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 911.

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 Emergencies & 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

Helping your family be prepared for when disasters hit. Know what to expect and be prepared in advance.

Website: Prepare DE

Preparedness Buddy

Create a personal emergency plan designed for all, including those with access and functional needs. Provides a step-by-step template to complete an emergency plan using a personal support network or buddy system.

Link: Preparedness Buddy

National Resources

American Red Cross

Helping those in need by providing disaster relief, support for military families, health & safety training and education, and life-saving blood.

Website, National Organization: American Red Cross

Link: American Red Cross -Delmarva Chapter

Link: Special Needs Emergency Preparedness

Link: Types of Emergencies – Tools & Resources

CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response Facts and Tips

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

General Website: CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

Specific Emergency Websites:

Link: Coronavirus – COVID-19

LinkDiabetes – Be Prepared!

Link: Earthquakes – Drop! Cover! Hold On!

Link: Winter Weather Health and Safety

LinkExtreme Heat Hot Weather Safety Tips

LinkFloods – Before, During & After

LinkHurricanes and Other Tropical Storms

Link: Influenza Prevention, Symptoms & 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 everyone to 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 Mobile App

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

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

Food Safety.gov

How to keep food and water safe during and after an emergency such as flood, fire, national disaster or loss of power.

Website: Food Safety In A Disaster or 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- Diasters & Emergencies

Link: Pets & Animals in a Disaster

Link:  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

Helping families and individuals 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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