Governor Urges West Virginians to be Cautious During Severe Weather
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today urged all West Virginias to be cautious and prepare for potentially severe weather beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend. The National Weather Service indicates potential for flooding along the Ohio River and some of its tributaries as well as in some locations on the South Branch of the Potomac, The Tygart and the Greenbrier Rivers. In addition, the northern part of our state and the mountain areas could see some significant winter weather.
"I encourage all citizens to be vigilant over the next several days, especially as you travel," Gov. Tomblin said. "Always plan ahead and include a complete emergency kit in your vehicle. West Virginians have a tradition of taking care of their neighbors in times of need. During this severe weather event, I call upon all citizens to continue to do so especially for our elderly and disabled neighbors."
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. Most deaths occur when vehicles are driven into hazardous flood waters. The National Weather Service encourages citizens to play it smart and safe. Follow these few safety rules and Turn Around Don't Drown™.
• Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
• If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, washes, etc.
• Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.Turn Around Don't Drown™
• Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways.Turn Around Don't Drown™
• Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
• Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is working with local authorities to make sure preparations are in place for these weather events. Updates and information is available on the Division's web site at www.dhsem.wv.gov, on Facebook at West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management or at www.ready.wv.gov.
Stay safe and remember- Turn Around Don't Drown™.
Contact: Jacqueline Proctor: 304-558-2000