Governor Tomblin Provides Update On State of Emergency
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today provided an update regarding the statewide State of Emergency.
“The statewide State of Emergency remains in place as we continue to monitor the effects of Winter Storm Thor. Although temperatures are expected to rise and water levels continue to decline, I encourage drivers to remain cautious while traveling,” Governor Tomblin said. “I am extremely proud of our state’s response to this massive winter storm, and I’d like to thank all first responders, the West Virginia National Guard, local and state road crews, and all West Virginians who have worked hard to help combat this storm.”
Representatives from the Governor’s Office, the West Virginia National Guard and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management briefed members of the West Virginia Legislature today on the procedures and protocols for a State of Emergency, as well as an update on current weather conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, no additional major weather concerns are expected this weekend. As waters in most areas continue to fall, local and state officials will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days.
Although residents will experience colder temperatures in the mornings, temperatures are predicted to gradually warm up through the weekend. Snow and ice melt are expected to melt slowly, so West Virginians should continue to exercise caution and prepare for cold temperatures.
For updates on warming stations, shelters, power outages, road closures and weather conditions, continue to monitor the state’s official Facebook page for Winter Storm: www.facebook.com/westvirginiathor.
WVSBDC Advises Businesses How to Avoid Disaster from Severe Weather
Amid the flurry of severe weather advisories predicting a brutal blast of ice and snow this week, West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) adds this reminder to the state’s businesses: the best protection against disaster is preparation.
Samuel Payne, WVSBDC business coach and “point person” on disaster assessment and planning, offers readiness tips for businesses.
“Companies also need to plan how to maintain access to the place of business and to protect their most important asset: their employees,” said Payne. “It is a good idea to develop a plan of action for your business and your staff to be ready for this type of interruption.”
Payne suggests a checklist to help business owners identify where business are most susceptible to winter hazards and to suggest ways to minimize damage. For more information, review PREPAREMYBUSINESS.org or contact Payne at
During the storm:
Have cold weather equipment such as heaters, snow blowers and generators located where they are most likely to be used.
Keep driveways, walkways and doorways clear of snow and ice.
Prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing by opening water faucets so that they drip slightly. Keeping water flowing provides relief from pressure build-up and prevents pipes from bursting.
Have at hand the names and phone numbers of heating contractor, plumber, fire department, insurance agent and building owner.
Assign someone to check indoor temperatures should your place of business be vacant for long periods of time.
Have an emergency communication plan in place before a storm or other disaster strikes.
Have all employees, vendors, and client contact information on hand.
Have a ready plan for how to manage phones lines in case of evacuation. Redirection to cell phones, answering service or Google Voice could be critical.
After the storm, notify all critical people of the next steps, based on damage.
Winter storms may range from a moderate snow in a short amount of time to a blizzard lasting for days. Some storms are regional and may affect several states, while others are more localized, depending upon geography and terrain. Common characteristics of winter storms are dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, ice, sleet and freezing rain.
Understand the weather terms:
Winter storm watch: Be alert, a storm is likely.
Winter storm warning: Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.
Blizzard warning: Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Seek refuge immediately!
Winter weather advisory: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.
Frost/freeze warning: Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops or fruit trees.
“We hope the predicted storm, if it comes to pass, will be the last blast of winter,” Payne said. “But businesses need to be ready for other potential disasters – from floods to compromised data access—that may threaten a business’s ability to operate. The best business practice is to have a plan ready and know how to use it.”
The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.
GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ISSUES STATEWIDE STATE OF PREPAREDNESS
Governor urges all West Virginians to take steps to say safe during potential severe weather
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a statewide “State of Preparedness,“ mobilizing state resources to help keep West Virginians safe during potential severe weather.
“Snow and ice are thawing and melting across the state, heavy rainfall is predicted for many areas, and large amounts of snow could follow,“ Governor Tomblin said. “Because this severe weather may affect many people across the state, I have issued a statewide State of Preparedness to mobilize state resources, including the West Virginia National Guard, to address heavy rainfall, potential flooding, high winds and additional winter weather forecasted this week.
“As you make preparedness plans, I encourage you to talk to your family about what to do and where to go. Remember to check on the elderly and your neighbors and consider a plan to care for household pets.“
Governor Tomblin also noted potential weather may leave neighborhoods without power and other utilities, and service providers are ready to address outages and other issues as they arise. He encouraged residents to think about the items families may need to stay safe for at least forty-eight hours, including food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries and fuel for generators.
The State of Preparedness statue was passed last year to allow the governor to mobilize necessary resources in advance of predicted severe weather or large-scale threats. The powers are similar to those involved in a State of Emergency but allow for additional preparations in advance of the expected event.
