Delaware Citizen Corps Receives Award from FEMA

(Smyrna) – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) is proud to acknowledge special recognition given to Delaware Citizen Corps.  Citizen Corps is a volunteer-centered organization that conducts public education and outreach about emergency preparedness, and conducts training to help volunteers play important roles during disasters.

The Honorable Mention Individual and Community Preparedness award to Delaware Citizen Corps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cites the local group’s innovative practices and achievements that help make communities stronger, safer, and better prepared to manage emergencies.

DEMA Director Jamie Turner joined with FEMA in congratulating the year-long Citizen Corps preparedness efforts: “Citizen Corps is an important component in preparing Delaware for potential disasters of all kinds.  It is one of our organizations that works with the City of Wilmington, as well as New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties.  Through continued work with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and events such as the Family Preparedness Day, Citizen Corps provides a valuable service to the entire state.  I am pleased to see their efforts recognized by FEMA.”  

Delaware Citizen Corps works under the umbrella of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA).


SBA Deadline for Private Non-Profit Disaster Loan Applications set for January 15, 2013

(Smyrna) – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) reminds private non-profit organizations in Delaware determined to be eligible for disaster loans in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy that the deadline for loan applications is Tuesday, January 15, 2013.  The loans are available to private non-profit organizations statewide.

Low-interest loans are offered to eligible private non-profit organizations by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for physical loss up to the loan limits, while approved loans can be increased to allow for protective measures designed to mitigate similar future storm damages. Private non-profits can also receive loans to meet working capital needs.  

All applications must be received by the SBA by the January 15, 2013 deadline.  Applications can be made online using the Electronic Loan Application available at the SBA’s secure website (https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela).  Loan forms and information can also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for hearing impaired callers), or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Applicants can also download an application from the Small Business Administration website (www.sba.gov).  Completed applications submitted via mail should be sent to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

Non-critical private non-profits that are eligible for loans may include (but are not limited to) colleges, community centers, food kitchens, homeless shelters, libraries, museums, and schools.


Disaster Assistance Briefings Set For Officials After Tropical Storm Sandy

(Smyrna) – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), working in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announces that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Delaware to help state, municipal and certain private non-profit agencies recover costs incurred from Tropical Storm Sandy.  Briefings are scheduled across the State of Delaware for potential applicants for Federal Public Assistance (PA). Potential applicants may attend a briefing in any of the locations, regardless of location of office or agency.  The dates and locations are as follows:

4 PM Wednesday, November 28

Sussex County Administrative Offices West

22215 South DuPont Hwy

Georgetown, DE 19947

 7 PM Wednesday, November 28

Sussex County Administrative Offices West

22215 South DuPont Hwy

Georgetown, DE 19947

 4 PM Thursday, November 29

John P. (Sean) Mulhern Emergency Operations Center

DEMA Training Room – Security/Training Entrance

165 Brick Store Landing Road

Smyrna, DE 19977

3:00 PM Friday, November 30

Paul J. Sweeney, Public Safety Building

Sweeney Room

3601 North DuPont Highway

New Castle, DE 19720

 These applicant’s briefings are intended for state and local government agencies and certain private non-profit organizations that incurred costs responding to Tropical Storm Sandy.

Individual property owners and private businesses are not eligible for Federal Public Assistance. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency share of potential disaster assistance for eligible and approved Delaware applicants is 75 percent of the eligible cost incurred. 

FEMA Public Assistance (PA) funding is awarded to help pay for approved and validated emergency protective measures, and repairs to public infrastructure.  The program includes funding for both emergency and permanent work.

To be eligible for PA, project costs must exceed $1,000, the work must be required as a result of the declared disaster, it must be located within the designated disaster area, and must be the responsibility of the applicant. Also, insurance must be deducted and assistance cannot be available from any other federal agency.

Examples of eligible private nonprofit facilities include some public utilities, custodial care and

medical organizations, and educational institutions. Eligible nonprofits must hold current federal

tax-exempt status and possess a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.  

 For information, call Delaware Emergency Management Agency, 302-659-3362.


President Declares Disaster For Delaware

(Washington, DC)  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Delaware to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Tropical Storm Sandy during the period of October 27 to November 8, 2012.

The action by President Obama makes federal funding available to state, eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Sandy in Kent, New Castle, and Sussex Counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Additional disaster damage designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State of Delaware and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.


How to Help Sandy Victims in New York and New Jersey

A number of Delawareans have asked how they can help victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.  A check with officials in each location turned up these suggestions:

  • Do not send donations of old clothing.  Emergency officials are not equipped to launder, sort, warehouse, or distribute such items.  
  • Cash donations are needed.  Necessary items can be purchased locally or regionally and distributed to people in need.  
  • Donations to the American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries or Salvation Army can be made online.
  • Companies wishing to make donations to New York should go to www.governor.ny.gov and click on the box “Companies Looking to Make Donations to Sandy victims.
  • Those wanting to assist victims in New Jersey can make donations to the New Jersey Relief Fund.  Click on SandyNJReliefFund.org to make online donations via a credit card.  Checks can also be mailed to New Jersey Relief Fund, P.O. Box 95, Mendham, NJ 07945-0095.