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Disaster Preparedness

The Lewis County Office of Emergency Management is encouraging residents to get prepared for emergencies by compiling a disaster plan and kit.

Here is what you can do to be ready:

  • Have an evacuation and communication plan for your family. Know where you will go and how you will contact each other.
  • Keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle in case you need to evacuate.
  • Have a disaster kit with necessary supplies on hand. See the check list contained in the Getting Ready Booklet for a complete list of recommended items.

Make arrangements for pets, because pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons.

Getting Ready: A Family Emergency Guide

The West Virginia Getting Ready booklet is the perfect size to put in your disaster kit — half-letter size. The booklet gives instructions for writing a family emergency plan, compiling a disaster kit and coping with emergencies most common in West Virginia.

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*Contact Office of Emergency Management for hard copies.

Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22)

FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness.

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Special Needs

This program is designed for those who have “special needs,” (including but not limited to, medical dependency on electricity, respirator or dialysis dependant, wheelchair, bedridden or intravenous restricted) who may require shelter or evacuation assistance in the event of an emergency. It will assist responders by allowing the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to develop a map to pinpoint your location and compile specific data to assist agencies such as FEMA and the Red Cross to plan for contingencies.

If you anticipate the need for evacuation, you should make arrangements to shelter with relatives, friends or community organizations. If you require special medical transportation or facilities, you or your care giver should make those arrangements ahead of time. The special needs shelter and other emergency assistance is intended as a temporary last resort, when for reasons beyond your control, you are unable to implement your own emergency plan.

Please Click Here to download the pdf form. Fill out and mail to the Lewis County OEM.

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