The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
are encouraging residents to get prepared for emergencies by compiling a
disaster plan and kit.
Here is what you can do to be ready:
• Have an evacuation and communication plan for your family. Know where
you will go and how you will contact each other.
• Keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle in case you need to evacuate.
• Have a disaster kit with necessary supplies on hand. See our checklist
(PDF) for a complete list of recommended items.
• Make arrangements for pets, because pets may not be allowed into
emergency shelters for health and space reasons.
Getting Ready Booklet
The West Virginia Getting Ready booklet is the perfect size to put in
your disaster kit — half-letter size. The booklet gives instructions for
writing a family emergency plan, compiling a disaster kit and coping
with emergencies most common in West Virginia. The booklet can be
downloaded in full-color, black and white or copier format.
Contact the public information officer for information about ordering
hardcopies or reprinting large quantities for you or your organization.
•full-color Getting Ready booklet
•black and white Getting Ready booklet
•black and white Getting Ready booklet for copier
*The copier version has two copies of each page placed on a
letter-size page, so that you could more easily make small
quantities of booklets on a copier for your office or
Readiness Quotient Test
The Council for Excellence in Government has developed ways
to help individuals and communities measure their readiness
and preparedness quotient. ww.whatsyourrq.org/