About Us

The State of Delaware is vulnerable to various hazards, both natural, such as flash floods, hurricanes, pandemics, and winter storms, and artificial hazards, such as hazardous materials accidents, cyber-crime, and terrorist threats.

Because the University of Delaware differs in size, complexity, and function from public agencies in the State of Delaware and New Castle County and faces such threats, in March 2007, the University created the Emergency Preparedness Manager position. This position, now known as the Associate Director of Emergency Management, reports to the Associate Vice President of Campus and Public Safety, works within the Office of Campus and Public Safety, and provides full-service emergency management support to the University community.

What We Do

The University of Delaware Emergency Management team is the lead for coordinating emergency preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery activities on campus. This includes supporting the University's continuity of operations program, special events, severe weather preparedness and warning operations, functioning as a liaison for local, state, and federal partners, and providing general assistance to the University of Delaware's overall public safety enterprise.

In addition to supporting the above activities, the emergency management team is responsible for developing and implementing the following University emergency plans, policies, and procedures:

  • The University of Delaware Emergency Operations Plan
  • The University of Delaware All-Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • The University of Delaware Emergency Communication Plan
  • The University of Delaware Weather Closing Procedures
  • The University of Delaware Unmanned Aircraft System Policy

All questions, recommendations, or requests relating to the University's emergency management plans, procedures, or support activities can be sent to the Associate Director of Emergency Management, Joshua Kelly, at joshk@udel.edu.

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