CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice issued a State of Preparedness for all 55 counties in West Virginia on Sunday ahead of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, following the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service.
Hurricane Ida is forecast to hit the Gulf Coast later today as a Category Four storm, with remnants predicted to reach the Mountain State by Tuesday evening and then tracking northeast through Thursday.
“Due to the magnitude of Hurricane Ida and the rainfall amounts predicted for West Virginia, I have ordered our state agencies to prepare to respond immediately if necessary,” Gov. Justice said. “We’re ready to provide all possible resources should flooding or other weather incidents occur.”
Coordinating agencies are now on standby to report to the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) should the need arise. For the duration of this event, the NWS will hold daily briefings with state leaders and emergency management personnel.
The SEOC is currently at an “Enhanced Watch” level in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is ready for full activation should it be ordered.
Performing around-the-clock monitoring of weather and water levels in rivers and streams, the West Virginia Emergency Management Division’s (EMD) Watch Center will notify leaders if local emergency management agencies request assistance.
“With the Governor’s State of Preparedness, our partner agencies and county emergency managers are on standby to respond,” said EMD Deputy Director Greg Fuller. “EMD remains at the ready to provide all possible resources to protect the lives and property of our citizens. In addition to our Enhanced Watch due to COVID-19, we continue our mission by coordinating the state’s response to severe weather or any other threat.”
All West Virginians should remain attentive to weather conditions through local media reports and be sure to follow any instructions issued by emergency officials.
For updates, follow the West Virginia Emergency Management Division on social media at https://www.facebook.com/WVEMD/ and https://twitter.com/WVEMD.
Join us August 13 & 14, 2021 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. for the Ceredo Farmers Market!
GARBAGE PICK-UP WILL OCCUR AS REGULARLY SCHEDULED ON MONDAY, JULY 5, 2021. PLEASE HAVE CANS SET OUT NO LATER THAN 7:00 AM FOR PICK-UP.
Join us Saturday, June 19, 2021 for the 20th Annual Ceredo Antique Car Show & the Start of the Farmers Market.
Car Show – Ceredo Plaza – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Farmers Market – Mitch Stadium – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
By SARAH INGRAM HD Media Jan 6, 2021
CEREDO — Seniors of Ceredo will have a new place to hang out and work out after the opening of the new Ceredo Senior Wellness Center, set for the end of January.
Ceredo Mayor Paul Billups said the old Ceredo Elementary School had been sitting empty for too long, and he is excited to bring new life to the space for community members to enjoy.
“The Board of Education vacated it, and we took our time to decide what the best community use for it was and we decided that a senior wellness center would be the most value out of our dollar and provide the most to the public,” he said.
The facility includes rooms for Zumba, Silver Sneakers workouts, cardio and weight lifting workouts, pickleball and cornhole, a lounge area and a meeting room.
There is also a room dedicated to the Golden Girl Group Home for workout equipment and a practice area for the Ceredo Alumni Band, and Billups said they plan to set up a recreation area outside for use during warmer weather.
Billups said there will be a small membership fee, but it will not be too expensive. He also said there will be precautions taken while COVID-19 is still prominent in the area, but he believes the center will be able to utilize the facility completely in the future.
“This is all dependent on COVID; we’re going to take precautions and have hand sanitizer and everything we need to do to keep people safe,” he added. “Now, with this vaccine that could be available soon, that will hopefully open up some more possibilities and free range for this place and the people, so we just have to be patient.”
Community members Barry and Rhonda Scragg said they are looking forward to the opening of the wellness center and said it will be a great place for seniors to spend time.
“The mayor of Ceredo is saving the senior citizens that still care about fitness,” Barry Scragg said. “We have nowhere else to go, but the mayor and everyone is stepping up to give us a nice place to exercise and be together.”
The construction of the wellness center has been a low-cost project, according to Billups, who said a lot of the funding came from a special levy with funds meant specifically for community development projects and the donation of all the exercise equipment from the C-K Community Center. Additionally, he said there have been a lot of volunteers who have assisted in bringing the center together.
