West Virginia: Least Prepared for Disasters
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tgd
June 26, 2006
Member since 07/15/2004 🔗
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According the recent study by DHS, West Virginia ranked 56 out of 56 US states and territories in preparedness for a major disaster.

It is interesting that the State Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary (read West Virginia's Homeland Security Czar) cited West VA's lack of readiness to provide shelter to evacuees from the DC Area as a factor in the poor ranking. This made me recall a discussion on a recent Corridor H thread regarding that highway's critical role as a viable evacuation route for the DC area.

If Sen Byrd and friends play this right, we DC skiers might yet see Corridor H completed - maybe even expanded to 8 lanes, with fast food, cheap gas, and free Government cheese at every exit! Heck, Congress is going to spend our tax dollars anyway, might as well get a ski-expressway to the West Va Alps out of them! Personnaly, I think I'll open a 7-11 near Wardensville and stock plenty of Dom Perignon, porn, and lottery tickets for DCers to max out their FEMA cards.

Read the following article:

Feds say W.Va. least prepared for disasters
bawalker
June 26, 2006
Member since 12/1/2003 🔗
1,547 posts
It's ironic you mention that, because around here a battle is starting to form over this very issue. The politicians in Moorefield for our county are trying to go up and beyond of doing preperation measures. One of these includes pushing Corridor-H. What's ironic is that the folks who supported Corridor-H, don't want it to be used for a mass migration of DCer's westward. In fact the heavy sentiment in this county by the majority of residents is "Go elsewhere, leave us alone."

In fact many residents in this area who have moved here from the metro DC area feel that a mass migration of a million or more people on corridor-h would never happen. Simply because it doesn't make sense. The obvious worst case scenerio is a dirty bomb or two goes off in DC and sends hundreds of thousands scattering, or even another airplane terrorist attack... much of the surrounding northern Virginia area would absorb the intial flow of people. Plus as this report says, most people will take 66 west and then shoot north or south on 81, 70 west, 50 west, 64 west, 95 south, etc.

I have to agree with the sentiment of this area. There isn't enough room, supplies, or ammenties to handle more than a few thousand people during a major emergency. There is no infrastructure in place. Also residents are fearful that we would be nothing more than a 'backup area for DC' and not be our own folks, area, communities, etc.

If you think about it, it's not like there is any major reason for WV to be a home to evacuees. Hurricanes? Not as bad as Lousiania. We get tropical left overs. Flooding? Not bad enough to take out all of DC. Any other natural disasters? Not really. The only thing close would be a 'major' terrorist attack in the form of bombs or a rogue nation shooting missles. Even then, look at NYC on 9/11. There was no draining of population out of NYC when the greatest manmade terriorist attack on our soil ever took place.

So really, WV is being honest as that report says, that we can't handle that many evacuee's. On top of that, the general consensus in this state is that unless the entire eastern seaboard is bombed off the continental US, there isn't going to be any event to spark a mass exodus extending from Ocean City to Leesburg. I wish people would think before they speak (referring to the absurd politicians).
POWPOW
June 27, 2006
Member since 05/10/2005 🔗
124 posts
I think they should hire Jesco White (the dancing outlaw) to run thier disaster department.
jimmy
June 27, 2006
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
2,650 posts
yo POWPOW how u bin,jessco is the man. Free american government cheese, dom peringon and a tube of testors, a hillbilly icon.
POWPOW
June 28, 2006
Member since 05/10/2005 🔗
124 posts
Quote:

yo POWPOW how u bin,jessco is the man. Free american government cheese, dom peringon and a tube of testors, a hillbilly icon.




Doing good Jimmy, been laying low here for a while ,been kayaking ALOT!!!
jimmy
July 3, 2006
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
2,650 posts
So who's disaster are we supposed to be prepared for? This sounds like someone else's disaster not West by God's. If the refugees, oops , evacuees want us to be prepared to receive them, then let them help us prepare, or better yet, maybe find another place that's better prepared to help them, Picayune is nice this time of year??

"Spears said the state admitted it was not prepared to handle a flood of evacuees if disaster or terrorist attacks hit the East Coast."
yellowsnow
July 5, 2006
Member since 12/15/2005 🔗
267 posts
Speaking of Jesco...here are both videos of the Dancing Outlaw himself.
http://www.juliescoggins.com/dancing_outlaw_page.htm
tgd
July 5, 2006
Member since 07/15/2004 🔗
585 posts
The story of DC's mass exodus to West VA is growing legs - just posted today on two of the DC area's local news websites:

http://www.nbc4.com/news/9470867/detail.html

same story - different network...
http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0706/341894.html

The news release is for a conference to be hosted at the Canaan Valley Resort sometime this summer. West Virginia feels its number one Homeland Security problem is how to handle a mass evacuation of the DC area to the state. The location in Canaan Valley was chosen in part to give attendees a feel for the condition of roads and quality of cell phone service potential evacuees could experience. Well, the cell phone service is pretty decent in the Valley - that leaves Corridor H. Sounds like a solution looking for a problem.

Tom
KevR
July 5, 2006
Member since 01/27/2004 🔗
786 posts
I just spent a week in Pendleton County, in Cherry Grove UnInc, to be precise and near the greater franklin area, including the Navy base there.

There was no cell service for miles around... someone told us it was a black out zone due to the naval installation, not sure.

General facilities, services are far less than most DCers would be accustomed too.

Too bad, I say.

Except we had one guy dislocate his shoulder, we theorized on what to do and finally decided to take him to a hospital which took 45 min to get to.

In theory we should have been able to fix that better ourselves. I saw a thing on TV once that suggested if you were out in the hinterland, one thing to do in that situation would be to lay on a ledge with the bad arm hanging over the edge. Then hold onto as heavy of a weight as you can find (a rock? backpack?) with that arm -- and slowly it will pull back into place.

We didn't try it.

Anyway, as you can see, we aren't any more prepared than anyone else... not really.

I do have a book though: How to Survive on the Land and Sea.

Maybe we could have had that dislocated shoulder fella hold on to that book while dangling his arm over a ledge?
Roger Z
July 5, 2006
Member since 01/16/2004 🔗
2,181 posts
If you don't count "prepared to handle panicked DC residents fleeing into the mountains" (and really, would WV be West-by-God-Virginia if they were waiting for DC residents with open arms (I mean the arms that we hug with, not the ones we shoot with (look, parentheses within parentheses (too many digressions (but I digress))!))), how many states are truly MORE prepared to handle a horrific terrorist attack than WV? There's 1.9 million people there, a significant portion of whom can survive quite comfortably in the woods for a long period of time. With an endless food supply of fleeing DC residents... oops did I just write that... but I guess if we look at it that way WV may be very, very, very prepared to handle a population influx!
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