Be Informed about Different Types of Hazards
It's important to become familiar with the different types of hazards that are likely to impact your community or neighborhood. Learn what to do before, during and after specific types of disasters or emergencies. See Common Hazards in West Virginia, download specific Hazard Information Sheets.
Know Your Alerts and Warnings
When emergencies strike, public safety officials use timely and reliable systems to alert you.There are different types of emergency alert systems from the local, state and national level. Some are automatic and some you have to sign up for to get text or e-mail alerts. Here are some steps you can take to be informed.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are short emergency messages from authorized federal, state, local, tribal and territorial public alerting authorities that can be broadcast from cell towers to any WEA‐enabled mobile device in a locally targeted area. WEAs can be sent by state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the President of the United States.
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that allows the president to address the nation within 10 minutes during a national emergency. State and local authorities may also use the system to deliver important emergency information such as weather information, imminent threats, AMBER alerts and local incident information targeted to specific areas.
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations that broadcast continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office based on your physical location. NOAA Radios
Learn more at https://www.ready.gov/alerts
WV State Government Sources for Information
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