PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP)- Governor Jim Justice signed a proclamation on Monday announcing this week as Winter Weather Awareness week for West Virginia.
According to the National Weather Service West Virginia is exposed to numerous types of winter weather, from bitter cold temperatures to ice and snow storms.
The Winter Weather Awareness week stretches from December 4th to the 8th in hopes to reduce the loss of life and property by taking appropriate preparedness before, during, and after winter weather.
Emergency personnel state there are just as many injuries and deaths due to the harsh conditions like hypothermia, frost bite, and heart attacks as there are traffic accidents.
That is why experts say it is important to take the time this week to prepare both your house and vehicles for these harsh conditions.
Rick Woodyard, Director of Wood County 911 Center explains the importance of being prepared. “We need to be cautious about preparing ourselves for travel or within the homes. When you’re traveling you need to take extra clothing with you, water, something to snack on in case your car becomes disabled along the roadway, especially in some of the isolated areas in West Virginia; its things like that. Being prepared and making yourself aware of the surroundings you’re going from into.”
Officials say other ways to stay safe and prepared for winter are making sure pipes do not freeze, keep space heaters away from any flammable objects, do not use ovens to warm households, and keep an emergency kit in your house and vehicle.
Preparation procedures will be highlighted on the national weather service site throughout the week.