West Virginia governor declares emergency due to winter storms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice has declared a State of Emergency for Cabell, Lincoln, Putnam and Wayne counties due to the severe winter storm that has caused numerous power outages and road blockages over the past week.

Justice has also declared a State of Preparedness for the remaining 51 counties due to further severe winter storms that are expected to cause additional outages and road blockages throughout West Virginia.

As part of today’s State of Emergency, the governor has directed the West Virginia Emergency Management Division to implement the West Virginia Emergency Operations Plan as it relates to winter storm response and to mobilize appropriate personnel and resources to respond to the emergency.

Yesterday, Justice announced that he was calling upon the West Virginia Emergency Management Division to stand by on “high alert” to coordinate a potential response to the storm.

The State of Emergency will remain in effect for 30 days, unless terminated by subsequent proclamation.

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