CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the After Action Storm Review of West Virginia's response to the June 2012 derecho is now available online.
"The results of the After Action Review show clearly communication between state agencies, utility companies, private businesses, public entities, and citizens is vital in such a statewide, sustained emergency. We needed to streamline communication and, in particular, we are now looking into alternative methods to be able to educate the public even when the entire state lacks electricity. Ideas include as using battery-powered radios, text messaging services, satellite phones, and social media."
Following the 12-day initial emergency phase of the state's response in which all state resources were directed to take action to preserve the lives and safety of all West Virginians, the governor called for this comprehensive analysis of the state's actions and asked for recommendations on how the response maybe improved for future emergencies. The After Action Review closely looks at emergency communications, power restoration, personnel education and training, county and local issues, transportation, fuel access, and public awareness. The review suggests ways to open communication between hospitals, 911 centers, critical care facilities, and utility companies in order to best provide medical resources (such as oxygen tanks and refrigeration of medicine) and care to individuals.
On Friday, June 29, 2012, a powerfully windy storm, called a "derecho" whipped through West Virginia during a record heat wave, leaving between 1.4 and 1.6 million people without power.
Click here to read the After Action Review