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WV Recovery and Prep News
10/11/2019
Flood Recovery, A Volunteer Remembered, Winter Prep...more
WV Disaster Related Info in the News
09/23/2019
Check out what's happening around the state....more
FEMA Releases 2018 Survey Results on Household Preparedness
09/11/2019
which measures individuals' attitudes and behaviors regarding preparedness...and what influences them to begin preparing for a future hazard....more
Buckhannon Firefighters Hone Skills During Summer Training Sessions
09/09/2019
Ready for National Preparedness Month...more
Be Prepared, NOT Scared
08/26/2019
September is National Preparedness Month...more
Nationwide Emergency Alert Test on August 7
08/06/2019
Beginning at 2:20 p.m. EDT, the test message will be sent to radio and television stations......more
WV Receives Disaster Declaration for June 2019 Flooding
08/05/2019
that happened in Eastern part of West Virginia...more
WV Disaster and Prep News
07/30/2019
learn what's happening around the state....more
WV Congressional Delegation Asks President for Disaster Declaration
07/25/2019
following June 29 flash flooding, which caused significant damage to infrastructure, homes, personal property and businesses in Grant, Pendleton, Preston, Tucker and Randolph counties....more
State Agencies Provide Assistance to World Scout Jamboree
07/24/2019
at Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, WV...more
City of Charleston opening cooling centers, pools for excessive heat this weekend
07/18/2019
Multiple counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio are under an excessive heat warning from noon Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service....more
Flood Recovery Efforts in Eastern WV
07/08/2019
in Pendleton County, Harman......more
July 4th - Grill and Fireworks Safety
07/03/2019
Be Safe while having Fun! ...more
Justice Declares State of Emergency
07/01/2019
following Eastern Mountain Flash Flooding...more
Protecting Your Property From Floods
06/26/2019
Homeowners’ and renters’ insurance usually do not cover flood damage....more
STEP - Student Tools for Emergency Planning
06/24/2019
Students and Teachers STEP towards Emergency Preparedness...more
Pet Prep Tips!
06/21/2019
Keep a selfie of you and your pet as proof of ownership and identification in case of an emergency. ...more
Cabell County commissioners request DOT Study I-64 after Hydroplane Wrecks
06/14/2019
By Dan Klein | Posted: Thu 4:54 PM, Jun 13, 2019 | reposted from WSAZ news website: https://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Cabell-Commissioners-request-DOT-study-I-64-after-hydroplane-wrecks-511255761.html...more
First Responders Complete Homeland Security Training
06/03/2019
four state and local first responders from West Virginia completed training giving them the skills needed to instruct the Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program....more
West Virginia counties receive disaster designation
05/03/2019
The United States Department of Agriculture has approved 12 counties in West Virginia as primary natural disaster areas. ...more
Power outages reported after storm hits Tornado, WV area
05/03/2019
The largest remaining pocket of outages is being reported in Cabell County, West Virginia between the towns of Milton and Ona....more
Loans Available for WV Farms for Hurricane-Related Flooding
05/02/2019
Farmers in two dozen counties in West Virginia are eligible to apply for emergency loans from flooding caused by hurricanes Florence and Michael last year....more
Drug Take Back Day!
