CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a statewide State of Emergency Friday, January 22, activating state resources to combat winter weather conditions and ensure the safety of residents across the state.
“I’m grateful for the work of our Department of Transportation and West Virginia National Guard to mobilize state resources during the State of Preparedness I issued Wednesday,” Gov. Tomblin said. “These efforts have allowed us to put together the resources we need to prepare for the inclement weather of Winter Storm Jonas.
“Because winter weather conditions are expected to become more severe over the next few days, I have transitioned the State of Preparedness declaration into a State of Emergency to continue deployment of key resources from the West Virginia National Guard, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Department of Transportation and other necessary agencies.
“As these conditions intensify, I continue to encourage you to check on the elderly and your neighbors.”
A State of Emergency declaration does not restrict travel or mandate the closing of schools or businesses. In addition, a State of Emergency declaration does not mean the state will receive federal assistance. For school closing information, visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/closings.
West Virginians needing assistance should contact their local offices of emergency management. Contact information for each county office can be found at http://www.dhsem.wv.gov/Important%20Contact%20Numbers/Pages/default.aspx. For updates on the state’s response efforts, including lists of warming stations and shelters, power outages, road closures and weather conditions, please visit the state’s official Facebook page for Winter Storm Jonas: www.facebook.com/WVJonas.