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Storm news in brief

Nov. 01, 2012 @ 11:40 PM

AMERICAN RED CROSS: The American Red Cross is working throughout West Virginia to provide relief for the superstorm that has dumped snow on much of the state.

To find a shelter or donate to the Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

SALVATION ARMY: Nationwide, the Salvation Army is providing support, including food, hydration and cleanup kits.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, "Yes." At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief.

GOP COLLECTING DONATIONS: The Wayne County Republican Headquarters in Ceredo will accept donations to help those affected by storms this week.

The headquarters, located at 304 Main St., will accept donations from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, said Randy Tomblin, candidate for the West Virgnia House of Delegates District 19.

Non-perishable items such as bottled water and canned goods are requested, and proceeds will go to the American Red Cross relief effort. For more information, call Mark R. Maynard at 304-360-6272.

DOWNED LINES: Officials are reminding people to stay away from downed lines. Here are phone numbers to contact for downed lines:

Appalachian Power: 800-982-4237 or www.appalachianpower.com.

Frontier Communications: 800-921-8102 (business) or 800-921-8101 (residential).

CHAINSAW SAFETY: The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is reminding people to use proper safety equipment, such as hard hat, safety glasses, ear plugs, work gloves, chaps and boots, when using a chainsaw. It also urges people to be on the lookout for downed lines before using a chainsaw on downed trees or limbs.

AVOIDING EXERTION: The DHHR is reminding residents to avoid excessive exertion that can lead to heart attacks as wind speeds increase. It also urges that those working outdoors need to dress appropriately for the weather.

Adults and children should wear a hat; a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth; sleeves that are snug at the wrist; mittens (they are warmer than gloves); water-resistant coat and boots; and several layers of loose-fitting clothing.

DO NOT USE CARS AS WARMING STATIONS: West Virginia DHHR is reminding people to avoid using cars as warming stations due to possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Even vehicles with catalytic converters can produce substantial amounts of carbon monoxide if they are left idling in an enclosed space such as a closed garage or if there are exhaust system leaks.

GENERATOR SAFETY: The DHHR is urging residents to use caution when using gasoline generators, gas or charcoal grills and camp stoves during extensive power outages.

Those devices can create carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that can cause sudden illness and death if present in sufficient concentration in the ambient air. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and altered mental status. Get fresh air immediately and call 911 if you suspect that you or a family member has carbon monoxide poisoning.

More information about CO is available online at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/co_guidance.asp.

KROGER SPONSORING FOOD DRIVE: Kroger and the West Virginia Lottery are teaming up to collect food for the hungry through the GIve and Win Food Drive.

From Nov. 5 to 9, people who donate a nonperishable canned food can receive a free West Virginia Lottery promotional ticket. Donations will be sent to the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway, the Huntington Area Food Bank and Union Mission Family Services in Charleston.

KENTUCKY STATE PARKS: Kentucky State Parks are offering special rates at some lodges and cottages through Sunday, Nov. 4, for travelers displaced due to severe weather.

Guests who require lodging should call to inquire about the emergency shelter rate as well as availability and for reservations. More information about Kentucky State Parks is available at www.parks.ky.gov.