Pulaski County shelter serves meals today; issues clean-up info
Pulaski County has released the following information:
We will continue to operate an emergency shelter at New River Community College – Edwards Hall. This shelter is staffed by Social Service employees and Red Cross volunteers. Plans are to serve two meals on Tuesday – lunch at Noon and dinner at 6 pm. Residents are asked to bring some basic living amenities to make their stay more comfortable. There are no pets allowed at this shelter.
The Public Service Authority has extended the hours of the citizen drop site centers in Pulaski, Dublin, and Fairlawn from 8 am – 7 pm all week. Citizens can also take their debris to the Regional Landfill on Rt. 100. The PSA will pay for the first 4 tons of waste dropped off at the landfill.
Citizens needing some services or a break from the heat can also visit one the county libraries (located in Dublin and Pulaski) to access computers and comfortably read amongst other activities.
For more information and requests for assistance, please call 540-994-2602 between 8 am – 5 pm. In efforts to compile comprehensive structural damage information, we ask that citizens to call 540-994-2602. This information will be used for reporting purposes only.
To report a power outage or check on the status of an outage, please call AEP at 800-956-4237.
General safety information includes the following tips from the State Department of Emergency Management:
• Check on your neighbors, family members and friends to make sure they have a cool place to go if their power is out.
• Keep cool in an air-conditioned area. Spending at least two hours per day in air conditioning significantly reduces the number of heat-related illnesses. Consider a trip to the mall, local library or visit a friend with air conditioning.
• During extreme temperatures, fans by themselves are not enough to prevent heat related illnesses. When temperatures are in the upper 90s or above, fans may not prevent heat-related illnesses.
• Cold baths or showers can help cool you down.
• Drink plenty of cool, nonalcoholic fluids, 2-4 glasses of cool fluids each hour, regardless of your activity level. To replace salt and minerals lost from sweating, drink fruit juices or sports beverages.
• Keep a close eye on the weather and listen to local media for forecasts and local officials for information about your area.
• Those with immediate need for shelter, food or water should check with local social services departments, county or city governments or American Red Cross.
• Never leave children or pets in cars. Temperatures inside a car can reach more than 150 degrees quickly, resulting in heat stroke and death.
Avoid sunburn and wear light clothing. Sunburn limits your body’s ability to keep itself cool and causes loss of body fluids. Use sunscreen with a higher SPF. Lighter-weight clothing that is loose fitting and light colored is more comfortable during extreme temperatures. Use a hat to keep the head cool.
Here’s a round-up of storm-related news around the New River Valley:
TODAY’S STORM COVERAGE:
* Regional storm coverage and updates from roanoke.com
* Round-up of storm news around the New River Valley
GENERAL STORM RESOURCES
* Weather journalist Kevin Myatt has storm updates on the Weather Journal
* Health department issues tips on food safety following power outages
* Food writer Lindsey Nair offers tips on how to deodorize a refrigerator or freezer after power outage
PREVIOUS STORM COVERAGE:
* JulY 2: Details released on storm-related death in Montgomery County
* July 2: Pulaski County moves cooling center to New River Community College
* July 1: Regional storm coverage and updates from The Roanoke Times for July 1
* July 1: Pulaski County gives update on storm response
* July 1: Christiansburg continues clean-up
* July 1: Blacksburg sets heat record
* June 30: Regional coverage and updates from The Roanoke Times for June 30
* June 30: Montgomery County declares emergency, shelters open
* June 30: Pulaski County opens shelters
* June 30: Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, issues statement on the storm
* June 30: Gov. Bob McDonnell declares state of emergency
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