the traffic signal, go straight and then bear right onto the ramp for Route 1/Route 7 North. Follow Route 1/7 through I-95 underpass. Take next right onto ramp to I-95 South.

To Southbound Route 1

Follow the Mall Ring Road to the bridge exit, opposite Macys. Bear to the right after crossing the bridge. At the next intersection continue straight onto the on-ramp for Southbound Route 1.

To Northbound Route 7

Turn right onto  the Mall Ring Road and follow around until you pass Target. At the next exit, turn left toward Michaels/Pier 1. At next intersection turn right. At the traffic signal, go straight and then bear right onto the ramp for Route 1/ Route 7 North.

To Southbound Route 7

Follow the Mall Ring Road to the bridge exit, opposite Macys. Bear to the right after crossing the bridge. At the next intersection turn right. At the T-intersection turn left onto Southbound Route 7.

Signs will be posted to alert and direct traffic. Informational posters and handouts will be available at various locations throughout the Christiana Mall.

Increasing traffic volumes and development south of Route 1 has led to deteriorating levels of service within the area of the Christiana Mall and the I-95 & Route 1 Interchange. While morning and evening traffic volumes continue to struggle, this area also has deteriorating traffic conditions at many other times of the day and often throughout weekends.

Emergency responders who use the area to access Christiana Hospital should be aware of the changes and adjust routes accordingly.


Emergency Preparedness is subject of radio interview

Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) Director Jamie Turner will be interviewed on Wilmington, Delaware radio station WJBR-FM (99.5), on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at 6:30 AM.  The pre-recorded interview, conducted by morning show personality Charlie Maxx will be heard on the public affairs program, “Focus On Delaware”.

Maxx and Director Turner will discuss emergency preparedness, and give important tips on how individuals should prepare personal emergency plans for their families.  He will also talk about the items that should be included in family emergency preparedness kits, and how the decision to order an evacuation during storms is reached, and how the public should respond.

The interview can also be accessed online under “My.Podcasts” at http://wjbr.com/dj/john-charlie-morning.


Nuclear generating stations warning sirens to be tested July 10

A test of the Salem-Hope Creek Generating Stations Alert and Notification System will be conducted by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and the Delaware State Police on Tuesday, July 10, between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

The Quarterly Siren Test involves a three-to-five-minute sounding of the 37 notification sirens in Delaware, followed by a test message of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  The sirens are located within a 10-mile radius of the power plant, located in New Jersey.

Should an actual emergency occur at Salem or Hope Creek Generating Stations, sirens would alert the public to tune to one of the EAS stations for important emergency instructions.