Ceredo’s maintenance supervisor, Dustin Long, has helped with the construction and said a lot of the labor comes from Ceredo’s public service employees. He said they have dedicated a lot of time to the space, and he thinks it will be a good spot for community members to enjoy and be proud of.
“Any spare time we have, we spend it here. These guys come in here and get work done while also keeping up with other projects in town,” Long said. “And it is something for the residents to be proud of. It can be beneficial for everyone, whether they want to work out or just meet up with people.”
Billups said they started thinking about creating the space just this summer and construction started around seven weeks ago. With the planned opening set for mid-January, he said the building had a good foundation and they just had to make a few changes.
In addition to moving in exercise equipment, Long said workers have been repainting rooms, resetting floors and replacing windows to allow more natural light in.
Online shopping has become more of a necessity lately rather than an occasional luxury. Naturally, this opens more opportunities for scammers to take advantage of the situation to fool consumers into giving out their personal information. This type of scheme also happens frequently during the holiday season.
How the Scam Works
A call, email or text from someone claiming to be a mail carrier or a parcel delivery service saying that they were unable to deliver a package to your home. If you don’t remember ordering anything that needs to be delivered, the caller may try to convince you the package is a gift from a friend or relative. The caller may sound friendly and professional, making the scam harder to spot. The email messages also look legitimate – containing official logos and using professional language.
However, things get suspicious quickly. The caller will ask you to verify personal information or give them your credit card information to reschedule the delivery. Email messages may ask you to click on a tracking link for your mystery package. When you click, you may download malware onto your computer that gives con artists access to any personal information and passwords. No matter the method of contact, the package doesn’t exist. Sharing your personal information puts you at risk for identity theft.
How to Avoid Package Delivery Scams
- Be wary of unsolicited communications. Package delivery companies will never contact customers unsolicited via telephone call or text. Instead, depending on the carrier and if the customer signed up for notifications, an email may be sent within a secure online account.
- Track all packages. Keep track of online purchases and expected deliveries. Request tracking numbers in anticipation of when they’ll arrive. This makes it difficult for scammers to fool with the claim of a fake package delivery.
- Never give personal information to strangers. Even when the caller is friendly, always use caution when asked for personal information. Hang up, look up the official customer service number, and directly contact the company to confirm their request. Whenever possible, use the customer service contact information or chat function within the account at the company.
- Never click on links in unsolicited emails. Links in emails can download malware onto your device. Don’t click links in emails from people you don’t know or from companies you haven’t done business with or have asked to be contacted by. Be wary of official-looking email; popular brands can easily be spoofed.
For More Information
Stay one step ahead of scammers by subscribing to BBB’s weekly Scam Alert emails.
If you’ve been the victim of a phishing scam like this one, report it on the BBB.org/ScamTracker. Your report can help others protect themselves from similar cons.
Town Hall and all Town offices and services will be closed, Thursday, November 26, 2020 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Offices will reopen Friday at 8am. Trash service will be delayed one day and will be picked up Friday, November 27th.
PLEASE BE AWARE of the following! It has recently come to our attention that a company known as Doxo, Inc., which is NOT affiliated with Ceredo Water Works or the Town of Ceredo, is using the Town of Ceredo logo, contact information, and reputation to market its online bill payment service to potential customers. We are not in partnership with Doxo, Inc. We have asked Doxo, Inc. to remove our logo and any reference to our company from their site. Furthermore, we do not require that customers use Doxo’s services, or any other 3rd party services like Doxo, to pay utility bills. Ceredo Water Works already offers secure online bill pay from our website. If you enjoy the convenience of online bill pay, please make sure you access the Ceredo Water Works payment portal by clicking the “PAYMENT PORTAL” link on the top of our website. Furthermore, we cannot guarantee payments made through Doco, Inc. will arrive on time. Regardless of when you made a payment to Doxo, Inc., your payment will be applied when we receive the payment from them. Payments received after the due date will incur late fees. Visit our website at ceredowv.gov. At Ceredo Water Works, our Customers and their security are of the utmost importance to us. We promise to continually look out for you and quickly relay important information. Please contact our office if you have any questions at 304-453-4675.