Severe Weather Awareness Kick-Off News Conference


Media Advisory
CONTACT:       Tony Edwards, Warning Coordination Meteorologist                       
NOAA National Weather Service Charleston, WV
Phone: 304-746-0173 Ext. 223
WHAT:            West Virginia Severe Weather Awareness Week Kick-Off News Conference
WHERE:           Harrison County Emergency Management Agency
                          735 Genesis Boulevard, Bridgeport West Virginia
WHEN:            12:00 PM EDT Monday, March 18, 2019
Seventy-five years ago, a tornado created “indescribable havoc” as it tore a path 60 miles long across northern West Virginia, killing over 100 people in the process.  The town of Shinnston in Harrison County was especially hard hit.  This event should serve as a reminder that large, deadly tornadoes have happened in the past in West Virginia, and they will happen again.
Governor Jim Justice has signed a proclamation designating March 18-22, 2019, as Severe Weather Awareness Week across West Virginia.  The March 18th Kick-Off News Conference will provide an overview of the historic “Shinnston” Tornado, and increase awareness of the Statewide Tornado Safety Drill, which will take place across the state on Tuesday March 19th.  Speakers will also discuss what is being done locally and statewide to prepare for future severe weather events.
Speakers will include officials from the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Harrison County Emergency Management, National Weather Service and WDTV-TV.

Contact Information

Lora Lipscomb, WVDHSEM Public Information Officer