Preparedness

Preparedness KPEPC
Study your surroundings for possible threats. For example, do you live near a flood-prone area? Are you near fixed sources of hazardous materials, such as a  chemical plant or swimming pool where chlorine is stored? Do you live near a highway or railway where tanker trucks or rail cars carry hazardous materials?  Natural events can lead to long power outages, isolation because of snow or flooding, and inability to travel on highways.
 
Mark your radio and television sets for stations that carry emergency information. Kanawha Valley radio stations that will carry the information first are WCHS (580AM), WCAW (680AM), WKWS (96.1 FM) and WVAF (99.9FM).
The following radio stations repeat the information: WBES (94.5FM), WQBE (950 AM and 97.5 FM), WVSR (102.7FM), WSCW (1410 AM) and WKAZ (107.3 FM).
All local television stations will broadcast emergency information as will cable systems. Importantly, the information will not be broadcast on satellite-based services that do not carry local programming.

If you live near a chemical manufacturing facility or a major transportation route (interstate or railway), you may hear an disaster siren warning you to seek shelter inside immediately.

 For a place to shelter, select a room in your house that has few or no windows. The room should have a telephone, although you should use it only for emergency calls. Using it otherwise may take up a line needed by emergency response officials. Learn CPR and first-aid.

Make sure all family members know what to do in a chemical emergency, whether they are at home, school, work or outdoors. Be sure family members know how to contact one another or where to meet if communications lines are out.

Review your plan periodically and conduct drills.

The disaster siren used during major natural or man-made disasters should not be confused with a normal fire siren.