The Delmarva Emergency Task Force works to ensure that all emergency responders on the Delmarva Peninsula are prepared for hazards, including natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tropical storms, and nor'easters; and man-made disasters involving weapons of mass destruction, or chemical and biological agents. State, county and municipal emergency management personnel from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia’s Eastern Shore counties on the peninsula plan together for a coordinated regional response, including effective communications, resource sharing, shelter and evacuation strategies, and recovery plans. Also part of the DETF are various volunteer and private agencies such as power companies, Red Cross, amateur radio, DOT, etc – all having the same goal of being a unified group during disaster responses.
The Steering Committee, which meets quarterly throughout the year, coordinates the work of the Task Force. One state and one local government representative from each participating state constitute the Steering Committee. Five work groups, comprised of many of DETF members, address specific issues - Communications, Education & Planning, Exercise Design & Evaluation, Protective Actions, and Resources & Recovery.