December 30, 2021
Ahead of flood threat, Gov. Justice asks state agencies to prepare response
Justice declares State of Preparedness for all 55 counties
CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Following briefings from the National Weather Service in Charleston and the Emergency Management Division, Gov. Jim Justice asked the State Emergency Operations Center and partnering state agencies to prepare for a response to potential flooding.
“Because of the heavy rain predicted toward the weekend, I've asked state agencies to be ready to respond," Justice said. “We stand united with our communities and are prepared to provide all possible resources if flooding should occur."
Justice has deemed it necessary to declare a State of Preparedness, pursuant to West Virginia Code § 15-5-6, for all 55 counties to prepare for potential adverse conditions.
The coordinating agencies are being placed on standby to report to the SEOC should the need arise. Until conditions improve, the NWS will hold additional briefings, and should flooding occur, EMD liaison officers will provide daily updates from each county.
Performing around-the-clock monitoring of water levels in rivers and streams, the EMD Watch Center will notify leaders if local emergency management agencies request assistance.
“EMD monitors for any events that may threaten the citizens of West Virginia, including severe weather threats," said EMD Director GE McCabe. “We're prepared at all times to respond should there be an emergency."
Justice asks that all West Virginians remain attentive to weather conditions through local media reports and be sure to follow any instructions issued by emergency officials. For updates, follow EMD on social media: https://www.facebook.com/WVEMD/ and https://twitter.com/wvemd.