Freedom of Information

It is the policy of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) to implement the FOIA uniformly and consistently and to provide maximum allowable disclosure of agency records upon request by any individual.
All requests for information from the Division, must be via the FOIA process and submitted in writing via mail, fax, or email. Upon receipt of a request satisfying the requirements of the FOIA, records may be disclosed unless they are protected by one or more of the FOIA exemptions or exclusions in §29B-1-4  and are not appropriate for discretionary disclosure under any other Federal or State Law. Requests will be processed within the time limits defined by the FOIA.
The Director of DHSEM is the official custodian of records for the Division. Persons may make official requests for records available under FOIA from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management by:
  • Submitting the request in writing  to Custodian of Records, West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 1703 Coonskin Drive, Charleston WV 25311 via mail, 304-344-4538 via fax, or via email.  
  • Requesting with reasonably specificicity information being sought to help us locate the information you are seeking.
  • Indicating whether you are requesting copies or an in-person inspection of records (Note: The Law allows for the charging of reasonable fees to cover copying costs)

Upon a receipt of a FOIA request, the Division will respond in one of the following ways:

(1) Furnish copies of the requested information;

(2) Advise the person making the request of the time and place at which he or she may inspect and copy the materials; or

(3) Deny the request stating in writing the reasons for such denial. A denial shall indicate that the responsibility of the custodian of any public records or public body to produce the requested records or documents is at an end, and shall afford the person requesting them the opportunity to institute proceedings for injunctive or declaratory relief in the circuit court in the county where the public record is kept.