Tomblin wants law to prepare W.Va. for emergencies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing a law that will help the state better prepare for emergencies and major events.

He mentioned the idea during his State of the State address Wednesday.

It would allow the mobilization of medical services, law enforcement and equipment in preparation for emergencies or events.

He said the idea came after he had to declare a state of emergency last summer to provide needed state resources when 40,000 people participated in the National Boy Scout Jamboree.

While the event wasn’t an emergency, it was the only tool he had to ensure health and public safety resources could be moved to the event.

Tomblin said like Boy Scouts, the state should “be prepared.”

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