The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 16, 2010

Officials answer: Yes, you do have to work during a State of Emergency

“Yes, you still have to go to work,” is the answer officials at the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) give to the most frequently asked question during a State of Emergency. That is unless you and your employer have worked out other arrangements.

During a State of Emergency, travel is not restricted on a statewide basis; local travel restrictions may apply depending on road conditions.

Gov. Joe Manchin declared a statewide State of Emergency on Feb. 5 in anticipation of a winter storm that deposited huge amounts of snow on areas throughout West Virginia. This State of Emergency allows the governor to direct special resources to affected areas that otherwise would not be available.

Unless extended or rescinded by another proclamation by the governor, this State of Emergency is in effect for 30 days or until March 8.

Director of DHSEM Jimmy Gianato urges people to use common sense when evaluating the necessity of travel during this time.

“Stay home if you don’t have to be out on the roads. If you do go out, be prepared in case you end up spending extended time in your vehicle due to road conditions, accidents or other hazards.”

Gianato said if you must travel, be sure to have an emergency kit that includes warm clothes, water, food and blankets. For a complete list of emergency supplies you should have on hand in your car and in your home, visit www.ready .wv.gov.

To find out about road conditions, call l-877-WVA- ROAD (877-982-7623).

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