Emergency Preparedness

Recent heavy and steady rains, along with snowfall melt made for some threatening conditions this past weekend.  West Virginia’s residents in the Ohio Valley, specifically in the New Martinsville region, found themselves preparing for significant flooding in the area.

Perhaps Monday’s thru Wednesday’s newspaper headlines and photos tell the best outcome of the story. Monday’s local front-page headlines were similar to sighs of relief, stating that the river crested below estimated levels and that the valley escaped with minimal damage.

The flooding most certainly wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but unfortunately, we have not been and will not always be so lucky.  This serves as a reminder that we should all regularly brush up on basic emergency preparedness.  Debbie Bennett and the New Martinsville Campus has helped to make the seriousness of emergency preparedness a bit simpler by offering a new page complete with links to sites such as FEMA, the Office of Emergency Management, NOAA, the Red Cross, and so much more.  Be sure to check it out at:  http://www.wvncc.edu/CampusNewMartinsville/Emergency%20Info%20Page.htm

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