04/23/2019
This Saturday, April 27, 2019! ...more
Manchin Requests Extension of FEMA Insurance Period
04/08/2019
Many landowners received assistance from FEMA after the June 2016 flood in the form of three-year group flood insurance policies. The first plans are set to expire in September....more
April is National Financial Capability Month
04/02/2019
Personal financial planning helps individuals and families prepare for disasters both big and small....more
FEMA Wants W.Va. Residents at Risk from Spring Flooding to Check Insurance Options
03/15/2019
“A lot of people think their homeowner’s, or renter’s policy, or small-business policy covers them for flood damage, and normally it doesn’t...” ...more
Governor Justice Announces Tornado Test Alert on March 19 @ 10:30am
03/18/2019
and designates March 18-22, 2019, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in West Virginia....more
Greenbrier County institutes new Emergency Alert System
03/12/2019
Text messages connect us and can even keep us safe through emergency alerts. But they only work if you’re signed up...more
Official says Naylor Hall repaired after wind damage
03/11/2019
Treasurer Ronnie Good said part of the metal roof of the historic structure, which serves as Town Hall, was blown off....more
Businesses to receive training on suspicious purchases
03/07/2019
...namely materials that could be used to create bombs readily available at home supply stores and other businesses....more
Power restored for many across West Virginia
02/26/2019
Power has been restored for many of the more than 25,000 Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia......more
Crews work to prevent landslide after multiple in Harrison County over past few weeks
02/22/2019
continuing cycle of rain, snow, and sun has damaged hillsides across Doddridge, Monongalia, and Harrison Counties....more
Seeking Youth Leaders for National Youth Preparedness Council
02/19/2019
FEMA will start accepting applicants for the Youth Preparedness Council. ...more
Two Separate Rockslides Close Major Roadways
02/14/2019
For more info, go to WSAZ News https://bit.ly/2GFNany ...more
Parsons, WV, to Receive $350,000 in Federal Funding to Support Flood Recovery
02/13/2019
...funds will support infrastructure improvements ...more
Fayette County Rolls Out Swift911 Mass Emergency Notification System
02/06/2019
residents of Fayette County and other municipalities will get emergency alerts by phone, text, social media, email or fax....more
Charleston to Open Warming Centers
01/29/2019
With cold temperatures in the forecast, the city of Charleston will work with area organizations to open warming shelters for those in need this week....more
Melting Snow Leads to Minor Flooding in the Eastern Panhandle
01/24/2019
The Eastern Panhandle received several inches of snowfall within the past few weeks, causing some small flooding to occur in low-lying areas across the region. ...more
Shutdown Stalls West Virginia Recovery From 2016 Floods
01/24/2019
West Virginia’s 2016 flood is being affected by the partial federal government shutdown. ...more
Charleston to Open Warming Centers Sunday and Monday
01/18/2019
The city of Charleston, with the help of local agencies, will open two warming centers this weekend in anticipation of temperatures that may dip into the single digits...more
West Virginia looking at a weather mess in the coming days
01/18/2019
West Virginia’s weather is going to be a slushy mess from now through Monday....more
WV Weather News this Week
01/11/2019
Snow coming, gusty winds knock out power to thousands......more
Resolve to be Ready in 2019!
01/03/2019
Make Preparedness one of your New Year's Resolution...more
Choose a New Year’s Resolution that can Help You and Others
01/03/2019
Fill your new year with kindness and volunteer at least one day in 2019! ...more
Toy Safety Holiday tips
12/19/2018
December is Safe Toys and Gifts month, so before you buy check out these toy safety tips!...more
Preparedness GIFT Ideas
12/14/2018
Can't think of the perfect gift for that person that has everything? Give them the gift of PREPAREDNESS! ...more
Holiday Shopping and Travel Tips
12/17/2018
Prepping for the Holidays can be hectic! It can be quite overwhelming. Check out tips to help make your holiday less stressful and safe. ...more
Put a FREEZE on Winter Fires
12/12/2018
Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. ...more
Dec. 3-7 named Winter Weather Awareness Week
11/30/2018
The National Weather Service along with the WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have designated Dec. 3-7 as Winter Weather Awareness Week....more
National Flood Insurance Program Claims Made Easier
11/28/2018
Check out the upcoming webinars to learn about the NEW Claims Processs. ...more
National Realtors Association Disaster Relief Fund
11/27/2018
provides assistance to needy victims of disasters (including, but not limited to affected relief and rescue workers), and their families, with housing-related needs....more
Winter Weather Storm WARNING for Eastern WV
11/14/2018
IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM THURSDAY TO 4 AM EST FRIDAY... ...more
ASP Works to Build Latest RISE Home
11/13/2018
Construction is underway for one of the latest homes built under the RISE Program....more
Join Us As We Celebrate Veterans and Military Families this Month!
