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Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management


This system will be used to disperse important community messages such as: weather issues, utility issues, courthouse closures, traffic issues, and more.  Messages can be issued via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, email, TDD/TTY and social media when an urgent county alert needs to be communicated. You choose which Emergency Alerts & Notifications you would like to receive.

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The Upshur County DHSEM maintains a list of individuals who may need assistance during an emergency situation. This information is only shared with other emergency service agencies (local fire departments, law enforcement, emergency medical services, 911) as needed. This information allows the agencies to better prepare to respond to the community.

If you or someone you know has a mental or physical impairment, or may need assistance in an emergency situation, encourage them to register with our office. 

Additional information about the registry can be found by clicking here.


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Stephen C. Wykoff, Director
Derek V. Long, Deputy Director

181 Pallottine Drive
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Phone: (304) 472-4983
Fax: (304) 472-6539

Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Mission Statement
The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is committed to an “All Hazards” approach to planning, protection, response, mitigation and recovery coordination of any incidents which may impact the safety or general welfare of the citizens of Upshur County.

 Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Objectives

  • Coordinate emergency management activities for Upshur County
  • Strengthen the county’s ability to effectively and efficiently mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of natural and man-made emergencies/disasters
  • Maintain and update the county’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
  • Maintain and operate the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Coordinate local, state and federal government response and recovery operations during a major emergency or disaster
  • Provide timely and accurate public emergency notifications
  • Ensure compliance with NIMS (National Incident Management System) and other Federal and State mandates
  • Provide assistance and support to all public safety agencies, government entities and private sector partners through planning, training and exercising