Wireless Emergency Alert System (HB 259)

Updated: Jun 14

HB 259, a measure that would require the state to use the Wireless Emergency Alert system to notify the public of catastrophic chemical releases.


If there’s a statewide emergency involving anything dangerous like chemical releases, Rep. Frank Cooke believes Delawareans should know about it immediately. That’s why he supported HB 259, a measure that would require the state to use the Wireless Emergency Alert system to notify the public of catastrophic chemical releases. HB 259 was inspired by the community’s concerns after the Croda ethylene oxide leak of 2018. It would also require wireless messages to be in Spanish, when possible.

The 2018 Croda chemical leak caused an emergency closure of the Delaware Memorial Bridge highlighted a huge problem about that lack of notification to residents.Imminent and substantial endangerment to public health can never be ignored.



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