Governor Declares State Of Emergency To Ensure WV Is Prepared For Hurricane Ike
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin this evening has signed a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in preparation for fallout from Hurricane Ike, which is threatening Texas' Gulf Coast.
The declaration allows West Virginia to have in place emergency response mechanisms to help assist with hurricane relief. It also automatically activates the state's anti-price-gouging protections on items such as gas.
"If people are caught price gouging, they will face stiff penalties," Manchin said. "By signing this order, I'm giving us the tools we need to respond to the emergency, but I also hope all businesses get the message that unfair competition and price gouging will not be tolerated in West Virginia," Manchin said.
Any person, contractor, business, or other entity found to have violated any such price gauging provisions within the period of this State of Emergency shall be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Source: West Virginia Governor's Office
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