11/11/2018
This Sunday, November 11, the Nation celebrates Veterans Day....more
NEW Youth Preparedness Resources
11/08/2018
Check out these resources to help children and your youth program to prepare for and cope with disasters. ...more
Polling Places Move Past Power Outages
11/07/2018
All 1,759 polling places in West Virginia were up and operating by midday Tuesday, even after early morning storms, according to the Secretary of State’s Office....more
Celebrate Military Family Appreciation Month
11/05/2018
take time to recognize and support our military families accross the nation. ...more
Change your Clock, Change your Batteries
11/01/2018
This weekend, November 4th, will be time to turn your clocks back......more
WV Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Volunteer WV deploy personnel for Hurricane Michael Recovery
10/31/2018
In response to a request for aid from Volunteer Florida and the Florida Emergency Management Agency......more
Stay Safe this Halloween
10/26/2018
Halloween is just around the corner! Whether you’re lighting a jack-o-lantern or making costumes, use these tips to make your Halloween safe and fun....more
National Drug Take Back Day - Saturday, October 27
10/23/2018
...provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths....more
Dollar General to help rebuild library lost in June 2016 Flood
10/18/2018
It's been two years since the June 2016 flood struck the Elk River Area, which forced Clendenin Elementary School to merge with Bridge Elementary School....more
Star City VFD’s Disaster Response Team deploys
10/17/2018
...helps victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida....more
West Virginia American Water Conducts Tabletop Exercises
10/09/2018
West Virginia American Water completed a series of tabletop exercises last week simulating responses to source water contamination events affecting its systems....more
News Around the State
10/04/2018
Severe Weather, Clean up, Travel, etc......more
National Emergency Alert System Test on Oct. 3, 2018
10/02/2018
The National EAS and WEA test will be held on October 3, 2018, beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT....more
Great American Shake Out!
10/15/2018
2018 International ShakeOut day is October 18, when millions of people worldwide will hold earthquake drills in schools, organizations, communities, and households at 10:18 a.m. local time. ...more
Cyber Security Awareness Month
10/01/2018
The theme for the first week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), October 1-5, is Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety. ...more
September is National Preparedness Month, Week 3 - Check your Coverage
09/18/2018
Consider buying or reviewing insurance coverage that protects you, your family or business during a disaster. ...more
Florence threatens heavy rain for West Virginia
09/16/2018
The forecast for West Virginia calls for about 2 to 4 inches of rainfall concentrated over the West Virginia mountains and mainly on the eastern slopes and into the Eastern Panhandle....more
How You Can Help Disaster Survivors
09/16/2018
In the wake of disaters, Americans have always come together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors of Hurricane Florence. There are many ways that you can help survivors and ensure that an individual contribution....more
West Virginia State Parks offering discount on all accommodations as part of Hurricane Florence Response
09/12/2018
Gov. Jim Justice announced as part of the State of Preparedness for Hurricane Florence that all State Parks will be offering a 55 percent discount......more
Gov. Justice Issues Statement on Patriot Day - Sept. 11
09/11/2018
In honor of Patriot Day and remembrance of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, Gov. Jim Justice issued the following statement. “The events from 9/11 have changed all of us forever,” ...more
Gov. Justice issues State of Preparedness in advance of Hurricane Florence
09/11/2018
Today Gov. Jim Justice has issued a State of Preparedness in advance of Hurricane Florence which is expected to hit the Eastern Seaboard later this week....more
Gov. Justice Issues Statement on Hurricane Florence Preparations
09/10/2018
"All West Virginians need to prepare immediately for the potential impact Hurricane Florence may bring to the Mountain State," said Governor Jim Justice. "West Virginians should continue to monitor local weather forecasts, reports and information......more
Weather Warnings for WV
09/10/2018
Flood warnings in parts of West Virginia...more
September is National Preparedness Month!
09/04/2018
This year’s theme is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week in September will highlight a different preparedness action....more
Beat the Heat
08/02/2018
Stay safe as summer heats up. Prepare yourself for the high temperatures...more
July 4th Fireworks Safety
07/03/2018
Fireworks are fun and beautiful, but they are also dangerous if not handled properly....more
Prescription Drug TakeBack Day!
04/26/2018
Take you OLD presecription drugs back to a safe place near you this Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10am to 2pm. Click link to see locations near you....more
The NEW West Virginia Pets in Disaster Task Force Needs Your Help!
