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Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management


The Upshur County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has partnered with Nixle to implement its Community Notification System to alert residents in real-time for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories. As a resident, there are several simple ways to register:

  1. Text your ZIPCODE to 888777 from your mobile phone
  2. Go to and sign up via the Nixle Widget on the DSHEM page

Once registered, residents will receive a confirmation text to their mobile device. Residents may also customize their alert settings by going to and creating a User Profile. If you were a user of the previous WENS alert system prior to July 1 2022, we have migrated your information to the new system.  If you are uncertain if you signed up previously, simply sign up again by following the above instructions. 

All Alerts will be targeted geographically, allowing residents to receive localized, relevant alerts from the Upshur County DHSEM.  Nixle Alerts can be sent via Text, Email, Voice, Web, Social Media, and the Nixle Mobile App in an instant.  Nixle is partnered with NLETS for unmatched data security, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Blue Alert Network, and Google for unmatched reach and two-way information exchange.



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.


Our office provides information and training to help individuals and organizations plan and prepare for emergency and disaster situations.  For more information, follow this link.


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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