Governor Tomblin Transitions State of Preparedness to State of Emergency


Continues to urge West Virginians to take steps to prepare and stay safe during severe winter weather 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (January 22, 2016) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today declared a statewide State of Emergency, activating state resources to combat winter weather conditions and ensure the safety of residents across the state.

“I’m grateful for the work of our Department of Transportation and West Virginia National Guard to mobilize state resources during the State of Preparedness I issued Wednesday,” Gov. Tomblin said. “These efforts have allowed us to put together the resources we need to prepare for the inclement weather of Winter Storm Jonas.

“Because winter weather conditions are expected to become more severe over the next few days, I have transitioned the State of Preparedness declaration into a State of Emergency to continue deployment of key resources from the West Virginia National Guard, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Department of Transportation and other necessary agencies.

“As these conditions intensify, I continue to encourage you to check on the elderly and your neighbors.”

A State of Emergency declaration does not restrict travel or mandate the closing of schools or businesses. For school closing information, visit In addition, a State of Emergency declaration does not mean the state will receive federal assistance.

West Virginians needing assistance should contact their local offices of emergency management. Contact information for each county office can be found at For updates on the state’s response efforts, including lists of warming stations and shelters, power outages, road closures and weather conditions, please visit the state’s official Facebook page for Winter Storm Jonas:​.

To read the proclamation in its entirety, click here​.

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