Virginia Disaster Services program is a state and local initiative created
to involve community organizations, individuals and volunteers in building
a culture of preparedness. At the state level, the Disaster Services
program promotes the message of citizen preparedness and supports the
integration of local trained disaster volunteers into state and local
emergency plans. Across the state, local volunteers are actively engaged
in promoting and enhancing community preparedness.
Disaster Service Initiatives Focus on:
Whole Community Preparedness
develop preparedness and response systems by providing information,
resources, training, and opportunities to participate in federal,
state, and local trainings and exercises.
Building partnerships with various stakeholders
to leverage efforts to increase community preparedness and resilience.
Serving as a liaison between local organizations,
their communities and state government.
Outreach & Education
is a multi-media public preparedness campaign that helps West Virginians
to know what to do before, during, and after an emergency. The web
site lists potential hazards by geographic region and provides emergency
preparedness information and resources. ReadyWV materials are available
upon request, contact firstname.lastname@example.org,
or download the 28-page ReadyWV:
A Family Emergency Guide.
Preparedness: ReadyWV provides seasonal and monthly targeted
messaging via our social media sites and e-newsletter. If you’d
like to receive our newsletter, contact Dana
Preparedness Month: During the month of September, WV Disaster
Services and other volunteer programs organize events and trainings
to improve people’s ability to help themselves and others during
PrepareAthon - WV Disaster Services participates and encourages
West Virginia residents to participate in America’s
PrepareAthon on April 30th and Sept. 30th. It provides an opportunity
for individuals, organizations, and communities to take ACTION to
prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, trainings
in WV for Disaster Response
Corps: Since 2014, West Virginia AmeriCorps & VISTA members
have the opportunity to be trained and mobilized during local, regional
and statewide disasters. By joining the WV Disaster Corps, national
service members can help communities rebuild and recover from disasters.
WV Disaster Corps is a National Service Partnership initiative unique
to West Virginia. In addition to response and recovery missions, Senior
Corps and AmeriCorps national service members help strengthen West
Virginia’s emergency preparedness at the local level. They distribute
preparedness kits to home-bound seniors, coordinate emergency response
trainings, and design disaster-related service projects throughout
Emergency Response Team (CERT): CERT members are local volunteers
who are trained in basic first response skills - disaster preparation,
fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search & rescue,
and disaster psychology. Many are also trained in CPR, 1st aid, traffic
control and emergency communications. Trained volunteers are better
able to help themselves, families and neighbors during an emergency
and can provide support to local first responders during large scale
disasters. In addition, CERT members can support their communities
during public events (parades, fairs, and sports games) by assisting
with traffic control, safety patrol, medical 1st aid and the like.
For more information about the West Virginia Disaster Services program,
Call 304-558-0111 or (800) WV-HELPS.