Delaware Disaster Assistance Team Mission
The mission of the Delaware Disaster Assistance Team (DDAT) is to coordinate emergency preparedness planning and awareness and disaster mitigation among the agencies, institutions, and repositories that create and manage collections of books and published materials, papers and records, artifacts and objects, and artwork of historical and cultural importance and value to the state and citizens of Delaware. DDAT stands as a means for cooperation among the libraries, archives, museums, and related entities located within Delaware before emergencies occur and as a liaison between its participants and supporting and advisory entities.
To accomplish its mission, DDAT will identify appropriate emergency management resources drawn from within and outside of the Delaware community, and will conduct collaborative activities intended to coordinate emergency preparedness planning efforts among the participating entities. These activities are intended to be preventive in scope, providing means to mitigate risk to the collections located within Delaware. Foremost among these activities are the following objectives:
- Provision of assistance to participating entities in the development of individual emergency preparedness, response, and recovery plans.
- Organization of training and educational resources intended to enable participating entities in the development of aforesaid plans and related activities.
- Provision of a means of communication among participating entities for the exchange of ideas and information concerning emergency preparedness, response, and recovery planning and related activities.
As emergency preparedness reaches a greater level of awareness and attention within the historical and cultural institutions of Delaware, it is anticipated that activities will be undertaken to provide service and assistance in depth to participating institutions for the purposes of disaster mitigation and recovery, including but not limited to the establishment of a mutual aid agreement between the participating entities, the establishment of regional networks and supply depots, and the implementation of emergency preparedness planning standards. In sum, these efforts should produce a strong network of affiliated entities capable of providing direct assistance to participating entities during emergencies and disasters.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Pat Young, Chair
Resource Collection Coordinator
Disaster Research Center
University of Delaware