CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In preparation for the National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation enabling the rapid deployment, if necessary, of additional emergency services in Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties beginning July 14, 2013 and continuing through July 26, 2013. During the Jamboree, approximately 6,000 Scouts will perform off-site community service projects located throughout the nine counties.
Gov. Tomblin has also ordered the implementation of the State Emergency Operations Plan, and the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center to help ensure the health and safety of the traveling Scouts, and maintain the health and safety of local community members.
"As governor, one of my responsibilities is to promote public safety. With forty-thousand kids, scout leaders, and visitors attending the Jamboree, it is important for us to, as the Scout Motto says, Be Prepared," Gov. Tomblin said. "Through this proactive regional declaration, we will be able to rapidly respond to potential emergencies in a cost-efficient manner. The declaration enables us to collaborate with other states and obtain necessary, additional resources needed while continuing to remain within our State's tight budget. By working together, we can provide the best opportunity for a safe event that showcases our great State and our people."
"This may be the first West Virginia Jamboree, but the agencies and officials providing support are outstanding professionals who are leaving nothing to chance," said BSA Jamboree Director Larry Pritchard. "Their support in all areas, from traffic control, emergency management and off-site security for our Scouts and visitors has been critical to the success of the Jamboree. We could not be more delighted with the level of cooperation and support we have experienced. It will truly help make this a spectacular and memorable event for everyone."
To read the proclamation in its entirety, click here.
Amy Shuler Goodwin