Saturday, January 30, 2010

Holiday Travel Weather: Naughty or Nice?

Stay safe during this busy holiday travel season by keeping up-to-date on the latest forecasts and weather advisories or warnings issued by NOAA's National Weather Service. Visit

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

NCCVFA to host Second Annual 5K Fire Run/Walk

The New Castle County Volunteer Firefighters' Association will host its second annual 5K fire run/walk to benefit the NCC Firefighters' Relief Fund.

The sanctioned race will be held on March 28, 2010 at noon as a fast and flat out-and-back through the New Castle Corporate Commons and State Fire School grounds. Registration starts at 11 am outside of the Gilliam Building (77 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720).

All participants will receive a t-shirt, post-race refreshments and a free smoke detector. Registration is $18 pre registration by March 23rd and $22 after and morning of event.

To register, visit

To donate a door prize, please contact

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Citizen Corps partners with the Office of Child Care Licensing

The Delaware Citizen Corps and NCC Citizen Corps has partnered with the Office of Child Care Licensing to offer FREE trainings. The program is called Emergency Planning for Family Child Care and Large Family Child Care Homes. For more information, including dates, times and locations of these trainings, click here to view the flier. To view the Home Emergency Planning template, click here.

For more information on the Office of Child Care Licensing under the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families, click here.

H1N1 shots available for free

The H1N1 vaccine has become available to all Delawareans above the age of six months at many local clinics and pharmacies for free after the Department of Public Health released a significant number of shots.

Visit your doctor's office, your local Walgreens ( or for more information about where the shots are available.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

ACP meeting on Jan. 12

The Association of Contingency Planners will hold a meeting January 12, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Building (3601 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720). The topic will be “BCP in a Down Economy” featuring Ted Brown, III, CBCP, CBCV, President & CEO of KETCHConsulting.

The agenda is as follows:
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Welcome / Introductions
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Presentation – “BCP in a Down Economy” Edward (Ted) B. Brown III, CBCP, CBCV President & CEO KETCHConsulting
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Brief Intermission & Networking
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Chapter Reports
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: “How has your organization been affected?”
3:30 p.m. Meeting Adjourned

Please RSVP by noon on January 8, 2010 to

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 New Castle County Citizen Corps Council meeting dates announced

Mark your calendars!

Meeting dates for 2010 have been announced! All meetings are schedule to be held at the Public Safety Building (3601 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720) in the Sweeney Room. All meetings will begin at 10 a.m.

Friday, March 12, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010

* All dates and locations are subject to change.

Monday, January 4, 2010

December Citizen Corps Council meeting minutes

New Castle County Citizen Corps Council
December 18, 2009 Agenda
Posted at

• Welcome and introductions
o Those in attendance (in order of sign in): Richard Jester CPAW, Bill Wheatley CPAW, Marny McLee DE Citizen Corps, Brian Bannon NCCOEM, Marissa Favata ESC/NCCOEM, Jessi Schimmel ESC/NCCOEM, John Scoggin PEPCO Holdings, Robbie McCray NCC Communication Corps, Lt. Gerry Donovan NCC Police, Peggy Sue Cole ACP, Bobbie Merrill ACP, Dave Carpenter Jr. NCCOEM.

• Review and approval of November 2009 meeting minutes
o Approved as presented.

• NCC Citizen Corps update
o December CERT class December 10 and 11 was very successful. Thirty-two newly trained CERT members. We will be offering a “train-the-trainer” class for anyone interested in teaching CERT on January 22, 2010 at the Public Safety Building (3601 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720) from 9:30 am to 2 pm.
o Red Cross Damage Assessment Team is forming up quickly. We will be offering the instructor-led training class on January 30, 2010 at the Public Safety Building (3601 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720) from 10 am to 3 pm.
o For information about either of this programs, contact Jessi Schimmel at or 302.395.2700.

• Discussion about the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps and the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers (SERVDE) by Nicole Desmarais
o The Department of Public Health has a system to manage and identify volunteers through the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The system has been useful, but is currently limited to the MRC. Citizen Corps has been searching for a volunteer management system that would serve our purposes well, this system could do just that, but no agreement exists to share the technology.

• Open group discussion
o Discussion of Web 2.0 functions and how they are being used (blog, Facebook, Twitter

• Set action items and agenda for next meeting
o Next meeting TBA. Check for more information.

• Adjourn

Association of Contingency Planners joins Citizen Corps

We are thrilled to welcome the Association of Contingency Planners - The First State (Delaware) Chapter, which became the newest member of the New Castle County Citizen Corps Council in December.

According to its web site - - "The Association of Contingency Planners - The First State (Delaware) Chapter is a non-profit trade association dedicated to fostering continued professional growth and development in effective Contingency & Business Resumption Planning....ACP provides members an excellent information exchange experience and opportunities to set response and recovery trends while strengthening relationships through public and private partnerships.The First State ACP chapter members include business continuity, disaster recovery, audit/compliance, and emergency planners from the private and public sectors, including financial institutions, utility companies, schools/universities, property management firms, non-profit groups, local government agencies, third-party providers, and various other organizations."

For more information, visit their web site and check back here for meeting information.

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