Delaware is small state with a population of 950,000. The population of Delaware soars during the summer season, as Delaware is the home to several popular east coast beach destinations including Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island. Delaware’s industries include banking, tourism, and agriculture. The Division of Public Health (DPH) Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness Section (EMSPS) conducted more than 15 planning meetings to determine the priorities for the next grant year and project period. Prior to and during these meetings a number of documents were reviewed to include Capability Planning Guides (CPG’s), AARs, existing plans, PIRA, ORR, CDC site visits, Delaware’s Hazard Vulnerability Analysis, Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, and Delaware Hazard Mitigation Plan. Activities and mitigation projects were developed from these meetings and have been prioritized and put into work plans for the following grant submission. Proposed projects for the upcoming grant year are discussed during the PHEP stakeholders meeting which also includes a discussion of all federal preparedness grants to include ELC, State Homeland Security Program, and the Hospital Preparedness Program.
DPH and EMSPS will use this PHEP funding for personnel, equipment, facilities, and vehicles to maintain a response readiness posture in order to identify threats and respond effectively to protect the health and safety of Delaware residents and visitors. Delaware will also maintain its partnership with stakeholders to increase outreach, review and test emergency preparedness plans, conduct several workshops and exercises, ensure effective response, and identification of gaps.