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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
Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes Webinar
The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1. ...participate in a hurricane preparedness webinar. On Tuesday, May 8, learn innovations in preparedness that you can implement in your community. ...more
WV "Tap to Talk" Technology wins a FEMA ICPD AWARD!
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards....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
Sound the Alarm! Red Cross Campaign
The Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don't have them, and by educating people about home fire safety....more
Plan for Your Financial Future
Start planning for your financial future and learn about managing your money and creating a budget. Begin a Rainy Day Fund by saving a small amount of your monthly income, in case of an emergency. ...more
PREP Talks!
PrepTalks are given by subject-matter experts and thought leaders to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now and over the next 20 years....more
2018 AmeriCorps Week - Getting Things Done!
AmeriCorps Week is a celebration of all things AmeriCorps – the people and programs who have committed to "Get Things Done" in thousands of locations across the country since the program’s inception in 1994....more
3 Ways to Make a Difference During Red Cross Month
Every March, the American Red Cross recognizes our country’s everyday heroes who give their time to help people in need. The heroic efforts of their workers and volunteers provide shelter, food, and emotional support during emergencies and disasters. ...more
Voluntary Organizations Brave Winter Weather to build NEW Homes for Flood Survivors
Even during snow and ice storms in many parts of the state, West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) and its member agencies are working in several counties to build new homes for survivors of the June 2016 flood....more
Flood Preparedness, Not only for Springtime
Flooding is a nationwide threat to the United States and its territories throughout the year, especially here in West Virginia with its mountainouse terrain, creeks and rivers. ...more
WV Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
From muck outs and debris removal, to rebuilding homes and bridges, to donating materials and labor, see ALL the great work that WV VOAD member organizations are doing to help families in West Virginia recover from disaster! ...more
Resolve to BE READY in 2018!
Make it easy on yourself in 2018. Resolve to be ready with Do 1 Thing. It will help you take small steps each month to be better prepared, and can make a BIG difference in an emergency....more
Planes, Trains and Automobiles -A Holiday Survival Guide
Whether traveling by train, plane or car, AARP's travel guide will help you stay stay calm and carry on!...more
Holiday Shopping Tips from STOP.THINK.CONNECT.
Scammers and spammers view the holidays as a golden opportunity to take advantage of unsuspecting online shoppers...luring shoppers to malicious websites, with the goal of collecting financial and personal information. Check out these TIPS to stay safe...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
Gov. Justice proclaims Dec. 4-8 as Winter Weather Awareness Week
West Virginia is vulnerable to various types of winter weather, including extremely cold temperatures, dangerous wind chills, ice storms, snowstorms and freezing rain. Learn how you can be prepared!...more
NEW Rise WV funding to help those impacted by June 2016 Flood
The state has been granted $149 million from HUD. Homeowners impacted by the June 2016 flood can apply for grants to help with recovery rebuilds. See full article for details. ...more
Halloween Safety Tips!
Remember to be SAFE on Halloween while trick-or-treating. See Cleveland Clinic's safety tips. ...more
When is Best Time to Get Flu Shot
Each flu season is a new adventure for public health experts, since the viruses that cause the flu are always changing....more
How You Can Help After a Disaster
The fastest way to help the survivors of the hurricanes and wildfires, whether through financial donation or personal volunteerism, is through a trusted organization....more
West Virginians, FEMA Determination Letter Not Always The Final Word
If you’re a survivor of the West Virginia severe storms & flooding of July 28-29, 2017 and get a letter that says your application for federal assistance is “ineligible” or “incomplete,” be sure to read the letter to find out why. ...more
Remaining Disaster Recovery Center to Close, FEMA Continues to Help
The remaining State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center serving West Virginians in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties will close 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29, BUT registrations are open until Oct. 17, 2017....more
September is National Preparedness Month - Practice and Build Out Your Plans
As National Preparedness Month is recognized annually in September, this month also serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year. ...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
September 21 Deadline to File Disaster Unemployment Assistance
The deadline is Sept. 21 to file Disaster Unemployment Assistance by those who reside or work in Harrison, Marshall, Wetzel and Marion counties....more
Hurricanes Irma and Harvey - How You Can Help
The compassion of the American people is evident in their response by volunteering hours to support shelters and preparedness efforts. Learn best ways to help....more
HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS
The State of Texas is asking volunteers to not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders....more
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers OPEN! Free Legal Aid Hotline!
