Tropical Storm Warning for Delaware

Smryna – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the entire State of Delaware.  A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm-force winds, sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph, are expected within the next 36 hours.

Tropical storms are not just a threat to coastal communities.  High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and flooding can occur throughout Delaware.  The current forecast calls for heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds to begin in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  Widespread three to five inches of rainfall is possible with isolated higher amounts; the higher amounts may be away from coastal communities and across the northern section Delaware.  This will create strong potential for flash flooding.  Rain and wind can also cause down trees and power lines leading to potentially extended power outages.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Emergency Operations Center remains active and has been closely coordinating with local, federal, voluntary, and non-profit agencies to prepare for this storm.  DEMA encourages residents and visitors to prepare now.  Here are some tips for what you can do today:

  • Secure loose outdoor items such as patio furniture and grills.
  • Clear drains around your house
  • Ensure that you have an emergency plan, including where you could go if you need to leave your home.
  • Have a plan for how to stay cool if the power goes out.
  • Create an emergency kit with items such as non-perishable food, water, and extra medications, to sustain each member of your family plus pets for up to 7 days.
  • Make sure to include extra cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfecting wipes due to COVID-19.
  • Also ensure that your electronic devices are charged and that you have a backup battery bank.  
  • Finally, stay informed by monitoring the DEMA social media pages, local officials, and local weather. To sign up for emergency alerts click here, and for preparedness tips: PrepareDE.org.  

Follow Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Facebook and Twitter.

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


Navarro Urges Residents to Prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias

Provides information on insurance processes for property damage

As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches Delaware, residents are urged to prepare for dangerous winds over 55 miles per hour and up to 6 inches of rain. Storm surges, localized flooding, tree damage, power outages, and other threats to life and property are possible, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Rain is expected Monday evening, with the brunt of the storm arriving early on Tuesday.

“As models continue to show Delaware in the path of this storm, home and business owners should take steps to reduce property damage and stay safe,” said Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro. “Secure any outdoor items or furniture that could cause damage when windy conditions occur, charge your cellphones, gather emergency supplies, and make a plan about where you can take shelter away from windows at the peak of the storm. Keep in mind that roads may become difficult to navigate due to debris and tree damage, and never drive through a flooded area.”

Isaias is expected to hit Delaware Tuesday morning. Potential storm impacts include damage to porches, carports and other awnings, as well as roofing and siding, with impacts on mobile homes more significant. NWS expects uprooted or snapped trees in addition to flooding, causing impassable roadways and power outages in some places. Storm surges are likely, and tornadoes are possible.

In advance of storms, residents are urged to locate important documents, including homeowners and auto insurance policies and company contact information, as well as a complete a home inventory. If your property is damaged by Tropical Storm Isaias, contact your insurer before you clean up or make repairs, and photograph all damage. After speaking with your insurer and photographing damage, take action to prevent further damage by covering broken windows, damaged walls, or leaking roofs, but do not make permanent repairs. Your insurance company should inspect the property and estimate the cost of permanent repairs. Save all receipts and documentation, including those related to temporary repairs.

Hurricane season lasts well into the fall, and residents should make plans and take precautions now to reduce future risks, including exploring flood insurance. More than 20 percent of flood insurance claims are for properties outside of high-risk areas. Flood insurance policies typically take 30 days to go into effect. For more information about FEMA’s flood insurance program and to find an agent in your area, visit FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-4661.

For more information on how to prepare your home for inclement weather, visit the Department of Insurance Disaster Preparedness page.


Governor Carney’s Statement on Weather Forecast

WILMINGTON, Del.Governor John Carney on Sunday issued the following statement on weather conditions and encouraged Delawareans to follow the latest forecasts and emergency preparedness resources online:

“The Delaware Emergency Management Agency is closely monitoring the approach of Hurricane Florence, as well as Hurricane Isaac farther out in the Atlantic. We are communicating and coordinating with Delaware state agencies, local partners, FEMA officials, and authorities in surrounding states. Emergency management officials will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on any protective actions that should be taken in response to Hurricane Florence. Delawareans and visitors should be prepared in the event that Delaware feels an impact from the storm. It is still too early to tell what impact Delaware will experience, but it is never too early to plan and ensure you are prepared. Delawareans should visit preparede.org for tips and monitor your local forecasts.”

