Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 2, 2012

Community organizations set up cooling, supply stations

PRINCETON — Rescue squads, food pantries and organizations across the two Virginia’s have thrown open their doors to help provide supplies, cooling stations and shelters to residences without power.

In Mercer County, the Bluefield Union mission will be providing supplies and meals to residents without power during the day. Two cooling stations have been set up in Princeton. The Princeton Rescue Squad will be open 24/7 while the Chuck Mathena Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow residents to cool off and charge electronics.

For McDowell County residents, the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank in Kimball is operating as a cooling station during the day and will be providing supplies to residents in need. Water is also being provided to residents today at Kimball Elementary School, but residents must bring their own containers.

Monroe County residents in need of urgent care can report to the Monroe County Health Center between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Two cooling stations will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Monroe County at the Union Senior Center and Lindside Senior Center.

The Giles County Rescue Squad in Pearisburg, Va., will be open from noon until 9 p.m. for urgent care patients. Two cooling stations are also open in Pembroke, Va. The Pembroke Fire Department will be open from noon to 9 p.m. for residents without power. The God’s House Church in Pembroke, Va., will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. providing cooling and free showers to residents.

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