Gov. Proclaims Flood Resiliency Week March 6-10


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice has signed a proclamation designating March 6-10 as Flood Resiliency Week in West Virginia. 

The State Resiliency Office (SRO), West Virginia Emergency Management Division (WVEMD), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), West Virginia Volunteers Active in Disaster (WVVOAD), Ready West Virginia, and the National Weather Service (NWS) will share information about flood resiliency throughout the week. 

On Wednesday, March 8, the team will demonstrate flood resiliency tools and provide information on resiliency during an exhibit at the State Legislature on the lower rotunda of the State Capitol beginning at 8 a.m.

All West Virginians are encouraged to participate in Flood Resiliency Week by reviewing their home’s risk for flooding, talking with an insurance agent about the need for flood insurance, and looking for ways to make homes more resilient to flooding. 

“One of the primary tasks of the State Resiliency Office is to provide education and outreach concerning flood awareness and disaster preparedness to the citizens of West Virginia,” said WVSRO Director Robert Martin. “Flood Resiliency Week provides a great mechanism for us to promote awareness and get information out to the public. I am pleased that the SRO can participate.”

Flood resiliency starts with three steps: 
1. KNOW YOUR RISK – Use West Virginia’s Flood Tool to find your risk.
2. PLAN AHEAD – Talk to your agent about flood insurance. Build an emergency kit and make a plan that considers all types of flooding and associated risks. 
3. TAKE ACTION – Look for ways to mitigate the impact of flooding to your home. Help neighbors and your community do the same.

Partner organizations and the media are encouraged to participate in Flood Resiliency Week. Consider including the hashtag #WVResiliency in your organization’s related social media posts. 
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Contact Information

Lora D Lipscomb, Public Information Officer