SouthernWestVirginia Preparedeness partnership

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Winter Safety Seminar

The SWVPP sponsored a “Winter Safety Seminar” on November 7,2013. Held at the Beckley Dream Center, the seminar was conducted from 9:00 am –noon and covered a number of topics related to winter weather preparedness. FaithBorden from the National Weather Service (NWS) updated attendees on thenumerous tools the NWS use to keep citizens updated concerning weather –relatedincidents. Kevin Taylor discussed the necessity of taking basic steps to beprepared for emergency situation, not only for yourself and family, but foryour pets as well. Lastly, the issue of emergency sheltering was addressed atlength. Representatives from the Dream Center, Commission on Aging, CommunityAction, as well as the Humane Society shared information concerning theirfacilities and the services they provide during emergency situations. All inall, it was a great event, one that brought a large number together to discussissues that are vital to our community.

City of Beckley receives StormReady designation

Another presentation was made at the Septemebt 11, 2013 meeting of the Southern WV Preparedness Partnership meeting, this one to the City of Beckley. The National Weather Service recognized the City of Beckley as a “StormReady” community. This is a national program that started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK and helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local safety programs. Director of Emergency Services Kevin Taylor began this process last year, one that verifies that the city meets certain planning and response capabilities, as well as multiple ways in which to receive, monitor, and disseminate weather-related information. Beckley joins only six counties and one other community in WV to receive this designation.

Presenting this designation to Director Taylor is Faith Borden and Andy Roche from the National Weather Service, as well as Robbie Bailey, the regional liaison for the WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Additional information concerning the StormReady program can be found at: