Winter Weather Awareness Week – December 7-11

Smyrna, DE – As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, we must be reminded of the hazards winter brings. Every year, winter weather conditions such as snow and freezing temperatures cause deaths, injuries, illnesses, and property damage in Delaware. Last year’s mild winter is not an indicator of what’s to come this year, so the time is now to brush up on some winter weather terminologies and start preparing.  Being prepared can help save lives, prevent injury, and save money.  To encourage everyone to prepare for the impacts of winter, December 7 through 11 is Winter Weather Awareness Week.  


For Winter Weather Awareness Week, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and PrepareDE are partnering with the National Weather Service-Mount Holly, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), and the University of Delaware Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis (CEMA).  During Winter Weather Awareness Week, participating agencies will provide information via social media, explaining the risks associated with various types of winter hazards (snow, ice, extreme cold, etc.) and provide tips on how to prepare for these extreme conditions.  They will also be sharing fun facts about past weather events in Delaware.   


During Winter Awareness Week, we encourage all Delawareans to become familiar with common risks during the winter months. Be prepared for snow and icy conditions that could impact travel on roadways, make sure you have emergency kits in your vehicle and at home, and ensure your home and vehicle are prepared for the extreme cold temperatures the state often experiences. Be prepared to bring your pets/animals inside in the event of a winter storm and freezing temperatures.  


While Delaware did not experience any significant snow or ice impacts this past winter season, DelDOT wants to remind motorists to slow down and adapt their driving to the road conditions, give our plows plenty of space on the roads, and take the time to remove snow and ice from their vehicles before traveling. The free DelDOT mobile app also provides access to more than 100 cameras statewide to view current road conditions before traveling.


“DelDOT has already begun preparations and will be ready to respond to any winter weather event. We encourage all motorists to take the time during Winter Awareness Week to assess the condition of their vehicles and be prepared for whatever this upcoming winter may bring,” offered Nicole Majeski, Acting Secretary of Transportation.


With COVID-19 cases on the rise and people moving indoors due to the colder temperatures, continue to practice COVID-19 precautions; wear a mask, avoid large in-door gatherings, self-quarantine and get tested if you have any symptoms or have come in contact with a someone who has COVID-19, and wash your hands often. 


To stay informed this winter, please utilize the following resources and give these agencies a “like” and “follow” on all social media platforms:  


National Weather Service-Mount Holly for weather conditions and will issues winter storm warnings: 

DelDOT to check road conditions before travel: 


PrepareDE for tips on how to be prepared this winter for and all hazards in Delaware: 

Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis (CEMA) 


Follow Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Governor Carney Declares State of Emergency to Coordinate Tropical Storm Response and Recovery

WILMINGTON, Del Governor John Carney on Tuesday issued a State of Emergency to coordinate response and recovery efforts following the high winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and flooding due to Tropical Storm Isaias. The State of Emergency is effective as of 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, until further notice.

“Several communities in Delaware experienced significant damage from Tropical Storm Isaias,” said Governor Carney. “We are declaring a State of Emergency to provide coordinated assistance for response and recovery efforts from this storm damage. Severe weather can happen quickly. I urge all Delawareans to stay safe, and prepare for any future weather events by visiting”

The State of Emergency allows the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) to direct and coordinate the resources to assist with response in the areas affected by the storm. The State of Emergency also directs the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware State Police, in consultation with DEMA and the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, to close bridges and roads as necessary to protect the health and safety of Delawareans and travelers.

Read State of Emergency


Related news:

Tropical Storm Isaias Damage Reporting

Tropical Storm Warning for Delaware

DelDOT Advisory for Tropical Storm Impact

Tropical Storm Isaias Damage Reporting

Smryna – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) Emergency Operations Center is requesting that Delaware residents with damage to their properties fill out the following survey report linked below.  This information is important to help determine eligibility for a disaster declaration.  

Delaware Damage Report – Click Here

Residents with severe damage or other direct evidence of a tornado should also contact the National Weather Service.  Instructions here National Weather Service Storm Report


Treat all downed power lines like they are live and do not drive under damaged power lines.  Contact the utility provider to report outages and downed power lines.  Do not drive through flood water or around barricades, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.

Follow Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Facebook and Twitter.

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

DelDOT Advisory for Tropical Storm Impact

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), and other state agencies are monitoring the forecast of Tropical Storm Isaias that could produce heavy rain, high wind gusts, and flash flooding throughout the day Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the entire state with the potential for winds greater than 39 mph and several inches of rain.

Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded roads and be alert for downed trees, wires, and other obstructions on the road as result of the wind and rain. DelDOT and its contractors will be securing equipment and materials on construction sites today, however, motorists should be cautious and aware in those areas for objects that can be blown into the roadway. Hazards can be reported to the Transportation Management Center by calling #77 when safely able to do so, which is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

DelDOT will be monitoring the storm and sharing updates as necessary via social media and WTMC 1380AM and reminds motorists that headlights should be on when windshield wipers are in use and to slow down and allow more travel time during any rain event.

Additionally, DelDOT urges residents who live in areas prone to flooding to take precautions for possible evacuation and review evacuation routes which are available on DelDOT’s website.

DEMA also provides an Emergency Preparedness Checklist and for the latest weather forecasts and emergency preparedness tips, visit

Special Weather Statement issued January 15 at 3:53AM EST by NWS Mount Holly NJ

Event : Special Weather Statement
Description : Patchy fog may persist through sunrise across far northern
Delmarva, southwestern New Jersey, and extreme southeastern
Pennsylvania. Visibility near one half mile will be possible at
times. If you are driving in these areas, this includes Interstate
95 from northeastern Maryland into Wilmington, and the areas
surrounding the Delaware Memorial Bridge, please exercise caution
for rapidly changing visibility. Allow extra time to reach your
destination, and if you encounter fog, reduce speed and increase
following distance with the vehicle in front of you.

Instruction :