EMERGENCY DECLARATION Emergency Declaration Granted For West Virginia
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Amy Shuler Goodwin
Reported: Oct. 30, 2012 1:32 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 11:04 AM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced his request for a presidential emergency declaration for the State of West Virginia has been granted. Much of the state is currently experiencing severe weather including high winds, flooding and blizzard-like conditions with power and water outages affecting many areas.
"As this storm continues to impact our state, I ask all residents to stay off the roads unless it is an emergency," Gov. Tomblin said. "Our local, state, and-with this emergency declaration-now federal emergency leaders are, working diligently to address the evolving needs of all West Virginians. I again, encourage West Virginians to remain calm, stay off the roads as much as possible, and check on your neighbors, family and friends."
The presidential emergency declaration allows FEMA to provide direct assistance to West Virginia, including measures to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety.
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