People who sustained damage due to late July storms in the flood declared counties: Harrison, Marion, Marshall, and Wetzel, are urged to register with FEMA to report their damage - as they may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance....more
State to Hold Briefings for West Virginia Public Disaster Assistance Applicants
The state has announced a schedule of six briefings for West Virginia applicants for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program following the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017....more
Governor Justice Secures Federal Disaster Assistance for West Virginia
President Donald J. Trump has granted a request from Governor Jim Justice and issued a disaster declaration to help areas of West Virginia hit by the July 28-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides....more
Are Your Solar Eclipse Glasses Safe
If you are planning to view the solar eclipse, do so safely with eclipse glasses and solar viewers that meet the international safety standard. Consider products marked with ISO 12312-2, which means they meet the international safety standard. ...more
WVFLOOD How you can Help!
Learn how you can help those who were impacted by the July 28-29, 2017 floods in northern West Virginia. ...more
Governor Declares State of Emergency in Northern Part of State
Gov. Jim Justice has expanded a State of Emergency declaration for portions of the Northern Panhandle and North Central West Virginia due to heavy rainfall that has caused significant flooding in those areas....more
Warning Signs of Heat-Related Illness
HEAT can take a toll on your body before you know it! Learn the Warning Signs of Heat-Related Illness from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before your next summer event. ...more
Beat the Heat!
Summer is a time for enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. But it's important to keep in mind that hot weather can be dangerous if proper precautions aren't taken...more
Red Cross Issues Safety Tips For 4th of July Holiday
It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, a backyard barbecue, maybe a trip to the beach. Whatever people have planned, the American Red Cross wants them to enjoy their holiday and has steps they can follow to be safe....more
Governor Seeks Statewide Nominations for Volunteer Awards
Volunteer West Virginia announces that nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards. The state’s most prestigious volunteer awards honors individuals and organizations who roll up their sleeves to solve community problems....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
Federal AmeriCorps Agency Selected for National Disaster Award
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, was selected as the National VOAD Partner of the Year....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
Mosquito Proof Your Home!
It’s never too early to begin the process of creating a mosquito-proof property. Take steps to make your yard less inviting to mosquitoes, and make sure they don’t have easy access to the inside of your home....more
Older Americans & Cybersecurity
Americans young and old are using the Internet and mobile devices on a daily basis. This increased connectivity has many advantages, but it also presents a unique set of risks for people over 65. Learn how you can protect yourself. ...more
Volunteer Opportunities! WV Flood, Earth Day, & Others
West Virginia is getting a Whole Lotta Love this summer from our state's dedicated volunteers. See what volunteer opportunities await for you. Check it out and Join the LOVE! ...more
VOLUNTEERS Needed for EMERGENCY Exercise!!!
Volunteers needed for the full scale Bioterrorism Emergency Exericise conducted by the Kanawha-Charleston & Boone County Health Departments....more
Disaster Response NEWS from National Service
Through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, the Corporation for National and Community Service helps communities across the nation prepare, respond, and recover from natural and man-made disasters....more
Winter Storm Warning
National Weather Service announces Winter Storm Warning for Central and Northern West Virginia mountains....more
FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council
FEMA is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply to be considered for appointment. APPLICATIONS due March 15, 2017. ...more
Volunteering in WV - It's just a way of Life!
Volunteer West Virginia's mission challenges West Virignians to strenghen their communities through service and volunteerism. Their programs help people of all ages make transformative decisions and give back to the communities they love. ...more
Winter Prep for your Car!
According to the Department of Transportation, 22% of all vehicle crashes in the U.S. are due to severe weather such as rain, snow, sleet and ice. So, prepare your car for treacherous conditions and extremely cold temperatures....more
Give the GIFT of Preparedness!
Check out these Emergency Preparedness Gift Ideas for this Holiday Season....more
Winter Storms - Be Prepared!
Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Take steps now to be prepared, BEFORE winter weather takes you by surprise....more
New Flu Information for 2016-2017
For the 2016-2017 season, CDC recommends use of the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2016-2017....more
Stand by your Pan! -- Fire Safety Tips
Cooking has long been and continues to be the most common cause of home structure fires and home fire-related injuries. Whether preparing for a family dinner or a quick snack, practicing safe cooking behaviors can help keep you and your family safe...more
Attn: Flood Survivors - Demolition and Debris Removal Program Application
​Homeowners whose residences were damaged beyond repair and left uninhabitable by June’s severe storms and floods, have until Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, to apply for demolition and debris removal programs on their private property....more
Getting a Flu Shot, Why it's Important
"Flu season" in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. An annual seasonal flu vaccination is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get or spread the flu. ...more
Every Day Steps Towards Online Safety
Throughout the month of October, the US Dept. of Homeland Security, along with the National Cyber Security Alliance, will call on all Americans to take basic steps to secure their online lives and raise awareness for cybersecurity....more
Get Your Mind in the Gutters! - Fall Home Prep Tips
As the season cools and leaves begin to fall, take time to prepare your home for the winter weather. ...more
Today is the National Day of Action! - Get Prepared Today
America's PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness! ...more
West Virginia Realtors Flood Relief Grants
Announcing the West Virginia Realtors Flood Relief Grant Application for rental assistance and mortgage payments. The deadline to submit is Oct 31st. See full article for link to application. ...more
Other Sources for Flood Assistance
Not all survivors qualify for FEMA assistance; others qualify for some aid, but for less than what they need. Where can these survivors turn for help? Whom can they call? Where can they go?...more
Governor Tomblin Calls Special Session to Address Flood Costs
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced an extraordinary session of the State Legislature to address the state’s share of costs associated with flooding that devastated West Virginia in June of this year....more
FEMA, SBA continue recovery efforts for West Virginia storm survivors
Although the deadline for registering for individual financial assistance from FEMA has passed, the recovery continues and FEMA disaster recovery specialists remain on the scene...more
September is National Preparedness Month
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
What West Virginians Should Expect After FEMA Registration
After disaster survivors have registered for federal disaster assistance, FEMA will ask them to provide information on disaster damage, proof of identity and residence, insurance and other documentation, to determine eligibility....more
Every West Virginia disaster applicant has the right to appeal
If you registered for help from FEMA and got a letter (often called a “determination letter”), you may want to appeal the decision made regarding your application for federal assistance. ...more
RISE West Virginia Mini-Grants for Small Businesses
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin created RISE West Virginia in response to critical needs in the small business community resulting from the devastating floods of June 2016. ...more
Governor Tomblin's Request for Registration Deadline Extension Granted by FEMA
Residents in counties affected by June flooding now have until September 7 to file for individual assistance....more
Federal aid tops $94 million with two weeks left to apply to FEMA, SBA
West Virginia residents who were affected by the June 2016 floods have until August 24 to register for federal disaster assistance (FEMA), as well as file a physical disaster loan application with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). ...more
FEMA Offers Advice at Local Stores on Repairing, Rebuilding
As West Virginians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by last month’s storms, the FEMA and five local hardware/home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips on making homes stronger and safer....more
Free Disaster Legal Services Available
If you were affected by the June storms and have legal questions about repair contracts, working with contractors, replacing wills and other legal documents, you might be eligible to get free legal counseling from a group of West Virginia lawyers....more
Disaster Assistance tops $28 million for West Virginia storm survivors
Disaster assistance grants approved for homeowners and renters affected by last month’s severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides, has reached more than $28 million......more
West Virginia storm survivors should ‘stay in touch’ with FEMA
West Virginia homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraged by recovery officials to “stay in touch” with the agency after they have applied for assistance....more
FEMA Offers Free Repair, Rebuild Information Sessions at Local Stores
As West Virginians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by last month’s storms, floods, landslides and mudslides, FEMA and local hardware and home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information......more
Governor Tomblin Announces State Assistance in Place at FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced representatives from a number of state agencies are now stationed at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers... ...more
Online Volunteer Registration Launched For 2016 WV Flood
Volunteers wishing to help with flood response and recovery can register online at www.volunteerwv.org At this time, volunteers are asked not to self-deploy and to stay at home for their own safety....more
WV VOAD Nationally Recognized for BRIDGE Project!
West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) was awarded the 2016 Innovative Project of the Year by the National VOAD in recognition for the WV VOAD Bridge Project and its impact on WV communities. ...more
KC Ready - Kanawha County Metro 911 rolls out New MOBILE APP!
Emergencies are unpredictable and you never know where you may be when a disaster strikes. Kanawha County has created an emergency app for citizens to access critical information where they are. ...more
HOT off the PRESS! Spring Into Summer Preparedness!
Want to know what Essential Oils will keep the bugs away? Want to see who in your neighborhood has been getting prepared for disasters? Learn Travel Saftey tips and more!...more
Going Camping - Essential Oils Can Help Keep the Bugs Away!