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This is a wonderful article. No longer do we have to insinuate the failure of public education.
Thank you Governor Tomblin for setting the record of failure straight for West Virginians.
Claiming that 64% of community college and technical school students need help is pretty much saying a 64% failure rate. What of the students that have not entered the ranks of additional schooling? You might think there rate of failure would be much higher if considered?
Yes, West Virginia is on the leading edge for sure. At the current rate, we will soon own 50th place in educational outcomes. Move over Mississippi, here we come.
Governor Tomblin says “In fact, 64 percent of West Virginia community and technical college students need developmental courses in English or math.“ However, he is totally missing the boat when he is bragging on it only taking one semester for them to catch up. In a normal world, NONE of the students who graduate from high school and go on to higher education should need 5 minutes of remediation in mathematics or English. The fact that remediation is needed by the majority shows our K-12 system is failing the students, totally. What we need is the state to get out of the education business, since it’s obvious they don’t know what they are doing!
Thomas Jefferson once said that one man with courage is a majority.
John F. Kennedy, One man can make a difference, and every man should try.
It’s not too late to stop the travesty of forced intervention for the purpose of controlling the public check book and the devastation produced by the over reaching, self granted authority of your WV Board of Education.
Governor, with all due respect, if just one time you would concentrate the tools and abilities at your disposal to start from the bottom up providing a solid Pre-K through 12 education without the fancy window dressing WV might pull itself out of the education hole that’s been dug.
Addressing problems from the top down, after the fact, has not brought any resolution.
Looks like madness has taken over and replaced education, nationwide. Time for parents to take over and make sure their children are not taken over by oligarchs in the “education” field determined to indoctrinate children into submission. The whole idea of any government running education is insane!
Did the county commission of Gilmer follow the rules when they put their administrator on the health center board while she still worked for them? The GCC President bragged in the paper that his board had voted for the MH lease and his fellow commission did the same in last weeks meeting. The administrator is the president of the health center board. Commissioner C is on there as well so that explains that. Funny thing about it is the MH lease wasn’t on the commission agenda so did they follow the rules then? Were they following the rules when they didn’t have a clerk to take minutes during delegation? Heard a lot of serious questions got asked that never made the news.
Have watched the June 1 video and the May. When board members can only vote yes the question was the right one. What are they doing there?
All my family knows for sure is if they have the money to do improvements on someone else building, paying high rent not necessary under the law while they won’t pay for a fifth grade teacher, then they don’t need any excess levy from us.
What has been done to deal with the County’s drug epidemic and to feed our children among the poor?
Far too much has been done under the guise of doing it for the children when the real reason has been palm greasing for the politically connected.
That philosophy is the reason WV ranks at the bottom for education while we are near the top for what we pay.
Blame goes to the top officials including our timid legislators who wring their hands while refusing to take corrective measures. It has to do with those checks flowing in to pay for political campaigns.
This is a challenge to Dr. Martirano and Dr. Daniel. The two are in the lead now for public education in WV and a new leaf could be turned.
Citizens would appreciate an objective assessment of how education has improved during the four years the WVBOE has controlled Gilmer County’s school system.
The question has been asked many times without getting answers. The silence suggests that overall intervention has been a flop and it has not achieved anything to improve the quality of education for Gilmer’s children.
Have achievement test scores improved and has truancy lessened, for examples?
It seems that the State equates spending money to progress to leave a county far worse off than what it was before intervention.
The unneeded move to MH to serve raw political purposes is a prime example. Respect for the taxpayers was not shown to inform them how much more money would have to be spent for the new location compared to what is being paid now.
As usual we are expected to blindly accept the State’s standard “trust us” approach without asking questions.
Secrecy about money being spent is always a sign for corruption and mismanagement for citizens to watch for.
There must be a full accounting for every penny of new spending under the State’s control to include what was spent for facilities including those for the Linn school, the auction barn site, Cedar Creek and the new Gilmer County Elementary school.
Nothing is known about the State’s spending for personnel and other outlays to indicate that there have been any notable improvements in Gilmer County’s school system.
Our delegates and senators have kept silent about what the County has gone through.
At the very least they should demand a full financial accounting for public disclosure. Does anyone think that this would be unreasonable?
Need to know what time to be at the bus stop! When is the Superintendent going to put out the bus routes? Told they would be changing at the end of this year and not a word since? How can we work and get the child to school and back if we don’t know for sure what we have to do to get him there? School starts August 13.
Now the preschoolers have to go to Head Start? No room at the inn in Glenville. To think the state says we didn’t need two schools.