Emergency Preparedness

A disaster is an event which is:slideshow

  • relatively unexpected
  • emergency personnel may be overwhelmed
  • lives, health and the environment are endangered.

There are 3 types of disaster:

  • natural
  • manmade
  • technological

Disasters that impact Delaware:

  • tornado
  • flood
  • ice storm
  • train derailment
  • radiological event
  • hurricane
  • wind
  • chemical spill

What can happen in a disaster – breakdown of infrastructure:

  • roadways damaged and impassable
    • help unable to get to the worst-hit areas
    • supplies unable to reach needed areas
  • vehicles damaged
    • inability to move injured
  • buildings damaged
    • hospitals, etc.
    • falling debris creates more injuries
  • communication means fail
    • unable to call for help
    • unable to communicate with family and friends
  • utilities fail
    • no light, heat, potable water
    • risk of fuel source explosion
  • home hazards
    • loss of power
    • possible structural instability of home
    • electric shock from downed power lines
    • basement flooding/water in home
    • gas line leaks or breaks
    • roof leakage

Mitigating Factors – What YOU can do!

  • develop an emergency plan
    • learn the threats in your area
    • identify meeting places
      • one outside your home
      • one outside your neighborhood
    • select your out-of-state contacts
    • know your evacuation routes
    • know the location of utility shut-offs (electric, gas and
    • know the policies of your schools, daycare and adult care centers
    • include your planning needs of children, seniors, pets and people with disabilities
    • schedule an annual family disaster drill
  • develop an emergency supply kit
  • prepare a check-list for possible evacuation
    • emergency supply kit
    • out-of-state contact list
    • know multiple evacuation routes
    • cash and credit cards
    • important documents
    • fuel for vehicle
    • leave early; take your pets
  • prepare essential supplies for sheltering in place
    • bring your family and pets inside
    • lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers
    • turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating
    • take your emergency supply kit unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated
    • go to an interior room with few windows, if possible
    • seal all windows, doors and air vets with plastic sheeting and duct tape (consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time)
    • be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so that you create a barrier between yourself and any contamination
    • local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or heck the internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.

For people with disabilities

  • create a support network to help in an emergency
  • tell these people where you keep your emergency supplies
  • contact your city or county government’s emergency information management office. Man local offices keep lists of people with disabilities so they can be located quickly in a sudden emergency.
  • wear medical alert tags or bracelets to help identify your disability
  • if you are dependent on dialysis or other life sustaining treatment, know the location and availability of more than one facility
  • show others how to operate your wheelchair
  • know the size and weight of your wheelchair, in addition to whether or not it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported
  • additional supplies for people with disabilities
    • prescription medications, list of medications including dosage, list of any allergies
    • extra eyeglasses and hearing-aid batteries
    • extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen
    • keep a list of the style and serial number of medical devices
    • medical insurance and medicare cards
    • list of doctors, relatives or friends who should be notified if you are hurt


Emergency Contact Information:

Newark Police Department
For Emergency dial 911
Non-Emergency (302) 366-7111pdf-documentation_318-33165
Tipline (302) 366-7124

NHA Emergency Numbers
During Office Hours (302) 366-0826
Off Hours, Weekends and Holidays (302) 388-6692

Emergency Contact Formpdf-documentation_318-33165

Residents must complete the new Emergency Information Form and return to the office.

Emergency Contact Number

Post our emergency number in a convenient location in your unit: (302) 388-6692.
Calling this number will activate our-inner office emergency phone tree which will allow set in motion the necessary/needed emergency services. This emergency number and procedure will be in service after closing hours on normal business days, weekends and holidays.

Emergency Resources

Delaware Citizen Corps
Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) – Disaster Preparedness
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Are You Ready?
Homeland Security – Ready America

Red Cross – Preparing for Disaster

Delmarva Red Cross
National Organization on Disability
Humane Society of the United States