DEMA steps to the forefront during natural or technological disasters - a hazardous waste spill or a powerful nor'easter, for example. Between emergencies, DEMA officials spend time working on a variety of issues.

With regard to nuclear hazards, DEMA maintains a real-time air-monitoring system that constantly checks background radiological levels. DEMA recently completed a six-year study of the movement of hazardous materials within and through Delaware by road, water, pipeline and airways. DEMA also coordinates and funds emergency public service announcements, and they conduct exercises and workshops on topics such as Disaster Stress Management, Counter-Terrorism, and School Safety.

DEMA also partners with many other Delaware agencies: for example, the Civil Air Patrol assists with damage assessment following a disaster, while Delaware's Health and Social Services helps evaluate crisis response capabilities. From the Franklin Institute, I'm Dr. Jon Nese

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