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At a Glance
  • State Population: 1,018,396
  • Local Health Departments: N/A
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Flooding, Tropical Storms/Hurricanes, Nor’easters
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations:
    2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2022: $5,405,020
    FY 2021: $5,383,535
    FY 2020: $5,312,726
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding:
    Mpox 2023 Funding: $259,970
    COVID-19 2021 Funding: $6,695,170
    COVID-19 2020 Funding: $4,567,500
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 1
  • Laboratorians: 3
  • Nurses: 1
  • Planners: 14
  • Other: 16*

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

CDC Preparedness Field Staff
  • 1 Career Epidemiology Field Officer
Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
  2. Community Preparedness
  3. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  4. Volunteer Management
  5. Information Sharing
Stories from the Field
CDC in Action–PHEP Ensures Delaware’s Most Vulnerable Residents are Safe during Emergencies

PHEP helps Delaware exercise and improve emergency response plans so jurisdictions can keep residents—especially those who are most vulnerable—safe during many types of emergencies. In June 2018, the Division of Public Health led a two-day, full-scale exercise with more than 200 staff to test a mass care plan outlining roles and responsibilities for each health department social services division and establishing a support center for people with special needs. Lessons learned from this PHEP-supported exercise are helping Delaware develop updated Radiation Reception Center and Family Assistance Center plans.

Delaware Care Plan
Developing a Mass Care Plan for Vulnerable Residents

Following Superstorm Sandy, staff from the Department of Health and Social Services developed a comprehensive department wide Mass Care Plan that identifies roles and responsibilities for each division. A key part of the plan was the development of a Functional Information and Support Center (FISC), where trained experts (state agencies and community organizations) provide technical support and information for people with access and functional needs (AFN) during response and recovery. As a result, Delaware’s most vulnerable residents are better equipped to stay safe during future emergencies.