WHEREAS, within the past seventy-two hours extensive areas of the State of Delaware have been subjected to storm conditions of extraordinary violence, including gale force winds and abnormally rising waters, both of ocean and inland origins; and

WHEREAS, by reason of such extraordinary storm conditions, winds and rising waters, there has been loss of life and widespread devastation to personal and real property in various portions of our State, particularly along the coastal areas abutting on the Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware Bay, the Delaware River and other inland waterways and their tributaries; and

WHEREAS, as the result thereof, a condition of disaster by flood and other causes appears to exist in the areas affected; and

WHEREAS, by Chapter 31, Title 20, Delaware Code, as amended in 1955, upon the Governor's declaration that an emergency exists, the term "Civil Defense" is defined to include functions to prevent, minimize and repair injury and damage resulting from disaster caused by flood or other causes; and

WHEREAS, in performing his duties under the said Statute, the Governor is authorized "to utilize the services and facilities of existing officers and agencies of the State and of the political sub-divisions thereof; and all such officers and agencies shall perform such services and supply such facilities as the Governor may request;" and

WHEREAS, it is now deemed necessary and advisable to declare an emergency to exist under the said Statute in order adequately to deal with the disaster and emergency which has developed and generally to better protect the public peace, health and safety, and to preserve the lives and property of the people of this State:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim and declare that an emergency exists within the scope and meaning of Chapter 31, Title 20, Delaware Code, as amended in 1955; and

FURTHER, I call upon all Delaware citizens, public officers, public agencies and volunteer organizations to exert every effort to assist in relieving and overcoming the losses sustained and the burdens thrust upon the unfortunate victims of this terrible catastrophe.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this 8th day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-sixth.



Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State