Camping season is here! Whether you’ll actually be camping this summer or just spending a lot of time outdoors, essential oils can really come in handy for first aid treatment....more
'Do not drink’ advised for Vienna water after EPA issues C8 guidance
Three West Virginia communities are changing their water sources after the federal Environmental Protection Agency released Thursday a new national standard for C8, a chemical that for years contaminated the drinking water of Wood County communities......more
FEMA and NOAA Encourage Preparedness for the 2016 Hurricane Season
FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are continuing their partnership to increase public awareness of the hazards posed by hurricanes and the steps we can all take to be better prepared....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
Join us for America's PrepareAthon - a National Day of Action!
On Saturday, April 30, individuals and communities across the United States will take action to prepare for emergencies. You and your family are invited to participate in this grassroots effort for preparedness action. ...more
National Flood Insurance Rate Change - Effective April 1, 2016!
FEMA, through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), provides the opportunity for homeowners, renters, and businesses to purchase flood insurance for financial protection against flooding....more
Outdoor burning restrictions begin Sunday
The state Division of Forestry says outside burning will be restricted during the annual spring forest fire season which begins Sunday and runs through May 31. ...more
Red Cross and Dunbar firefighters install free smoke detectors in Dunbar
In 2016 alone 15 people died in house fires in West Virginia. Several of those homes had no working smoke detectors. Dunbar firefighters say you have less than two minutes to escape a burning house alive....more
State Confirms First Case of Zika Virus
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health (BPH) today received laboratory confirmation of the State’s first case of the Zika virus. ...more
WV VOAD - Mission and Membership
West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (WV VOAD): What is it and Who who can participate? ...more
ServCon Coming to Wheeling! February 23, 2016
Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and more are packing their bags and heading to Wheeling. Over twenty service-year programs will be recruiting at the first ever West Virginia ServeCon event at Wheeling Jesuit University on February 23rd. ...more
WINTER FLOOD PREPARATION TIPS
Typically, we worry about flooding during the spring rains. However, wintery precipitation can make us vulnerable to flooding as snow and ice melts. Learn what YOU CAN DO to PREPARE BEFORE to prevent flooding, and what to do during and after a flood....more
Governor Declares State of Emergency - Winter Storm
As heavy snow fronts move in across the state, Gov. Tomblin has declared a statewide State of Emergency, activating state resources to respond to winter weather conditions and ensure the safety of West Virginians. ...more
Governor Tomblin Issues Statewide STATE OF PREPAREDNESS for Upcoming Winter Storm
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a statewide State of Preparedness, mobilizing state resources to help keep West Virginians safe during the severe winter weather predicted to be part of Winter Storm Jonas....more
Winter Weather HEALTH Advisory
During any heavy snow storm, the potential exists for power outages. Now is the time to ensure residents know how to be safe for the winter storm and know what to do if there is a loss of electrical power. ...more
Get Ready. Farmer's Almanac Releases its Winter Outlook
While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives....more
Resolve to be READY in 2016!
Make preparedness one of your New Year’s resolution! ReadyWV encourages ALL West Virginia residents to Resolve to be Ready in 2016. ...more
Prepper Gift Ideas!
Looking for last minute gift ideas? Check out these prepper gifts!...more
Winterize Your Vehicle
You may have prepared your home for winter weather; now it’s time to prepare your car. Seasonal changes also mean changes to your emergency supply kit....more
Disaster Case Managers URGENTLY Needed!
West Virginia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster is looking for Disaster Case Managers to help with recovery efforts in southern West Virginia. Many residents impacted by recent storms are still struggling to recover from damage to their homes....more
Monroe County Health Department CERT to Recieve Governor's Service Award
Enthusiasm and dedication characterize the volunteer service of the members of the Monroe County Health Department Community Emergency Response Team that has been selected as recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Service Award....more
WV VOAD to Receive 2015 Governor's Service Award
Compassion, enthusiasm and dedication characterize the volunteer service of West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) who have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Service Award....more
Volunteer Role Players Needed! September 16
HELP the WV Department of Administration, the WV Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department to exercise their emergency medical dispense response capabilities. ...more
Volunteer Role-Players Needed August 24-27 at Camp Dawson!
