The Governor’s Office on Wednesday released its “after action review” of last year’s derecho — a rather ironic move, given the severe weather recently predicted for the Mountain State — and found the state was ill-prepared for the June 29, 2012 storm that more than a million West Virginians in the dark.
The report includes recommendations for state agencies and municipalities, as well as private businesses. Basically, reviewers found West Virginia needs 1. back-up communication methods, 2. a better way to keep the public informed during emergencies and 3. generators. Lots of generators.
Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye also talked to me yesterday about some of the lessons the company learned after last year’s storm, which he said was the worst in the company’s history.
In other news…
- State Sen. Bill Cole, R-Mercer, has decided he will not for Congress. Cole was expected to challenge Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., in next year’s midterm elections. His decision to stay out of the race leaves Republicans without any candidates in the race for West Virginia’s 3rd District House of Representatives seat. State Party Chairman Conrad Lucas said at least three people have expressed interest in running against Rahall since Cole’s announcement, however.
- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is meeting more opposition for his plan to close loopholes in the country’s gun purchase background check system. The National Rifle Association, which once supported Manchin, has rolled out a new television ad attacking him.
- Delegates will meet in Charleston next Tuesday to vote for a new Speaker of the House.
- John Raese‘s West Virginia Radio Corp. doesn’t plan to bid on West Virginia University’s media rights contract, the Dominion Post reports, but still wants North Carolina-based IMG College disqualified from the bidding process.
- We’ve heard a lot about Sean Dunne’s film “Oxyana,” a documentary focused on prescription pill abuse in Oceana, W.Va. that U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin recently called “a work of fiction.” But up ’til now, few people have actually seen the film. “Oxyana” will be released July 1 on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download.
Now for some Sesquicentennial news…
- Next Thursday is West Virginia Day and the state’s 150th birthday. To celebrate, a special 3D film will be screened on the Capitol. That’s right, not just at the Capitol. On the Capitol. Click here to read Candace Nelson’s story about it.
- First lady Joanne Tomblin debuted the state’s annual Christmas ornament on Wednesday.
- Check out this story for a list of sesquicentennial events around the state.
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