Emergency Resources


Plan Ahead For Any Emergency with Smart911. Your safety profile is free, private, and secure.  Add as much or as little information as you want for first responders to better assist in the event of an emergency. This information will only be seen if you call 9-1-1.

Website: Smart911

Link: New Castle County Dept. Of Public Safety – Smart911 

State Specific Resources

Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA)

Coordinating comprehensive emergency preparedness, training, response, recovery and mitigation services across the state of Delaware. Helpful tips and tools for families to be better prepared for disasters in advance.

Website: Delaware Emergency Management Agency

Link: DEMA Disaster Preparedness

Fire Safety For People with Disabilities

Find safety measures for those living at home with a disability, including escape plans, apps for alerting the authorities in case of danger, and solutions to a variety of fire emergency scenarios.
Link: Fire Safety for People with Disabilities

Prepare Delaware

Learn more about being prepared for natural disasters in Delaware, fires, power outages, pandemic influenza, nuclear accidents and terrorist threats.

Website: Prepare DE

Preparedness Buddy

Providing a step-by-step template to complete a personal emergency plan using a personal support network or buddy system. Designed for all persons including those with access and functional needs.

Link: Preparedness Buddy

National Resources

American Red Cross

Helping those in need by providing disaster relief, support for America’s Military families, health and safety training and education, and life-saving blood.

Website, National Organization: American Red Cross

Website, Delmarva Region: American Red Cross -Delmarva Region

Link: Delmarva Region Programs and Services

Link: What We Do – Disaster Relief

Link: Preparing for Disaster for People With Disabilities and Other Special Needs

Link: Disaster & Safety Library Tools & Resources

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response Facts and Tips

A resource to help you be prepared for and respond to public health and safety emergencies. Providing you with the information needed to protect and save lives during a public emergency situation.

General Website: CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

Specific Emergency Websites:

LinkDiabetes – Be Prepared!

Link: Earthquakes – Drop! Cover! Hold On!

Link: Winter Weather Health and Safety

LinkExtreme Heat Hot Weather Safety Tips

LinkFloods – Be Prepared Before and After the Storm

LinkHurricanes and Other Tropical Storms

LinkSeasonal Flu Basics, Prevention and Treatment

LinkTornadoes – Before, During and After

Emergency Preparedness – ODEP

Find tools and resources to help people with disabilities and others prepare for, and recover from, emergency situations and disasters.

Link: Emergency Preparedness

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Supporting citizens and first responders be better prepared for, protected against, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Website: FEMA

Link: Preparing for Disasters For People With Disabilities and Other Special Needs

Link: FEMA Smartphone App

Link: FEMA Region 3 – For FEMA information specific to Delaware.

In the case of a natural disaster, text SHELTER and your Zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area.

Food Safety.gov

Find out how to keep food and water safe during and after an emergency such as a flood, fire, national disaster or the loss of power.

Website: Food Safety In An Emergency

Poison Help & Hotline

When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222. Get help right away from a local poison expert.

Website: Poison Help & Hotline

Public Health Emergency

Find out what you can do to keep yourself, your family and your community safe and healthy when disaster strikes.

Website: Public Health Emergency

Ready.gov – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Prepare – Plan – Stay Informed. Know what to do before, during and after an emergency or natural disaster. Tips to make a an emergeny situation plan, stay informed for emergencies, and build a disaster survival kit.

Website: Ready.gov – Natural Disasters

Link: Guidelines – Caring For Animals in a Disaster

Link: Make a Disaster Plan – Individuals with Disabilities

Vial of Life Kits

Keep your child’s vital health information where others can find it with a Vial of Life Kit. Vial of Life Kits can be requested from the following County points of contact:

New Castle County residents – (302) 395-8184 – New Castle County Emergency Medical Services Division.

Kent County residents -(302) 739-4211 – Triad File of Life Kit

Sussex County residents – (302) 645-3468 – File of Life Kit

Disaster Preparedness Guide

A guide for families and individuals to be prepared for a disaster. Includes section specific for people with disabilities.
Link: Disaster Preparedness Guide

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

For more information on hurricane and storm safety, read blog post, Hurricane Sandy Helpful Resources.

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