Get PAID, Have FUN, and CONTRIBUTE to the readiness of our Nation's Homeland Security! ...more
WV Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster - Newsletter
West Virgina Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (WVVOAD) has just launched its NEW newsletter. Learn about WVVOAD's latest disaster response and recovery efforts throughout West Virignia! ...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
Governor Tomblin Declares State of Emergency in Braxton, Webster and Wood Counties
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today declared a State of Emergency in Braxton, Webster and Wood counties, mobilizing state resources to combat severe flooding following heavy rainfall Sunday night and Monday morning....more
Pennsylvania Presbyterian and Methodist Churches Unite to Support West Virginia Families
Congregation members from First Presbyterian Church and Community United Methodist Church (from Irwin, PA) joined together to volunteer with WV VOAD and the Mingo County Long Term Recovery Group to repair homes damaged by flooding....more
Ohio Youth Group Repairs Wayne County Mobile Home Damaged by Flood
A United Church of Christ (UCC) youth group from Ohio volunteered with West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and the Mingo County Long Term Recovery Group to repair a Wayne County mobile home damaged by March flooding...more
Grilling Fire Safety Tips
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
Virtual Tabletop Exercise Programs Available at Emergency Management Institute
FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers a variety of Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) programs that are designed for a community based group of at least ten or more personnel from state, local, tribal, or territorial emergency management...more
ReadyWV Joins America’s PrepareAthon Day of Action
West Virginia residents can participate today’s America’s PrepareAthon Day of Action by downloading a new mobile phone application from FEMA which makes emergency information readily accessible at any time. DOWNLOAD the FEMA App today!...more
America's PrepareAthon! - Spring 2015
America’s PrepareAthon! (AP) is a national, grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. ...more
Flood Safety Tips
"April showers bring may flowers!" Spring rains and melting snow can create excess water run-off that can quickly cause rivers and creeks to rise, floods, and mudlsides. Read about ways you can be prepared for potential flooding....more
Emergency Response Continues In Aftermath Of Train Derailment
Emergency crews remained at the scene of a train derailment in Fayette County Tuesday afternoon a day after the fiery wreck that that sent towering flames an estimated 300 feet into the air......more
West Virginia Disaster Corps Deploys to Mingo County
From Sunday, January 11 to Wednesday January 14 six AmeriCorps members deployed as part of a new disaster response initiative!!...more
A Special Message from Gwen Camp, Director of FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division
This year we faced a wide range of challenges together, including wildfires, floods, mudslides, tornadoes, and severe snow storms. But in the face of these disasters, communities responded by working together......more
Frozen Water Pipes
During extreme cold temperatures, one of the most serious threats to your home is frozen water pipes. ...approximately a quarter-million homes and offices have at least one room damaged by a frozen pipe each year. ...more
Winter Pet Protection
In many parts of the country, winter can prove dangerous for four-legged family members. Taking extra precautions during winter months can ensure your pets stay happy and healthy when the temperatures plummet. ...more
Marshall University and ReadyWV Preparedness Campaign
Congratulations to the winner of the Marshall Ticket & ReadyWV Emergency Kit Giveaway!!...more
Shop Safe!
As the holiday season approaches, many customers who want to avoid long lines and crowds in stores may prefer online shopping to complete their gift lists. While the Internet offers convenience......more
Halloween Fire Safety
While Halloween in many areas is a festive time, it does come with fire hazards. By following some simple safety tips you can ensure a safe Halloween for you and your family....more
Prevent Home Fires
Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from fire. Common causes of fires at night are carelessly discarded cigarettes, sparks from fireplaces without spark screens or glass doors, and heating appliances......more
Governor's Message: National Preparedness Month
In September, West Virginians joined more than 14 million Americans across the country to participate in preparedness events as part of this year's National Preparedness Month and National PrepareAthon Day. ...more
FEMA Unveils National Strategy to Strengthen Youth Preparedness
Ad Council, FEMA and Disney launch “Big Hero 6” PSAs to Encourage Emergency Preparedness for Kids... ...more
FEMA News Release
FEMA Region III Promotes Action for America’s PrepareAthon! “Anyone and everyone can make the choice to be informed and be better prepared,” said FEMA Region III Administrator MaryAnn Tierney,...more
September is National Preparedness Month!
Are you ready for an emergency - floods, severe weather, power outages, etc.? Are you ready to protect your family, neighbors, and co-workers during a disaster? September is Preparedness Month. ...more
Rural Readiness!
...farms and fields can be vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards. Floods can damage crops and make them inedible. Large isolated barns and silos may be particularly vulnerable to lightning, and by extension, fire. ...more
Fireworks Safety!
