DHSEM is Encouraging Everyone to Have a Fun, but Safe, Summer


Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is proud to join and promote firework and park safety to spread the word and encourage the community to take step to ensure a safe and fun summer. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) is committed to being a leader for emergency preparedness.


Alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ready Campaign, the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management wants to ensure Americans are prepared and know how to stay safe. Fireworks safety is extremely important during this time of year. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people on average go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries around the July 4th holiday. It is important to know how to use fireworks safely to avoid injury. Remember, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals!


In addition to fireworks safety, FEMA and WVDHSEM are stressing the importance of park safety. Parks are a great place to spend time in the summer, but can pose new risks to individuals and families if they are not prepared. When at the park, be sure to always stay informed of the weather as it can change in a blink of an eye. Before your trip consider these actions;


Create a family communication plan for when you are at the park. Know how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Create an emergency supply kit for your car with items you may need in case of an emergency, such as extra water, food, and a first aid kit. Parks have a variety of wildlife. Check to see if your first aid kit has the right types of medicines to handle negative reactions to plant life and insects.


Summer can be a fun time for all, but remember to be prepared and stay informed to ensure the Whole Community stays safe.

More information can be found at Ready.gov or the Spanish-language web site Listo.gov.

Contact Information

Terrance Lively 304.558.5380