EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSInternet Rumors Spark Fear of Mid-Atlantic Disaster
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Reported by: Brandon Stover
Web Producer: Brandon Stover
Reported: Sep. 27, 2013 9:24 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 27, 2013 10:45 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Some people are preparing for a major disaster in the mid-Atlantic. doing after rumors started circulating that a big event was coming. But is there any truth to those fears?
One of the websites, knowthelies.com, that has caused some concern lately for West Virginians. It suggests that a major disaster of some sort may occur in FEMA Region 3, which includes West Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states. But is it true?
According to a retired state senator, Sheldon R. Songstad of South Dakota, who claims he followed the bread crumb trail of FEMA orders, it is.
However, FEMA issued the following statement, and said nothing was unusual:
FEMA is aware of the speculations surrounding procurement of materials throughout the United States, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region. There is no specific threat, catalyst or alert within FEMA to purchase additional supplies, throughout the year, FEMA routinely purchases material and stockpiles warehouses throughout the country in anticipation of disasters and to have supplies pre-positioned throughout the United States. No unusual or inordinate purchases are being made.
This certainly does not scream concern and, in a world of texting and the Internet, rumors can turn into monsters overnight.
Local residents offered their thoughts on the matter.
"A lot of things you hear on the internet are not true, but some things are," Ernest Chapman, of Montgomery said.
"You can't believe anything on the Internet anyway, so I would take that as a ‘no,’" Whitney Kidd, of Charleston, said.
Regardless of when the next disaster occurs, it's always better to be safe than sorry.
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