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.
Thank you GFP for posting minutes for the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center. Comparing those minutes to ones for Gilmer County’s Board meetings is a study in contrast.
At the CGCC there is a focused mission everyone understands and supports, nothing including finances, personnel, and details about instructional programs is kept secret from citizens, the meetings are structured to keep parents and everyone else fully informed, and you can tell from the minutes that emphasis down there is that every student is important to be treated accordingly.
No meaningless lip service. Demonstrated Center commitment to performance and student success instead.
Why the differences? They pertains to superior leadership and lack of censorship at the CGCC.
The later is one of the WVDOE’s intervention trademarks as Dr. Martirano peddles his community involvement pillar throughout WV.
You can’t have effective citizen involvement, support, and trust for common core or anything else, Dr. Martirano, when information is purposely withheld from people.
I do not know what the WVBOE expected for ROI, but if it wanted to ruin its WV support for common core its self-inflicted damage could not have been done better with a professional world class wrecking crew.
The highly circulated intervention documentation on social media proved to citizens that the WVBOE could not be trusted to run a centralized one size fits all education program for our children.
Negative publicity won’t stop and the WVBOE needs damage control fast to include ending its severe blunders in intervened counties.
Prisoners bring up a question. If they are subtracted out what is the full time (FTE) enrollment beginning each fall semester on campus for the past ten years? The administration always side steps this question to cause suspicion that the trend is moving down.
Sports does a lot to shore up the enrollment and the program has been very successful over the years. Team spirit is one thing GSC doesn’t lack.
That WACO center is a beautiful new facility and the Alumni and friend donate to keep the flag flying on the hill. What they want their money used for is up to the giver.
Online prisoner classes add to the count so there’s another contributor.
More community interaction would probably be a help. Thought they had a Teaching program but everything can always stand to grow. How to get it done is the big problem. Do not see state revenues being the answer as the population statewide is on the down side. Didn’t the Governor have to cut all of the colleges in the states budget the last two or three years?
GSC was once known far and wide for the quality of Teachers graduating. Unfortunately with the current standings regarding the state of education in West Virginia how effective could such a program be? It would take years to get a program off the ground and running, is there enough time?
Governor Tomblin is supporting the new State Superintendent of Schools agenda now. If the students sent to college aren’t ready then who will be trained as the high quality Teachers of tomorrow?
Begin at the beginning. There may not be a quick fix. It’s taken a lot of time and money to get where things are.
We are already at rocky bottom of that slippery slope at GSC and other schools.
Teacher ed. is one of several programs of which WV has too many. Criminal justice is another. At last count there were 20+ CJ programs in WV’s colleges and universities.
Wanna thin them out? Have each one ranked in quality and demand that when a new student enrolls the list must be given out. Let the survival of the fittest function.
Something like that could be done for fields for which jobs are scarce to help cut the rate of college grads with huge college debts to pay off to have to work at fast food businesses to make a living.
When a new student enrolls in a program at an institution give out a fact sheet about chances for getting a job in that field and the pay prospects. That would cut down on getting degrees in poor opportunity fields.
If disclosure information is not required to be given out as a higher education version of truth in advertising, profs in the bottom fields will hold back because candidness would work against their personal interests in keeping their classes filled.
A profession to be valued, certainly. But crucial shortages are widely reported to be in the areas of science, technology and special education.
There has been a downward spiral of the number seeking a Teaching degree nationwide for the past several years. Teach America recruitment is down.
Glenville State College should be valued as an asset for central WV, an area of this state historically ignored for infrastructure update by its Legislative body. Even more valued and protected during a troubled economy when even the largest colleges have seen decreased enrollment.
Can they afford to put all of their eggs in this basket? Can GSC afford expending all efforts and resources to be the education hero of West Virginia?
By Slippery Slope - Is It Practical? on 08.25.2015
It does not require geniuses to find one of the major reasons. Look at compositions of Boards of Governors.
Members of the same families have been represented since the BOG system started. The families control all other components of the College too.
Same families with strangle holds on the Court House, law enforcement, businesses to succeed and to fail, who gets jobs and who keeps them, who gets elected, what happens with our schools, who gets scholarship money, and everything else.
They like to portray appearances of watching out for us while the really watch out for themselves.
O my aching sacro. Is there anything else to say to distract from the fact that rights of tax paying citizens to representation by their elected officials on the Board of Education is being ignored even by this County Commission. For goodness sake, don’t even read that thing the State BOE is letting pass as a lease! Your Commission took education dollars for rent last month. This month they short changed their own employees. Bet you will find out those elected officials will find the money for their own raise very soon. That’s something to pray about.
But continue with inane babbling and making mountains out of molehills everyone has heard about for years. It shows where your head is when it comes to the community, the kids, and what you really care about. O my!
Oh my! To what level has this conversation sank that one would be suggestive of a mafia hit? Let us hope and pray that those dear families mentioned in that post were not party to that threat. Let us also hope and pray that nothing of a violent nature ever happens to Mr Ed, i. e. a hunting accident or what ever. I would beseech the GFP to flag that post and take note of it’s source for future reference.
I think Retired Ed was just trying to be provocative. Everyone knows that the school at Normantown is the highest performing school in the county. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that closing the best performing school to build a new one is stupid. That is just common sense.
On the topic of bussing, it is ten miles from Glenville to Normantown. It is almost 30 from Rosedale to Glenville. If it’s too far for the Glenville students, then it’s three times too far for the Rosedale students.
Anyone that thinks this whole fiasco is anything other than politics is dreaming.
We started out with five schools and a surplus and we are ending up with two schools and a deficit. All the employee cuts are still to come, and you can expect that they will turn things back over to the local BOE for that.
The man got the school he wanted. Gail backs off. Mark changes jobs. Heinlein retires. It’s all very tidy and all very sad.