Plans & Programs

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)

The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) outlines the county's roles and responsibilities during any natural, technological, or man-made disaster and major emergencies.

Generally referred as the jurisdiction’s Emergency Operations Plan, our CEMP contains a Basic section that outlines roles/responsibilities and contains job aids for department activities.  This plan is not for public dissemination as it pertains to County Government and support agency disaster operations.  

The Plan contains currently four (4) Hazard Specific Annexes: 

  1. NCC LEPC Hazardous Substance Response Plan              
  2. NCC Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan
  3. Severe Weather Annex
  4. Rail Incident Response Annex

And three (3) Functional Annexes:

  1. Mass Care & Bulk Distribution                               
  2. Recovery                      
  3. Volunteer & Donations Management

Threat Incident Management Plan

This plan notifies, evacuates, and accounts for the employees and public that occupy the 47 county-maintained facilities. NCC employees comprise the evacuation teams in the six major facilities and participate in annual exercises to test the plan. This plan is continually revised and distributed to 40 department / office representatives.

Hazardous Materials Response Plan

This plan outlines the efforts of the fire service, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, emergency medical services, police jurisdictions, and non-governmental agencies to plan for and respond to chemical emergencies in New Castle County. This plan is continually updated and revised in cooperation with the New Castle County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

Delaware City Community Awareness & Emergency Response (CAER) Plan

This plan outlines the responsibilities of the chemical facilities (located on Route 9 near Delaware City) during an incident at one of the eight plants in that complex. It also delineates responsibilities for outside response agencies.

Weather Monitoring

The Office of Emergency Management monitors approximately 30 weather storms that threaten New Castle County annually. Our new weather satellite computer provides up-to-date forecast and radar maps.

State Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program

The New Castle County Office of Emergency Management is currently assisting in the update of the Delaware Radiological Emergency Response Plan. New Castle County participated in the REP Full-Scale Federally Evaluated Exercise in May 2008 with no deficiencies or issues and the 2010 Plume / Ingestion Pathway federally graded exercise with no deficiencies or issues.

Delaware Emergency Operations Plan (DEOP)

The New Castle County Office of Emergency Management contributes and supports the DEOP planning process in cooperation with DEMA.

State of Delaware Hazard Mitigation Plan

New Castle County Office of Emergency Management assisted with collecting data from 12 municipalities and eight county departments for a statewide plan identifying mitigation projects to help reduce the effects of disasters in the county.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Compliance

The New Castle County Office of Emergency Management ensures that the county is National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant. This is accomplished through the delivery of NIMS and Incident Command System (ICS) training to hundreds of county emergency responders, development and participation in numerous exercises, reliance on ICS to manage incidents, and continued maintenance and management of emergency management systems and equipment.

New Castle County Hazard Mitigation Plan

The New Castle County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF) is a mandatory plan which was first developed by New Castle County in 2005. The plan assessed the potential hazards which could occur within the county and detailed a list of "mitigation actions" that could be taken to prepare our county for these possible hazards. The plan must be updated every five years. Therefore, in 2010 we reviewed the plan by updating our risk assessment of potential hazards and by updating our list of mitigation actions. We update this list by documenting any progress that has been made towards completing these actions, and any new actions which should be taken and are not in the plan. The latest plan revision was completed in Feb. 2015 with FEMA Approval in May 2015.