<em>Governor urges all West Virginians to take steps to say safe during potential severe weather<\/em>\r\n \r\nGov. Earl Ray Tomblin has issued a statewide \u201cState of Preparedness,\u201d mobilizing state resources to help keep West Virginians safe during potential severe weather.\r\n\r\n\u201cSnow and ice are thawing and melting across the state, heavy rainfall is predicted for many areas, and large amounts of snow could follow,\u201d Gov. Tomblin said. \u201cBecause this severe weather may affect many people across the state, I have issued a statewide State of Preparedness to mobilize state resources, including the West Virginia National Guard, to address heavy rainfall, potential flooding, high winds and additional winter weather forecasted this week. \r\n\r\n\u201cAs you make preparedness plans, I encourage you to talk to your family about what to do and where to go. Remember to check on the elderly and your neighbors and consider a plan to care for household pets.\u201d\r\n\r\nGov. Tomblin also noted potential weather may leave neighborhoods without power and other utilities, and service providers are ready to address outages and other issues as they arise. He encouraged residents to think about the items families may need to stay safe for at least forty-eight hours, including food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries and fuel for generators.\r\n\r\nThe State of Preparedness statute was passed last year to allow the governor to mobilize necessary resources in advance of predicted severe weather or large-scale threats. The powers are similar to those involved in a State of Emergency but allow for additional preparations in advance of the expected event.