This week, Franklin Facts is visiting the headquarters of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, DEMA, the lead state agency for coordinating emergency preparedness, response and recovery in order to save lives, protect Delaware's economy, and reduce the impact of emergencies.

DEMA can trace its roots to World War II when the Department of Defense established state offices to prepare and protect Americans from attack. The Delaware Office of Civil Defense was located in a former coastal bunker inside Fort Delaware. Once the Cold War threat passed, emergency management changed its focus to preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural and technological disasters such as hurricanes, biological hazards and radioactive releases. DEMA partners with similar agencies from Maryland and Virginia as part of a DelMarVa Emergency Task Force.

DEMA's Emergency Operations Center is located in Smyrna, about ten miles north of the state capital. This week we'll introduce you to DEMA and take you inside this state-of-the-art facility. I'm Dr. Jon Nese.

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