Emergency Management

​​​​​​​West Virginia Emergency Management Division
The mission of the West Virginia Emergency Management Division (WVEMD) is to  ensure the protection of life and property by providing coordination, guidance, support and assistance to local emergency managers and first responders.  The division contains multiple branches that work seamlessly together to achieve WVEMD's mission. In addition to these branches and the Watch Center, which is staffed 24/7, the division operates the State’s Emergency Operations Center when the Governor orders an activation. During activation, WVEMD coordinates resources and support as requested by local emergency management agencies who administer direct assistance to citizens.

​​The West Virginia Emergency Management Division works with two different types of grants: Preparedness Grants and Recovery Grants​​
  • Preparedness​ Grants - these grants are used by state and local jurisdictions to maintain an effective emergency management program and to build and sustain the necessary capabilities to allow the state to prevent, respond to, and recover from various threats and hazard
  • Recovery Grants​ - these grants are used to facilitate effective and efficient local recovery
2403 Fairlawn Avenue
Dunbar, WV  25064​​​

West Virginia County Emergency Management Contact Information 
Each county, in the State of West Virginia, has an Office of Emergency Management. The purpose of the county emergency management​ offices is to develop and maintain emergency plans and coordinate the use of County, State and Federal resources to prepare, respond, recover and mitigate the effects of natural and man-made disasters within each specific county.  

West Virginia Emergency Management​ Division Watch Center
304-558-5380 (24/7/365)
The Watch Center is a 24/7 Operations Center receiving calls from around the state, maintaining situational awareness as well as monitoring weather and events from around the country that may impact West Virginia.

Emergency Contact Information for West Virginia
Mine and Industrial Accident Rapid Response System (MIARRS)
West Virginia State Fire Marshal Arson Hotline
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Industrial Spill Line
Safe Schools Helpline
Mine & Workplace Safety Anonymous Tip Hotline
WV Drug Tip Line
SIRN Infrastructure Reporting

Important information to store in your cell/mobile device for emergencies, severe weather, power outages and more:
Weather Alerts
West Virginia Weather Service Offices
  • ​Charleston 304-356-5885
  • Blacksburg 540-553-8900
  • Pittsburgh 412-262-1485
  • Sterling 571-888-3500
Road Conditions
  • WV 511 or dial 511 from your cell 
Law Enforcement
Utilities - report emergencies and outages​
Shelters and Disaster Assistance
Readiness Resources​
ReadyWV is a communications campaign and an online tool that helps West Virginians know what to do before, during, and after an emergency


Office of the Governor
State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305

Office Phone:
304.558.2000 or 1.888.438.2731

Governor's Mansion:

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