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!

DDAT Member Satisfaction Survey

Your DDAT Board would like to receive your feedback on how DDAT is doing in terms of providing your organization with the best possible member experience.  We value your input and that of your organization and we encourage you to take this opportunity to help us chart the future course of DDAT.

Please take a few minutes to complete a very brief, 12 question survey about your organization's DDAT membership experience.  All answers are confidential and will be taken under serious advisement by the DDAT Board.

To access the survey, please go to

 Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.  We look forward to receiving your input as soon as possible.

Photo Credit:The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

At our April general membership meeting, Claudia Leister was recognized for her efforts in establishing and service to the Delaware Disaster Assistance Team. The Claudia F. Leister Fellowship has been created and named in honor of the founding member and former DDAT Chair.

The Milford Chronicle has spotlighted this and more of Claudia's contributions to cultural heritage in Delaware in the article "Delaware Diamond" found in Milford Museum.
To read about this honor, the fellowship and more of Claudia's achievements, please click here.

DDAT Spring 2016 Program and Business Meeting

On Thursday, March 25, DDAT held their annual spring program and business meeting at the Dover Public Library. The program, entitled: The DDAT-iAEM@UD Partnership: Resources and Projects to Support Your Organization's Disaster Preparedness focused on the efforts of the student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers at the University of Delaware and Summer Service Learning Fellows from UD to DDAT during the summer, 2015, months.

Brandon Bristor and Megan Hewitt presented their poster "Achieving Cultural Heritage Preservation Through Professional Partnership" which will be exhibited at the 2016 AIC conference in Montreal, and discussed the tools and resources they created for DDAT during their fellowships.

Valerie Marlowe was to discuss the Preservation Preparedness Alliance, a partnership project between iAEM@UD and DDAT, which provides unique support to DDAT member institutions in developing or enhancing their emergency response plans and related tools and activities. In her absence, DDAT members that went through the PPA process discussed their experiences and outcomes from the project.

Valerie Marlowe is the immediate past president of iAEM@UD, the student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers at the University of Delaware. Brandon Bristor and Megan Hewitt served as Summer Service Learning Fellows from UD to DDAT during the Summer, 2015, months.

To access Tabletop Exercise documents and templates presented at the meeting, please click here. Documents are located at the bottom of the page.

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

May's Resource

The Pocket Response Plan (PReP) was developed by the Council of State Archivists  as a one page continuity of service plan. This convenient format can be kept in your wallet or on an electronic device so its always at hand in case of an emergency. Several templates are available to fit a number of institution types.

The results are in for the 2015 DDAT Officers and Board members elections conducted in person at the November 5 business meeting and via email between November 6 and 18.  First I'd like to thank all the reps who took the time to register your organization's vote.  Your input is very important to the future of DDAT and I truly appreciate your participation.

Now, the results...your Officers and Board members for the 2016-2017 term are as follows:


Chair:  Pat Young (Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware)

Vice Chair:  Ryan Grover (Biggs Museum of American Art)

Secretary:   Sharon Fickeissen (Hagley Museum and Library)

Treasurer:    Randy Goss (Delaware Public Archives)

Board Members :

Mary Anne Farrell

(Delaware Technical and Community College, George Campus, Wilmington)

Elaine Fike (Georgetown Public Library)

Wenona Phillips (Laurel Public Library)

Laura Wahl (Hagley Museum and Library)

I would like to extend a special welcome to new Board member Wenona Phillips and also to Ryan Grover who is returning to the Board after a several-year hiatus.

Finally, I want to express my deep and sincere appreciation to outgoing Board members Claudia Leister, Norma Jean Fowler, and Mary Durio.  You have all worked tirelessly to support DDAT's mission and goals and your service to both the Board and the organization as a whole will continue to have a lasting impact.  Thank you, ladies, for a job very well done!

The new Board will meet for the first time in early 2016 and we look forward to working toward even more success for DDAT over the next two years.