Community preparedness workshop special needs requests due March 3

Event for seniors and people with disabilities set March 10
February 16, 2020

Disasters can strike suddenly, anytime and anywhere, and first responders may not be able to get to those in need right away.

Delaware Citizen Corps, the Office of Preparedness, and Sussex County Senior Services are partnering to hold a community preparedness workshop for seniors and people with disabilities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to talk with preparedness partner exhibitors.

Lunch will be available for purchase, but attendees must preregister for lunch. For those under age 60, lunch cost is $4.50 per person. For those 60 and older, the cost is $3. Lunch money will be collected at the door on the day of the workshop.

Attendees will learn what they can do to help themselves, family members and others if an emergency or disaster happens. The workshop’s major goal is to better equip seniors and people with disabilities with knowledge to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies at home and disasters in their communities.

In 2019, Delaware experienced winter storms, severe storms and power outages, flooding, tornadoes, and threats from hurricanes and coastal storms. Learning about what can happen and how to be prepared is increasingly important.

Speakers will include trainers from the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, Office of Preparedness, and Delaware Citizen Corps as well as specialists from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative, and Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities/Adult Protective Services. The workshop will feature information and resources about fire safety, how to make emergency and communications plans, and how to make an emergency kit.

Seating is limited. Registration for this free workshop is required. To register online, go to To request special accommodations for hearing or visual impairments or other needs, contact Beth MacDonald by Tuesday, March 3, at