06/01/2018
Learn about and Volunteer with the newly formed West Virgnia Pets Task Force, helping animals during disasters. ...more
Mandatory Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System to be Conducted September 27
09/24/2017
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on September 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm EDT. ...more
Get Your Pets Ready During National Pet Preparedness Month
06/05/2017
June marks National Pet Preparedness Month and is a perfect opportunity for you to learn how to plan for your pet’s safety during an emergency event....more
Grilling Fire Safety Tips
07/03/2017
Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time for barbecues, picnics, and fun in the sun. While summer usually means vacations, there is no vacation from fire safety. ...more
CNCS - Disaster Services Update
04/29/2016
Since March, record flooding has devastated parts of the South, including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. Thousands of residents have evacuated and major roadways closed. ...more
Governor Tomblin Announces Emergency Funding For Webster County Memorial Hospital
07/30/2015
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (July 30, 2015) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the awarding of $50,000 in crisis grant funding to Webster County Memorial Hospital to assist with infrastructure repairs following severe flooding earlier this month. ...more
Emergency Alerts - a mesage from Ready.gov
09/19/2013
National Preparedness Month isn't just about preparing a kit or preparing your family. It's also about being aware of the many channels for emergency alerts and knowing how to react. ...more
September is National Preparedness Month
09/04/2013
This September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). NPM, now in its tenth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign encouraging households, businesses, and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. ...more
Fireworks Safety
06/12/2013
“ANY fireworks-type materials are dangerous,” states Acting State Fire Marshal Anthony Carrico. “Even sparklers can burn hot enough to melt gold and cause third-degree burns. Basically, there is no such thing as safe fireworks. ...more
811 - Pipeline Safety Campaign Begins!
06/10/2013
Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences. ...more
See New Trainings Posted on ReadyWV!
06/07/2013
Please remember to look at the Trainings and Events posted on ReadyWV website! Also, you can have your trainings, drills, exercises, or events posted on the ReadyWV website, by contacting Gina.L.Namay@wv.gov ...more
FEMA CALLS FOR 2013 INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS AWARDS SUBMISSIONS
05/15/2013
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce the application period for the 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open....more
WV511 - Know Before You Go!
01/10/2013
West Virginia 511 provides free, real-time traffic information, including congestion, crashes, construction, lane closures, road conditions and severe weather information on all of West Virginia’s interstates and other major highways. ...more
West Virginia Fire Departments Need Your Help!
09/14/2012
Every year, fire departments in the United States respond to more than 350,000 home fires.....fire-related injuries might have been prevented if the victims had received fire safety tips, installed working smoke alarms or practiced an escape plan....more
Ninth Annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) Encourages West Virginians to Pledge to Prepare
09/04/2012
Since 2004, September has been designated as National Preparedness Month (NPM) to encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies....more
Williamsburg Volunteer Response Team Helps Community during Derecho Storm
08/01/2012
Like everyone else in Greenbrier County, the Williamsburg area was struck by strong storms and high winds during the evening of June 29, 2012. Trees were uprooted. Roads were blocked.......more
GOVERNOR TOMBLIN DECLARES STATEWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY
06/29/2012
Governor announces statewide emergency due to storms and extreme tempatures that have affected the state....more
Grilling and Fire Pit Safety
06/26/2012
Every year Americans look forward to summer vacations, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to outdoor cooking and recreational fires....more
FEMA Urges Preparedness for Hurricanes and Severe Weather
05/30/2012
Hurricane Season begins June 1, 2012, FEMA is providing additional tools for federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officials to alert and warn the public about severe weather....more
In Preparing for Disasters, Don't Forget Fido
05/17/2012
If you are one of the many West Virginians with a cat, dog, other pet or service animal, now is a good time to start planning for what to do with your furry or feathered friend in the event of a future disaster....more
Fire Safety for People with Disabilities
03/22/2012
For years, West Virginia has been a state with one of the highest fire death rates in the United States. Typically, high risk populations include people with disabilities, older adults, and very young children....more
New FEMA-AmeriCorps Partnership Strengthens Response, Recovery Efforts Following Disasters
03/14/2012
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced an innovative new partnership designed to continue...more
National Flood Safety Awareness Week March 12-16, 2012
03/09/2012
Find out what you can do to prepare yourself and your community in the event of a flooding incident in your town by learning more about the important tools and resources that FEMA offers which you may utilize before, during and after a flood....more
FEMA campaign: Resolve to be Ready in 2012!!
12/15/2011
FEMA Kicks Off Campaign to Encourage Americans to Resolve to be Ready in 2012...more
2011 Citizen Corps Program Highlights
12/14/2011
West Virginia Citizen Corps, a program of Volunteer West Virginia, helped citizens prepare for emergencies in numerous ways in 2011. Below is a sampling of some of the program’s accomplishments in the past year....more
Outstanding Volunteers Honored for Impact at National Service Conference
06/14/2011
The Corporation for National and Community Service presented nine outstanding volunteer programs and participants with the Service Impact Award at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans. ...more
CERT in Action!!!