Summer celebrations are coming up and West Virginians will be busy with cookouts, family reunions and community parades. Unfortunately, celebrations can quickly turn to tragedy... ...more
Continue with Disaster Training - Funding Opportunity!!
All communities around the U.S. have an obligation to be as disaster-ready as possible, and citizens of these communities work every day to achieve this goal. This year, FEMA has released a funding opportunity... ...more
National Disaster Resilience Competition
Climate change is no longer a distant threat; heat waves, hurricanes, and flooding have become more frequent and more severe. This means now more than ever it is time to take extra steps to protect, prepare, and preserve communities... ...more
Your Actions can Save Lives!
Are you cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or automated external defibrillator (AED) trained? If not, here’s your chance! June 1 - 7 is the National CPR and AED Awareness Week...more
ReadyWV Encourages Older Americans to be Prepared for Emergencies
Each May, the nation celebrates Older Americans Month . This year, the focus is on injury prevention with the theme “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.” ...more
Video: Pet Prep Event in Charleston a Success!
"Go Bag" for pets were handed out with the first 20 adoptions at the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association during the April 26th Pet Preparedness Event....more
Video: Charleston Pet Prep Event Success!
"Go Bag" for pets were handed out with the first 20 adoptions at the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association during the April 26th Pet Preparedness Event....more
April 22 is Earth Day!! Think GREEN Preparedness
April 22, 2014 is Earth Day; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ready Campaign are teaming up to highlight the importance of Green Preparedness and Green Recovery practices....more
Pet Prep Event
Your emergency bag is ready to grab and go, but what about your pet? April is Pet Preparedness Month. Volunteer West Virginia is partnering with the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association for a Pet Preparedness Event on April 26 from noon until 5pm. ...more
FEMA Region III Promotes Pet Preparedness in April
The goal of the Petpared Initiative is to increase the number of citizens who understand the hazards that are most relevant to their family and pets; know the corresponding protective actions to take......more
Flood Insurance 101!
It’s National Flood Awareness Week (March 16 – 22)! Taking action to prepare for flood hazards is important no matter where you live but especially if you are in low-laying areas or near water. ...more
8 STEP Process for Taking Inventory of your Personal/Business Property
Prepare for emergencies/disasters by documenting personal property and/or business assets. If your items are documented, there is no time wasted and will help get you back to normal faster. ...more
How Do You Ensure You Have Proper Water Supplies in an Emergency
Water is an essential element to survival and a necessary item in an emergency supplies kit. Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised through contamination. ...more
FEMA SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment. ...more
Holiday Fire Safety
With the winter holidays coming up, one of the best gifts you can give your family is a safe home in which to celebrate the season. ...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
New Grassroots Campaign to Increase Community Preparedness
The growing impact of disasters underscores the need for a new approach to preparing our communities. Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) unveiled America’s PrepareAthon! ...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
Home Oxygen Safety
It is important for people using home medical oxygen and for their caregivers to practice oxygen safety. It is a necessary task to prevent injury to the oxygen user. ...more
The Biggest Loser Run/Walk Race Series - Charleston, WV
Volunteers of ALL kinds needed for 5K/10K/1 Mile Fun Run in Charleston, WV. Handout water, be a medical volunteer, help with preparations the day before handing out t-shirts, stuffing goodie bags, etc. ...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
CERT Trainings - Spring 2013
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area......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
Federal Aid Programs for the State of West Virginia Emergency Declaration
...a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's emergency disaster declaration issued for the State of West Virginia. ...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
September Is Campus Fire Safety Month
As West Virginia’s students prepare to begin or return to college, they should be as well informed as possible about fire and life safety issues, whether on- or off-campus. ...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
High Water Closes Roads in Parts of W.Va. - Flood Warnings Remain in Effect for Some Areas
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At least three dozen roads in West Virginia remain closed by high water and flood warnings are in effect for some areas following several days of rainfall....more
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles -- Holiday Travel Safety Tips
Have you ever had a trip not go according to plans? The comedy film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy focuses on the efforts of a man trying to get home for the holidays. ... everything that could go wrong, does go wrong....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
“Treating the Invisible Wounds of War”
The psychosocial needs of our service members and their families are serious, complex, and growing. Many civilian service providers want desperately to help...." Brian W. Flynn, Ed.D. (RADM, USPHS, Ret) ...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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