Founded in 2006, DDAT has dedicated itself to its mission to “coordinate emergency preparedness planning, awareness, and disaster mitigation among the agencies, institutions, and repositories that create and manage the cultural heritage of Delaware.”

This website contains information about the organization, a member directory, information on becoming a member, an event calendar, photos of past DDAT events, and selected resources.

Check out the Past Events and Photos pages to learn more about DDAT's most recent training programs!


On Monday, June 13, Pat Young & Sharon Fickeissen traveled to the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover to paint DDAT’s newly acquired Supply Pod. The Pod is a decommissioned Connex container used by the military as a storage container in Iraq. The pod is currently waiting to be moved to its final location on the tarmac, at which time we will finish the paint job, complete with the DDAT logo. Then we fill it and its contents will become accessible to our member organizations to support their disaster responses.
Fall Program

DDAT's Fall 2016 Program and business meeting

Our presenter will be Ed Tyczkowski, Mitigation Project Officer for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). Ed will be talking about what DEMA has done to mitigate possible impacts of disasters here in Delaware with particular emphasis on projects that consider historical and cultural resources.

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m.

As a reminder, all DDAT member organizations are encouraged to send up to 5 representatives to all DDAT programs. This is a great opportunity to encourage key personnel from your institution to become better informed about ways DEMA can help your organization be better prepared for disasters.

Resource of the Month
Check back each month to learn about a different disaster preparedness and recovery resource!

October's Resource

Collecting Institutions: Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

 WASHINGTON, D.C.— Hurricane Matthew is expected to move north along the east coast of the U.S. later this week and into the weekend. Even if the eye of the storm remains offshore, hurricane or tropical force conditions could still impact coastal states, with Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas expected to see the effect in the coming days. Those in the storm’s path should prepare for possible wind and water damage.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations impacted by the storm. Please help ensure that staff members of collecting institutions are aware of these resources in advance of Matthew’s impact:

  • A free mobile application provides the same salvage guidance offered in the award-winning “Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel.” You can download the application by visiting www.conservation-us.org/wheel
  • The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals, are available to provide advice on the phone via a free 24-hour hotline at 202.661.8068
  • National Heritage Responders are also available on conduct on-site assessments and provide guidance on salvage. Call the hotline (202.661.8068) to request assistance

Collecting institutions are encouraged to all that you can to stabilize your collections before the storm hits, while also making sure that your response contact lists and resources are ready to use should your institution be impacted.


Additional Resources on Hurricane Preparedness are available at