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.
Know Your Alerts and Warnings
Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. Local police and fire departments, emergency managers, the National Weather Service (NWS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal CommunicationsCommission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and private industry are working together to make sure you can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies no matter where you are–at home, at school, at work, or in the community.
For those with access and functional needs, many messages are TTY/TDD compatible and many devices have accessible accommodations. There are different types of emergency alert systems from the local, state and national level Some are automatic, some you have to opt-in or sign up to get text or e-mail alers, as well as various Apps (i.e.FEMA App) that you can download. Make sure you receive critical information as soon as possible so you can take action to be safe. Go to FEMA's Alerts and Warnings Fact Sheet to learn about how to stay informed. Get Tech Ready!
Be sure to share this information with your family, friends, and colleagues. And remember to keep extra batteries for your mobile phone or radio in a safe place or consider purchasing other back-up power supplies such as a car, solar-powered, or hand crank charger.
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