Gov. Tomblin declares state of emergency

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin provided West Virginians an update regarding the state’s readiness, in preparation for severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Sandy.

“While the path of Hurricane Sandy is more defined today, we cannot be certain of the impact this storm will have on our state. For this reason, we are preparing for all scenarios and asking West Virginians to be prepared. Gather batteries, flash lights, bottled water, non-perishable food items, blankets, medications, a battery-operated radio and other necessities. Be sure to check on each other—family, friends and neighbors,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Our West Virginia National Guard and other resources are on stand-by, so that we may act quickly if needed. Our Department of Highway staff is on call and ready — they have tested their plows and other snow equipment and are scheduled to begin work at midnight tonight. Additionally our utility companies are making preparations.”

Although there remains some uncertainty with Hurricane Sandy’s final course, forecasts predict the lower elevations to receive rain or snow, the Eastern and Northern Panhandles to receive severe rain and flooding, and the mountainous regions to receive as much as 2 feet of snow in the higher elevations.

The state’s emergency response team is holding two conference calls a day with local, state and national emergency responders. The Office of Emergency Services is open and monitoring the situation and state agencies remain vigilant to ensure public safety and are preparing for the storm.

For more information on how you can prepare, visit ready.wv.gov.

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