Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Chemical Spill
3:14 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Announces Review of Elk River Spill Response

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced an “After Action Review” of the state’s  response to the January 9 Elk River chemical spill. 

The Review hopes to highlight the many ways in which state agencies, county and local emergency management offices, volunteer and charity organizations, the West Virginia National Guard, and other entities responded to the nine-county State of Emergency.

Tomblin’s office says the review will also address ways the state can improve its emergency response systems. 

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10:51 am
Thu March 20, 2014

More Chemical Data Released

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On Wednesday, the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management released Freedom Industries Tier II report filed in February 2013. The report details the components of a substance known as "Shurflott 944", which might have been stored in the tank that leaked on January 9.
More chemical data released Freedom Industries hit a deadline Saturday to start scrapping its chemical storage headquarters, though it still appears intact. Local residents say they will be glad to see the 'tank farm' gone. CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- New information released by the state Wednesday raises more questions about what exactly contaminated the tap water of 300,000 West Virginia residents.
Government
9:10 am
Mon March 17, 2014

W.Va. Ethics Panel Fines State Emergency Official

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A state emergency official who appeared in an online promotional video for a California company has been fined $525 by the West Virginia Ethics Commission.
 
The commission also ordered state emergency communications director Joe Gonzalez to stop taking part in company promotions and to attend ethics training.
 

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The Legislature Today
7:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Statehouse Reporters Dave Boucher & Pam Pritt Talk Water Crisis, Medical Marijuana

Members of the West Virginia Senate and Jimmy Gianato of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management respond to Wednesday's news conference with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency and  the House of Delegates passes bills to make land record electronic, adds requirement to consumer transactions. Dave Boucher of The Charleston Daily Mail and Pam Pritt of Beckley's The Register-Herald talk about the water crisis and other issues making their way through the statehouse.

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House of Delegates
5:05 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

W. Va. House Focuses on Future Disasters With Proposed Legislation

House Speaker Tim Miley brings the House to order before adopting HCR 42, asking Congress to revisit the "Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012."
Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As the legislature continues to work on how to deal with the effects of the chemical spill, the House of Delegates looked at proposed legislation dealing with future disasters in terms of preparedness and flood insurance.

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security discussed House Bill 4147. The bill deals with what can be done in a State of Preparedness.

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Getting Help
7:02 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Phone Numbers for Local Emergency Management Offices

As Gov. Tomblin's state of emergency remains in effect, the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is ask asking residents of the nine affected counties to contact their local emergency management offices for information on available and safe water resources.

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