SouthernWestVirginia Preparedeness partnership

EXPLOSIONS

Explosions can occur accidentally (ex. leaking natural gas furnace) or intentionally. Criminals and terrorists do not have to look far to find out how to make explosive devices; the information is readily available in books and other information sources. The materials needed for an explosive device can be found in many places including variety, hardware, and auto supply stores.

An event that unfortunately occurs on a somewhat frequent basis in our region is bomb threats. Whether such threats are received at a local school, hospital, or place of business, there is important information that should be obtained from the caller. A checklist has been developed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and can be downloaded here. Any such event should be forwarded to your local Emergency Operations Center, law enforcement agency, or the WV Intelligence/Fusion Center.

If you find yourself the victim of an explosion, adhere to the following:

  • Get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you. When they stop falling, leave quickly, watching for obviously weakened floors and stairways. As you exit from the building, be especially watchful of falling debris.

  • Leave the building as quickly as possible. Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make phone calls.

  • Do not use elevators.

Once you are out:

  • Do not stand in front of windows, glass doors, or other potentially hazardous areas.

  • Move away from sidewalks or streets to be used by emergency officials or others still exiting the building.

If you are trapped in debris:

  • If possible, use a flashlight to signal your location to rescuers.

  • Avoid unnecessary movement so you don’t kick up dust.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with anything you have on hand. (Dense-weave cotton material can act as a good filter. Try to breathe through the material.)
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are.
  • If possible, use a whistle to signal rescuers.
  • Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause a person to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

 

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American Red Cross-Beckley Jerry Runion
Address:
200 Industrial Drive P.O. Box 1598, Beckley ,
WV 25802,
304-255-1508 .
Description: Emergency Services....Disaster's-Flood-Home Fires-Snow Storms-Chemical Spills etc. Provide Food-Clothing -Shelter
Beaver Fire Department
Address:
147 3rd Street, Beaver,
WV 25813,
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Description: In case of emergency dial 911
Beckley ARH Hospital
Address:
306 Stanaford Rd., Beckley,
WV 25801,
304-254-2787.
Description:
Beckley ARH Hospital
Address:
306 Stanaford Rd., Beckley,
WV 25801,
304-254-2787.
Description:
Beckley Fire Department
Address:
310 Third Avenue, Beckley,
WV 25801,
304-256-1780.
Description: All hazards emergency response agency.
Beckley Police Department
Address:
340 Prince Street, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 256-1708.
Description:                      ...
Beckley Police Department
Address:
340 Prince St, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 256-1708.
Description: The City of Beckley with its natural beauty, friendly people and its committed Police Department, makes Beckley a great place...
Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
Address:
202 Maplewood Avenue, Ronceverte,
WV 24970,
304-647-4411.
Description:
Mullens Police Department
Address:
316 Moran Ave, Mullens,
WV 25882,
304-645-1626.
Description: This is a description.
Princeton Community Hospital Association
Address:
122 Twelfth St, Princeton,
WV 24740,
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Description:
Trap Hill Volunteer Fire Department
Address:
765 Bolt Road, Glen Daniel,
WV 25844,
(304) 934-7772.
Description:
Veteran's Hospital
Address:
200 Veterans Ave, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 255-2121.
Description:
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