West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Gov. Declares Statewide State of Emergency Due to Approaching Winter Storm

2/5/2010 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin has declared a statewide State of Emergency due to the winter storm that is reaching West Virginia at this time. Through the next two days, the storm is predicted to drop large amounts of wet snow in the northern and eastern panhandle areas and a mixture of ice and snow across West Virginia.

“The information I’m receiving from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the National Weather Service suggests that this storm will bring large amounts of heavy, wet snow and ice that will hamper travel and could affect other services and utilities,” Manchin said. “We have already taken precautions in anticipation of this storm, but the State of Emergency provides additional resources that will enable us to better deal with the weather.

“As Benjamin Franklin said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ As this storm hits, I encourage West Virginians to please only travel if absolutely necessary. Be responsible and use good judgment. Don’t get out unless you have to.”

For emergencies, citizens should call 911 for assistance.

The governor also ordered the implementation of the state’s Emergency Operations Plan and activation of the state’s Emergency Operations Center. The state of emergency allows the governor to direct special resources to the affected areas that otherwise would not be available.

The state of emergency remains in effect for 30 days unless extended or rescinded by another proclamation by the governor.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STATE OF EMERGENCY

Q: If I have an emergency and need immediate assistance who should I call? 
A: Call 911 immediately.

Q: How do I find out about road conditions?
A: Please call 877-WVA- ROAD (877-982-7623).

Q: How can state employees find information about weather-related work conditions?
A: Please call the West Virginia State Employees Information Line at 304-558-9117, or toll-free at 888-558-9117.
For state employee inclement weather policy:
http://www.state.wv.us/admin/personnel/emprel/POLICIES/Emerg2.pdf

Q: Can I drive during a snowstorm-related State of Emergency?
A: Please do not drive during severe weather unless it is absolutely necessary. DO NOT DRIVE ON ROADWAYS CLOSED DUE TO THE WEATHER. 

Q: If I do not have electric and I am seeking shelter or need assistance, who should I call?
A: Local 911 center.

Q: If I am stranded on a West Virginia roadway, who should I call?
A: If this is an emergency, please call 911.

Q: If I would like to donate supplies and/or volunteer during a State of Emergency, who should I call?
A: Local emergency shelter or county emergency services center.

FOR A DIRECTORY OF COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES, PLEASE VISIT:
http://www.wvdhsem.gov/co_emergency_cont.htm

Contact Information

For Media Contacts Only: Sara Payne Scarbro
304-558-2000