Community service and engagement is one of the four pillars of IAEM@UD’s mission. As such, the chapter has been working to increase our outreach activities that connect the community to educational experiences and emergency management resources.
IAEM@UD is excited to partner with the National Weather Service to offer SKYWARN courses for the University of Delaware as well as the surrounding town of Newark and New Castle County. SKYWARN is is a program designed to educate the public about the different types of severe weather specific to our area, and empower community members to be able to report instances of severe weather directly to the National Weather Service.
For more information on the SKYWARN program, visit the National Weather Service page.
IAEM@UD members are joining with the American Red Cross for their ongoing Sound the Alarm program. This program helps educate communities about the importance of having property installed and maintained smoke detectors in their homes. Volunteers visit homes within designated communities and go door-to-door to help educate and install fire alarms. Want to join us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer at the next event!
For more information on this program, visit the American Red Cross page.
Preservation Preparedness Alliance
The Preservation Preparedness Alliance (PPA) was a partnership between IAEM@UD and the Delaware Disaster Assistance Team (DDAT). The mission of the Preservation Preparedness Alliance is to support disaster preparedness initiatives impacting public safety and cultural property collection preservation in the state of Delaware.
We were fortunate to have students from the Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD) and the University of Delaware Museum Studies department joining us in this important work. Several projects are currently underway, and students are actively facilitating emergency planning for museums, libraries and archives in the state of Delaware. Look for updates and more information coming soon!
Southbridge Evacuation Planning
IAEM@UD has consulted with community leaders in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington to aid the community in further developing flooding evacuation plans. Further details about the project can be found here.
- Facilitated a disaster preparedness workshop for former foster care youths, featuring the University’s emergency manager.
- Developed informational pamphlets as an IAEM representative, in partnership with the University of Delaware/Center for Disability Studies Citizen Corps Council, that provide information to the community on weather watches and warnings, driving bans, and preparedness kit contents.
- Check out our pamphlet! IAEM@UD Preparedness Brochure
- Volunteered with All Hands disaster volunteers in Hurricane Sandy recovery work on Staten Island.
IAEM@UD is committed to giving back to the community and supporting efforts to facilitate preparedness and recovery.
We are looking for partnership opportunities related to disaster recovery or preparedness. If you have an idea for a project or are interested in partnering with us on an initiative, please let us know via the Contact Us page!