Welcome to the Doddridge County Office of Emergency Management. Our office hours follow the court house and are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The Emergency Manager is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to respond to any incident as needed. There will be times when we are out due to training or meetings, if you need to contact us please do so via email or phone. In this site you will find information on preparedness, floodplain and contact information for the county as well as state and federal agencies. If you have suggestions for improving the site please email them to us. We want to thank you for visiting -
George Eidel, CFM
Doddridge County Emergency Manager and Floodplain Manager
October is Fire Prevention Month!
The goal of Fire Prevention Month (and week October 6th – 12th) is to raise awareness about fire safety and help ensure your home and family is prepared in the event of an emergency.
In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, we celebrate Fire Prevention Week and Month by raising fire safety awareness and educating families, students and communities across the United States. During this month, fire departments educate their communities, and encourage parents and loved ones to practice fire safety and whole home safety. The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2019 campaign for Fire Prevention Month is "Not Every Hero Wears A Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape."
For Fire Prevention Month this year, we are urging families to improve their home’s safety by checking their alarms, testing the alarms regularly and adding reliable protection when replacing expired alarms. We are dedicated to helping protect what matters most because a home emergency can happen at any time and we want you to be prepared.
Fire Prevention Month is the perfect time talk with your whole family about fire safety – include testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarm for hassle-free protection, and escape planning.
3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms
Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan
Carbon monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of accidental death
60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly*
Only 47% of people report having CO alarms in their home
Just 43% of homeowners have an escape plan*
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A NOTE FROM THE FLOODPLAIN MANAGER
Keeping the Floodplain Clear
A Message from The Doddridge County Floodplain Managers Office
The Floodplain refers to the Special Flood Hazard Area, which is the land area covered by floodwaters during the base flood (also known as the 100 year flood or area having a 1% chance of flooding annually). Doddridge County's floodplain has a total of 1964 parcels of land covering 9,484.92 acres. In accordance with the Doddridge County Floodplain Ordinance, a permit is required before any development is done of real property in the floodplain. Development is any man-made change to improved or unimproved real property, including but not limited to buildings or other structure, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations, oil/gas well sites, pipelines, pads, pits, retention ponds or storage of equipment or materials.
If you own property and/or live near a creek or stream it is of vital importance that you keep this area clear of stored material or any debris that might float due to rising flood waters. This material may float downstream and cause a jam in the creek or stream which could cause flooding to the surrounding properties. The community plays a critical role in preventing potential flooding by reducing the hazards in and around their home and property. The Doddridge County Floodplain Ordinance states:
ARTICLE VI – SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Section 6.1 Design and Construction Standards: In order to prevent excessive damage to buildings, structures, and related utilities and facilities, the following restrictions apply to all development, subdivision proposals, manufactured home parks, new construction and to construction of substantial improvements, and the repair of substantial damage, to existing structures occurring in the Floodplain Area.
1. No materials that are buoyant, flammable, explosive, or in times of flooding could be injurious to human, animal or plant life, shall be stored below Base Flood Elevation except for mineral storage properly and wholly within the ground in compliance with other State environmental agency(ies) requirements.
2. Storage of other material or equipment may be allowed if not subject to substantial damage by floods and firmly anchored to prevent flotation or readily removable from the area within the time available after flood warning.
3. Due to the potential of masking the natural elevation and making it more difficult to enforce this Ordinance, material that resembles “fill” material shall not be considered “storage” material for purposes of this subsection.
Those who live within the floodplain who do not keep their properties clear of debris and trash could be in violation of the Doddridge County Floodplain Ordinance leading to fines and other penalties. They can also be subject to fines and penalties from laws related to the WV Division of Highways, the WV Department of Environmental Protection and the WV Department of Natural Resources. If you are not sure if your property lies within the Special Flood Hazard Area you can call the Doddridge County Floodplain Managers Office at (304)873-1343 or you can go online to the WV Flood Tool at http://www.mapwv.gov/flood/ .