The Division of Public Health is seeking the public’s input to develop clear and effective ways to reach Delawareans in the event of emergency situations, such as hurricanes, flooding, serious illness outbreaks, industrial accidents and power outages.

Over the next several weeks, DPH will survey Delaware residents via email and in-person small group discussions to better understand how to best reach residents with the most accurate and up-to-date information during an emergency event.

The information will be used to develop an Emergency Public Information and Warning Plan for the state.

The survey is available online at

Included in the survey is an option to participate in one of three focus group discussions to be held throughout the state. A complimentary meal will be served and a deluxe emergency preparedness kit will be raffled off at the end of the event.

The focus groups will be held:

— Noon to 1 p.m. April 18 at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, 600 N. Lombard St. Wilmington, with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m.

— Noon to 1 p.m. April 20 at Easter Seals Tunnell Center, 22317 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m.

— 6 to 7 p.m. April 20 at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 S. State St., Dover, with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in participating in a focus group or has further questions should contact or 223-1246 by March 31 for consideration.

For information on emergency preparedness, visit