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As a part of our mission, the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve is committed to promoting informed decision making through the Delaware Coastal Training Program. This program addresses critical coastal resource management issues in Delaware by providing current scientific information, access to technologies and skill-building opportunities to Delawareans responsible for making decisions about the state’s coastal resources.  This can include partnering with other agencies and organizations to provide data relevant to current coastal issues including land use, sea level rise, climate change, and biodiversity.

The Coastal Training Program’s activities range from seminars, hands-on skill training, and participatory workshops to lectures and technology demonstrations. Through these programs, coastal resource decision makers also have opportunities to share experiences, network in a multidisciplinary setting, and participate in field activities. Past workshops covered subjects such as sea level rise in Delaware, wetlands restoration techniques, public issues and conflict management, and social media skills. Decision makers who participate in the Delaware Coastal Training Program's activities include local government officials, state legislators, home owners’ associations, and many more. Coastal Training Program Workshops are typically advertised to the target audience.

You can also request the assistance of the Coastal Training Program if there is a professional development need regarding coastal resource management. The CTP Coordinator can work with you to develop and offer workshops and trainings on a variety of topical coastal issues like resource restoration, community adaptation and resiliency planning, invasive species, and more. For more information regarding upcoming workshops or if you have an idea for a workshop, please contact Kelly Valencik, the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at or (302) 739-6377.
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Upcoming Delaware Coastal Training Program Events  




 Creating a Flood Ready Community


Friday, June 12, 2015 

9 a.m. - noon

Check-in begins at 8:30 am. Catered lunch and networking session will immediately follow the training, from noon - 1 pm.

University of Delaware Paradee Center

69 Transportation Circle

Dover, DE 19901

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This course, held in partnership with the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Adminsitration, Delaware Sea Grant and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, reviews the multiple sources of flood risks to Delaware communities that can be addressed and mitigated through planning, codes, and ordinances. It covers floodplain requirements for muicipalities and tools for adapting to flood risk.  Sources of funding and technical assistance will also be presented.  



A limited number of registration fee waivers are available for municipal officials, based on financial need. Fees will be covered by the Delaware Coastal Training Program. To request a fee waiver, please email Kelly Valencik, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at All other registrations for this event must be submitted through IPA’s online event-registration system. 



Course Instructors:


Wendy Carey, PhD

Delaware Sea Grant

University of Delaware


Susan Love

DNREC Delaware Coastal Programs


Greg Williams

DNREC Flood Mitigation Program


Registration and Questions, please contact: Kelly Valencik, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at 302-739-6377





Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities Training


Save the Date!

Tuesday, August 4 - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 

St. Jones Reserve Coastal Training Center

818 Kitts Hummock Road

Dover, DE 19901




Hurricanes are among the deadliest and costliest of natural disasters. Our coastal and inland communities that are vulnerable to this force, must adapt to and incorporate this powerful constraint into the planning and design of the built environment. HURRIPLAN, is a newly developed approach for hurricane resilient community planning and building design. Designing for hurricane hazards and community sheltering also provides the opportunity to deploy sustainable design strategies which enhance the resilience of coastal communities.


This two-day performance-level course will provide professionals with the training necessary to integrate resilient community planning and building design strategies with civic and commercial projects located in hurricane-prone areas. In addition to discussing existing regulations, this course will feature best practices that may increase community shelter capacity while addressing design concerns such as sustainability, accessibility, architectural aesthetics, and regional culture. Through lectures and active learning components, existing regulations and beyond-code design guidelines are discussed and implemented.


This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.


Course Modules:

  • Hurricane Science & Hazards
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Building Design case studies
  • Community Resources and Insurance
  • Zoning Code Strategies
  • Building Code Regulations
  • Guidelines and Best Practices
  • Building Envelope Technology
  • Community Saferoom Planning and Building Design 
Who Should Take This Course: 

This course is targeted for a broad cross section of professionals involved in Emergency Management, Governmental Administrative, Public Works, Private Sector / Corporate Security and Safety, Building and Zoning Officials, Mitigation Specialists, Planners, Architects, Engineers, Land Owners, Building Managers, and Developers FEMA Certified Course.
This course is held in partnership with Delaware Sea Grant and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai'i.



Information on Past Trainings and Workshops


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