"The primary purpose of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is to protect life and property. Guided by West Virginia State Code and the West Virginia Emergency Operations Plan, the agency is responsible for disaster preparedness, response and recovery, and mitigation. (Mitigation is the effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people's lives and property through damage prevention and flood insurance.) During state emergencies, this division activates the State Emergency Operations Center to respond to and coordinate materials and assistance needed by county emergency services to protect the lives and property of citizens. County emergency services offices provide direct assistance to citizens. WVDHSEM provides assistance to county emergency services offices. The agency also coordinates the recovery efforts after the disaster with all responsible government agencies. After a federal disaster declaration, the WVDHSEM works closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to administer assistance programs."
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