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Your Views Are Needed for an Emergency Service Survey

DPH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SURVEY: Reaching you in a community emergency situation

This message comes from the Delaware Department of Public Health:

Dear Delawarean,

Your opinion is important to us. The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) wants your input to develop the most clear and effective ways to reach you in a community emergency situation.

Emergencies such as hurricanes, flooding, serious illness outbreaks, industrial accidents, and power outages mean that people need the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.

Would you take a moment to fill out the survey at The survey should take about 10 minutes.

We would also like to invite you to a focus group to hear your input on how we can reach you and your loved ones better.

Some questions that will be addressed include:
· If there is a disaster or community emergency, do you know what to do?
· If there is a disaster or community emergency, how do you find out?
· Do you get government notifications in a disaster or community emergency?
· How do you want to get your news during a disaster or community emergency?

The focus group dates, times, and locations are: · Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center in Wilmington from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m.

· Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Easter Seals Tunnell Center in Georgetown from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m.

· Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m.

A complimentary meal will be served. At the end of the event, we will raffle off a Deluxe Emergency Preparedness Kit.

If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact Cathleen Rossi at or 302-223-1246 by March 31, 2017 for consideration.

Thank you for your time and willingness to help us secure a meaningful Emergency Public Information and Warning Plan for the State of Delaware and its residents.

Karyl T. Rattay, MD, MS
DPH Director

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The group will meet in rear section of the restaurant and the table will have an HLADE sign on it.

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