The state government makes services and resources available regarding health, natural, man-made, and utility emergencies.
Under West Virginia law, the governor or the state Legislature may proclaim a state of emergency for natural (storms, floods, earthquakes), man-made (spills, terrorist acts), or utility disasters or threats of disaster (WV Code Sec. 15-5-6).
Under the state of emergency, evacuations can be called for part or all of a population from a stricken or threatened area. Entry and exit from a stricken area, as well as movement within that area, may be controlled by authorities.
Authorities are also given the right, without permission of the property owner, to remove debris from private property that poses a threat to public safety.
The state ReadyWV has preparedness news, evacuation information, and emergency resources and contacts available at http://www.ready.wv.gov
The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has a Web center with emergency resources, including planning and evacuation information, available at www.dhsem.wv.gov
Call DHSEM at 304-558-5380 (main number ) or 866-987-2338 (mine or industrial accidents).
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services has a comprehensive Influenza (Flu) Resource Center at www.dhhr.wv.gov
. Information is also available by calling 800-642-3634.
The Department of Health and Human Resources's Bureau for Public Health has information on planning for pandemic disease at http://www.wvdhhr.org
or by calling 304-558-6900.
Last reviewed April 2015.