06/07/2011
Stories of how CERTs have participated in emergency response and other public safety activities....more
FEMA, Red Cross and Ad Council Launch NEW Ready Business PSAS to urge small Businesses to prepare in advance of an emergency
06/06/2011
Up to forty percent of businesses affected by a natural or man-made major disaster never reopen...more
Preparing for a Hurricane
05/26/2011
PREPARING FOR A HURRICANE Learn the facts about a hurricane. Learn how to be prepared and be safe - before, during and after a hurricane. ...more
"Disability Prepared" wants Your Best Practices
03/31/2011
You can now contribute your own expertise and experiences to help decrease the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations. How? Get involved with the new interactive website......more
Who Needs Flood Insurance?
03/31/2011
As spring flooding season approaches, the Region III office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds everyone to include a key ingredient in their household’s flood safety plan—flood insurance. ...more
CERT Basic Training Updates Announced by FEMA
03/17/2011
FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) National Program Office is pleased to announce the release of updated materials for the CERT Basic Training course....more
White House Press Release
11/17/2010
President Obama Signs Executive Order to Implement Reform Recommendations of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships...more
October is National Information/Cyber Security Month
10/05/2010
On October 5, 2010 dynamic presentations, delivered by world-class experts in the areas of cyber threats, on effective practices to safeguard computer information...will take place at the West Virginia Culture Center from 9am - 3pm....more
Seventh Annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2010 helps West Virginians take steps toward becoming prepared
09/03/2010
Floods, winter storms, wildfires and earthquakes - no matter what Mother Nature has in store, preparing ahead of time can mitigate nastier surprises, speed recovery, and reduce losses. Preparing for an emergency can be a simple and realistic goal. ...more
Safe America - 9/11 Drill Down for Safety
06/10/2010
West Virginia First Lady, Gayle Manchin, joins the Safe America Foundation as spokesperson for the second annual 9/11 Drill Down For Safety, to raise awareness on the need for emergency preparedness...more
Flood Insurance
03/17/2010
FEMA and NOAA have produced an interactive flood map. Check out this new resource and additional information about FEMA's Flood Insurance Program. ...more
Prepare for Spring Flooding
03/15/2010
With the recent heavy snowfall across much of West Virginia, the approaching spring season has turned our attention to the potential for flooding. ...more
Governor encourages residents to be vigilant about potential flooding
03/15/2010
Gov. Joe Manchin today authorized the West Virginia National Guard as a precaution to potential flooding. Guard members will be stationed in areas where flooding may occur, in the Potomac Basin and along the Ohio River. ...more
Resolve to be Ready in 2010
12/09/2009
For many, the New Year is a time for making resolutions and goals for the year to come. Spend more time with the family, lose 10 pounds, exercise more and reduce debt are resolutions that appear on many of our lists......more
First Lady Encourages West Virginians to Be Ready for Emergencies
09/17/2009
To mark National Preparedness Month this year, First Lady Gayle Manchin, along with statewide partners, announced the launch of ReadyWV, a campaign to help West Virginians prepare for emergencies....more
Preparing Your Family for Emergencies Includes Your Pets
09/11/2009
If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Preparing yourself and your pets is an important step to take before disaster strikes....more
Are you ready or are you Ready?
09/11/2009
While you may think you have everything you need in the event of an emergency on hand and could wing it on the fly, you might not be as prepared as you think you are....more
Get Ready and Get Involved For National Preparedness Month
09/11/2009
Article from Rebecca Marquis with the Ready Campaign....more
Preparedness Tip of the Day!
09/09/2009
Organize and practice a family fire drill -- make sure your children know what your smoke detector sounds like and what to do if it goes off when they are sleeping....more
FEMA releases new disasaster housing information
09/02/2009
FEMA releases new disaster housing assistance information....more
National Preparedness Month
09/01/2009
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today marked the beginning of the sixth annual National Preparedness Month......more
National Preparedness Month Coalition
06/19/2009
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that more than 1,200 national, regional, tribal, state and local businesses and organizations have pledged their support and joined the 2009 National Preparedness Month (NPM) Coalition...more
Parents Encouraged to Find Out About School Emergency Plans
09/08/2009
For many families, school is back in session this month. But students shouldn’t be the only ones with homework. The West Virginia Citizen Corps program is encouraging parents to become familiar with their child’s school emergency plan. ...more
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