For the latest weather forecasts and emergency preparedness tips, visit preparede.org and de.gov/weather, and follow updates on social media:

Prepare Delaware
Delaware Emergency Management Agency
National Weather Service – Mount Holly, N.J.
Delaware Department of Transportation


Donated Supplies Begin Their Journey To The People of Puerto Rico

On Friday, October 20, 2017 members of the Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit along with representatives from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) formed a convoy of trucks and trailers bound for the Port of Wilmington. The cargo being transported consisted of supplies received as a result of a two week donation drive, benefitting the people of Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria.

Upon arrival the convoy was met by a team of approximately twenty Port of Wilmington employees who off-loaded and packaged 32 pallets of donated supplies before loading them onto a cargo ship bound for Puerto Rico.

The donation drive which ran from October 4th-18th, was a collaborative effort between the Office of Governor John Carney, DEMA, the Delaware State Police, the Delaware Citizens Corps, and in conjunction with the International Longshoremen’s Association of Delaware and the Port of Wilmington.

On behalf of all the agencies involved in this humanitarian relief effort, the Delaware State Police would like to thank the citizens of the State of Delaware, who through their kindness and generosity made this initiative a success.

A Donation Drive for Puerto Rico Accepted at Delaware State Police Troops

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 102117 1634

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Governor Carney, Agencies and ILA Partner for Puerto Rico Donation Drive

Donated items will be accepted at Delaware State Police, Port of Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Delaware State Police, and Delaware Citizen Corps, in conjunction with the International Longshoremen’s Association and the Port of Wilmington, announced on Thursday a campaign to gather donated supplies to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

“Delawareans always stand ready to assist those in need, and our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico need our support,” said Governor Carney. “Members of our National Guard continue to assist with disaster response, and our thoughts continue to be with everyone in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. We look out for our neighbors here in Delaware, and I urge Delawareans to support this effort however possible.”

“The emergency management communities have seen challenges like no other this year,” said A.J. Schall, Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. “I’m proud DEMA has been able to assist other states via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, and I am glad we can join with our private partners and non-profits to support Puerto Rico.”

The transportation of the items to Puerto Rico will be organized and shipped by the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) 1694, led by ILA 1694 President Bill Ashe.

Donated supplies can be dropped off at Delaware State Police Troop locations throughout the state, as well as at the Port of Wilmington.

*A list of supplies that will be accepted is available below.

Donations will be accepted at the following Delaware State Police locations Monday through Sunday between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. until Wednesday, October 18:

  • Delaware State Police Headquarters – 1441 N. DuPont Highway, Dover 19903
  • State Police Troop 1 – 603 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington 19809
  • State Police Troop 2 – 100 Lagrange Avenue, Newark 19702
  • State Police Troop 3 – 3759 South State Street, Camden 19934
  • State Police Troop 4 – 23652 Shortly Road, Georgetown 19947
  • State Police Troop 5 – 9265 Public Safety Way, Bridgeville 19933
  • State Police Troop 6 – 3301 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington 19808
  • State Police Troop 7 – 18006 Coastal Highway, Lewes 19958
  • State Police Troop 9 – 414 Main Street, Odessa 19730

Donations will also be accepted at the Port of Wilmington Monday through Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and noon until Saturday, October 21:

  • Port of Wilmington – 1 Hausel Road, Wilmington, DE 19801
    *Because of Port security, members of the public donating items must check in at Lane 4 of the Port’s main gate. Security Officers will direct donors from that point to the collection area. All loose items should be placed in boxes.

Items needed in Puerto Rico include:

  • Baby formulas and food (Similac and Enfamil from all stages) *no other food will be accepted
  • First aid supplies
  • Stomach and diarrhea medications
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries and feminine-hygiene products
  • Dish soap and laundry detergents
  • Garbage bags
  • Work gloves, tarps, ropes, safety glasses and goggles
  • Pet food

The public is reminded that the following items will not be accepted:

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Toys or stuffed animals
  • Bottled water
  • Food

Monetary donations will not be accepted at the collection sites. Delawareans wishing to make monetary donations may do so securely online through National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.

Delawareans interested in volunteer opportunities can find instructions online at the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster’s website.

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