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TO: HEADS OF ALL STATE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
RE: PROMULGATION OF THE DELAWARE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware is vulnerable to a wide range of emergencies, including natural and technological disasters and disasters caused by weapons of mass destruction, all of which threaten the life, health, and safety of its people; damage and destroy property; disrupt services and everyday business and recreational activities; and impede economic growth and development; and
WHEREAS, this vulnerability is exacerbated by the State’s growing population, especially the number of persons residing in coastal areas, in the elderly and at-risk populations, and in the number of seasonal vacationers; and
WHEREAS, the State must take all prudent actions to reduce the vulnerability of the people and property of this State; to prepare for the efficient evacuation and shelter of threatened or affected persons; to provide for the rapid and orderly provision of relief to persons and for the restoration of services and property; and to provide for the coordination of activities related to emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation among agencies and officials of this State, with similar agencies and officials of other states, with local and federal governments, with interstate organizations, and with the private sector; and
WHEREAS, the Governor is responsible for addressing the dangers to life, health, environment, property or public peace within the State presented by emergencies or disasters, and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, through the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, has principal responsibility for coordinating responses to such dangers by preparing and maintaining a comprehensive plan pursuant to the Delaware Code, Title 20, Chapter 31; and,
WHEREAS, pursuant to 20 DEL. C. § 3106, the Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (the “Director”) shall be subject to the direction and control of the Governor and responsible to the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security (the “Secretary”) for carrying out the program for emergency management of this State; and,
WHEREAS, during an emergency or disaster, the Governor may delegate such powers as the Governor may see fit to the Secretary or to the Director to coordinate the activities of the State that serve to prevent or alleviate the ill effects of an imminent or actual emergency or disaster and to maintain liaison with emergency support agencies and organizations of other states and of the federal government; and,
WHEREAS, the Delaware Emergency Operations Plan, developed pursuant to the requirements of 20 DEL. C. § 3107, has been reviewed by the various departments and agencies tasked therein as establishing the policies and procedures to be followed by the State of Delaware in executing all emergency or disaster operations.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN C. CARNEY, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby DECLARE and ORDER that:
APPROVED this 13th day of October, 2017.
John C. Carney
Secretary of State