West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Emily Allen / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Flooding in the past week has once again consumed much of southern West Virginia, with Gov. Jim Justice signing a state of emergency proclamation for seven counties on Friday. 

A report from the West Virginia legislative auditor’s office says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has penalized the state for not complying with grant requirements.

James Hoyer, Jimmy Gianato
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One of the first presentations West Virginia lawmakers heard after gaveling in for the 2018 state Legislative session was one to help them more effectively guide their districts in the face of emergencies.

Since 2009, there have been 21 state emergency proclamations, 10 Federal Emergency Management Agency major disaster declarations, and 4 FEMA emergency declarations – that’s according to Jimmy Gianato, Director of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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West Virginia officials say they are prepared to send resources, including the state’s National Guard assets and personnel, to areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. 

According to a news release from the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, The West Virginia National Guard has a broad array of disaster response and recovery resources that could be used to assist rescue and recovery efforts in Texas and other affected states.

Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Emergency officials say storms caused some flooding in northern West Virginia as heavy rain crossed the state Wednesday. Spokesman Lawrence Messina says the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management activated its system for county and local authorities to report conditions and request help.

Messina says they are seeing "some roadway ponding and drains backed up," with some schools canceling classes as a precaution. Transportation officials say a dozen roads closed in Marshall and Tyler counties from high water with several others closed in Fayette County from downed trees.

Roane County Floods
Jeff Fetty

West Virginia officials are planning several meetings in flood-ravaged areas about grants to help homeowners reduce risks during future disasters.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the first meeting about the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will take place Tuesday behind Clendenin City Hall.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia officials had reduced the number of homes they believe were damaged in recent deadly floods.

The office that has been handling disaster assistance to 55 West Virginia counties affected by the 2015 spring and summer storms is closing.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the Charleston field office will close Jan. 22. The state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have operated the office for 10 months. A joint field office typically closes when most of its work is completed.

Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The clock is ticking for West Virginia localities seeking a federal assist during hard times.

The deadline is Friday to apply for so-called hazard mitigation grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Lawmakers Briefed on State of Emergency

Mar 6, 2015

At the legislature today, the senate voted to override the governor’s veto of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  The law to restrict abortion after 22 weeks goes into effect in 90 days.  An informal joint session of the legislature was held in the house chamber today as emergency management officials briefed lawmakers about the impact of this week’s storms.  And we’ll review just how historic this legislative session is on The Legislature Today.

Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Friday the statewide State of Emergency remains in place after heavy snowfall and flooding across the state.  

"Although temperatures are expected to rise and water levels continue to decline, I encourage drivers to remain cautious while traveling," Gov. Tomblin said in a news release. "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."

West Virginia is gearing up to test a national alert system next week.

Officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency will lead a test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System in West Virginia on Wednesday afternoon.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and others will participate in the test.