Emergency Information

Emergency Evacuation
Know What To Do In Case Of An Emergency
Please Note
This information is presented by the Kanawha Putnam Emergency Planning Committee (KPEPC) and is supplied by Verizon as a public service. Verizon and KPEPC assume no liability and will not be responsible for any injury which is the consequence of any action (or inaction) undertaken by any person which is in any way related to the information in the “Know What To Do In Case Of An Emergency” Guide.
Introduction
Natural and man-made emergencies can affect the Kanawha Valley. You should be prepared to protect yourself and your family during an emergency until emergency personnel can assist you.  The following information will help you prepare for an emergency:
Be Prepared
It may be some time before emergency responders can reach you and provide assistance, depending on the type and scale of the emergency.  You can be better prepared by doing the following:
1.     Prepare an emergency kit. It should include first aid supplies, flashlight, duct tape for sealing cracks, battery operated radio, spare batteries, candles, matches, blankets, extra clothing, prescription medicine, bottled water, ready-to-eat food, pet food and other necessary items.  Check the kit every six months to make sure the contents are still there and are fresh.
2.     Learn CPR and first aid.
3.     Create and practice an emergency plan for your family.
4.     Select a place where family members can meet if they become separated during an emergency.
5.     Special Assistance for the Disabled - Don’t Wait For an Emergency!
Disabled persons who may need special assistance during emergencies, especially in an evacuation, should notify their local fire department of their problems and needs along with their home address and telephone number. In the event of an emergency, the needed assistance can then be provided. See the Government Pages or the Business White Pages for the telephone number of your local Fire Department.
How To Get Medical, Fire Fighting and/or Law Enforcement Help During an Emergency 9-1-1
For any type of emergency, medical, firefighting, and/or law enforcement help, call 9-1-1. Give your name, address, including community and zip code, and the nature of the emergency. Stay on the line until told you may hang up. Stay calm and answer as clearly as possible any questions asked.
 
Notification of An Emergency
If there is an emergency you may be given warning in one or more ways in Kanawha and/or Putnam Counties and you will be told how to protect yourself. Warning sirens are located in many of the urban areas of both counties. A steady high-pitched tone of the siren for three minutes repeated several times means that you should turn on the radio or television to a local station for information on what to do. Emergency information will be broadcast on the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which is broadcast by the following radio and television stations.
EAS Stations
Radio
WCAW.........................................680 AM
WVAF .........................................99.9 FM
WCHS .........................................580 AM
WKWS.........................................96.1 FM
WQBE .......................950 AM or 97.5 FM
WVSR .......................................102.7 FM
WSCW........................................1410 AM
WKAZ ........................................107.3 FM
Television
WSAZ .......................................Channel 3
WCHS........................................Channel 8
WOWK ....................................Channel 13
WVAH......................................Channel 11
In other areas, emergency service vehicles with loud speakers may provide emergency warning. You may be directed to tune in to a local radio or TV station to listen to the EAS for instructions.
Cable companies serving some areas of Kanawha and Putnam Counties will broadcast emergency warnings and/or general information. You can also receive EAS information on weather alert radios.
The Emergency Alert System is activated by key officials in Kanawha or Putnam Counties and is used to provide emergency information and directions over local radio and TV stations as listed.  EAS information is updated as needed. Stay tuned to your EAS station until the emergency is over.
 
