- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Check out these Emergency Preparedness Gift Ideas for this Holiday Season.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- As the season cools and leaves begin to fall, take time to prepare your home for the winter weather.
- America's PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Residents in counties affected by June flooding now have until September 7 to file for individual assistance.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
July 18, 2016
- 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...
- 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.
- 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...
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
April 29, 2016Since March, record flooding has devastated parts of the South, including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. Thousands of residents have evacuated and major roadways closed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (WV VOAD): What is it and Who who can participate?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make preparedness one of your New Year’s resolution! ReadyWV encourages ALL West Virginia residents to Resolve to be Ready in 2016.
- Looking for last minute gift ideas? Check out these prepper gifts!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Get PAID, Have FUN, and CONTRIBUTE to the readiness of our Nation's Homeland Security!
- 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!
July 30, 2015CHARLESTON, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- "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.
- 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...
- From Sunday, January 11 to Wednesday January 14 six AmeriCorps members deployed as part of a new disaster response initiative!!
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- Congratulations to the winner of the Marshall Ticket & ReadyWV Emergency Kit Giveaway!!
- 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...
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- Ad Council, FEMA and Disney launch “Big Hero 6” PSAs to Encourage Emergency Preparedness for Kids...
- 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,
- 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.
- ...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.
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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
- Each May, the nation celebrates Older Americans Month . This year, the focus is on injury prevention with the theme “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
January 10, 2014
- 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.
September 19, 2013National 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.
- 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!
September 04, 2013This 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.
- 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.
- 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.
June 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.
June 10, 2013Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences.
June 07, 2013Please 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
May 15, 2013The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce the application period for the 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open.
- The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area...
January 10, 2013West 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.
- ...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.
September 14, 2012Every 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.
September 04, 2012Since 2004, September has been designated as National Preparedness Month (NPM) to encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.
- 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.
August 01, 2012Like 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....
June 29, 2012Governor announces statewide emergency due to storms and extreme tempatures that have affected the state.
June 26, 2012Every 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.
May 30, 2012Hurricane 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.
May 17, 2012If 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.
March 22, 2012For 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.
March 14, 2012The 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
March 09, 2012Find 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.
December 15, 2011FEMA Kicks Off Campaign to Encourage Americans to Resolve to be Ready in 2012
December 14, 2011West 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.
- 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.
- 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.
June 14, 2011The 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.
June 07, 2011Stories of how CERTs have participated in emergency response and other public safety activities.
June 06, 2011Up to forty percent of businesses affected by a natural or man-made major disaster never reopen
May 26, 2011PREPARING FOR A HURRICANE
Learn the facts about a hurricane. Learn how to be prepared and be safe - before, during and after a hurricane.
March 31, 2011You 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...
March 31, 2011As 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.
March 17, 2011FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) National Program Office is pleased to announce the release of updated materials for the CERT Basic Training course.
- 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)
November 17, 2010President Obama Signs Executive Order to Implement Reform Recommendations of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
October 05, 2010On 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.
September 03, 2010Floods, 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.
June 10, 2010West 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
March 17, 2010FEMA and NOAA have produced an interactive flood map. Check out this new resource and additional information about FEMA's Flood Insurance Program.
March 15, 2010With the recent heavy snowfall across much of West Virginia, the approaching spring season has turned our attention to the potential for flooding.
March 15, 2010Gov. 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.
December 09, 2009For 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...
September 17, 2009To 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.
September 11, 2009If 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.
September 11, 2009While 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.
September 11, 2009Article from Rebecca Marquis with the Ready Campaign.
September 09, 2009Organize 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.
September 02, 2009FEMA releases new disaster housing assistance information.
September 01, 2009Department 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...
June 19, 2009The 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
September 08, 2009For 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.