What To Do If You Are Notified of An
Emergency
• Stay calm. Stay off the telephone including cell phones, unless you have a medical emergency.  The lines may be needed for official business. Your call could keep other people from getting emergency help
.• Turn on your radio or television to an EAS station for information and directions
.• Locate your emergency kit.
• Review your emergency plan.
Protective Actions
EAS instructions will tell you the protective action(s) to be taken. The protective action could be Shelter-in-Place and Evacuate. Depending on the particular circumstances of the emergency, either of the protective actions, or a combination, may be appropriate.
Shelter-in-Place
Shelter-in-Place is one way to protect
yourself. If you are told to Shelter-in-Place, do the following:
1.     Go inside your home, school, public building, store, or office building. Go to a room with no or few windows. Bring pets inside.
2.     Stay calm. Stay off the telephone including cell phones, unless you have a medical emergency.
3.     Turn on a radio or television to a local EAS station for information and direction.
4.     Stay tuned to the station until the emergency is over, or until you are given instructions to leave.
5.     If the emergency involves an airborne leak of toxic chemicals, you should do the following:
a)       Turn off heating and cooling systems
b)       Turn off window and other fans.
c)       Shut windows and doors.
d)       Cover cracks with tape or wet rags.
e)       After the emergency is over and the "All Clear" is given, open windows, turn on fans to ventilate the house and go outside.
6.     Do not attempt to go to schools or other places where another family member may be. Other members may be sheltered or evacuated as part of a facility’s emergency response plan.
Evacuation
In certain cases, evacuation is one way to protect yourself. If you are told to evacuate, take the following actions:
1.          Leave immediately. Otherwise, emergency personnel may be unable to reach you later.
2.          Stay calm.  Stay off the telephone including cell phones, unless you have a medical emergency.
3.          Listen to a radio or television tuned to a  local EAS station.
4.          If possible, turn off natural gas before leaving to prevent fires.
5.          Take the necessary clothing, medicine, portable radio, flashlight and other necessary items.
6.          Lock the building that is being left. The area(s) evacuated will be secured by law enforcement personnel.
7.          Do not attempt to go to schools or other places where another family member may be. Other members may be sheltered or evacuated as part of a facility’s emergency response plan.
8.          Turn on your porch light as you leave your house or other building to let people know that structure is empty.
9.          If you do not have your own transportation, listen to the EAS station for information about public transportation.
10.      Turn the vehicle radio to an EAS station for further instructions.
11.      When the emergency is over, you will be allowed to go back to your home or other location from which you were evacuated. If you came by public transportation, you will be returned by public transportation.
12.      If the emergency involved an airborne toxic chemical leak, upon returning to your home or other location, ventilate the structure before remaining inside.
Remember Your Pets
Your family emergency plan should include your pets. Different emergencies require different responses. But whether the emergency is a chemical leak or a winter storm, you may have to evacuate your home. The best way to protect your pets is to evacuate them too.
1.          Plan to take your pets to a friend’s or relative’s home or to a hotel that accepts pets during an emergency. Pets are not permitted in Red Cross emergency shelters.
2.          Transport pets in sturdy carriers.
3.          Have identification, collar, leash, and proof of vaccinations for all pets.
4.          Have food and water for your pets.
5.          Have a current photo of your pets in case they get lost.
For More Information
You can get additional information about emergencies from the following organizations:
Kanawha Putnam Emergency Planning Committee
(304) 414-3600
American Red Cross – Central West Virginia Chapter
(304) 340-3650
Kanawha County Office of Emergency Services
(304) 746-8201
Putnam County Office of Emergency Services
(304) 586-0246
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 

Weather Emergencies
The most likely weather emergencies to affect this area are floods, thunderstorms and winter storms. Here are some of the actions you should take in each case.
Floods: Before
1.          Have emergency building-repair    supplies on hand.
2.          Plan and practice an evacuation route.
3.          Make a disaster supplies kit.
4.          Make an emergency communications plan in case family members become separated.
Floods: During
1.          Listen to the radio for emergency information.
2.          Fill bathtub with water.
3.          Be prepared to evacuate.
4.          If caught outside, go to high ground.
5.          If in a car, do not drive through a flooded area.
6.          Do not walk through flood waters. Swiftly moving water six inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
Floods: After
1.          Help neighbors who need special assistance.
2.          Stay out of buildings if they are surrounded by water.
3.          Throw away food, including canned goods that has come in contact with flood waters.
4.          Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching system as soon as possible to prevent health hazards.
5.          If in a car, do not drive though a    flooded area.
6.          Do not walk through flood waters.  Swiftly moving water six inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
 
Thunderstorms: Before
1.          Check for hazards in your yard, such as trees that could fall during a storm and cause injury.
Thunderstorms: During
2.          If indoors, avoid bathtubs, water faucets and sinks because they can conduct electricity. Also, do not handle telephones or other electrical equipment because lightning could follow the wire.
3.          If outdoors, try to get into a building or car. If no building is available, go to an open space and squat low to the ground as quickly as possible. Never stand under a single large tree or other large structure in the open.
4.          If in a car, park on the side of the road away from trees.
Thunderstorms: After
1.          If someone has been struck by lightning, call 911 and give CPR if the victim’s heart has stopped.
2.          Report downed utility wires.
Winter Storms: Before
1.          Winterize your home.
2.          Have safe emergency heating equipment available.
3.          Protect pipes from freezing.
4.          Install and check smoke detectors.
5.          Have appropriate emergency supplies on hand to last as long as a week.
Winter Storms: During
1.          If indoors, conserve fuel.
2.          If pipes freeze, open all faucets, wrap pipes with rags and pour hot water on them, starting where they were most exposed to the cold.
3.          If outdoors, dress warmly. Stretch before you go out. Cover your mouth to avoid exposing your lungs to extreme cold. Avoid overexertion. Watch for signs of frostbite. Keep dry.
 
Weather Watches and Warnings
Emergency weather information will be transmitted via EAS, including “watch” or “warning” information.
A “watch” means weather conditions are favorable for the development of a severe storm.
A “warning” means a storm is already occurring. Follow EAS or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports for directions on what to do.