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Oct. 31, 2012 @ 12:13 AM

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

The Red Cross has deployed more than 1,300 disaster workers to the region from all over the country to help those affected by the storm. There are also shelters set up to help residents.

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 Hurricane Sandy and related storms this week.

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

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.

FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS: Frontier Communications has deployed emergency power to help run 911 centers affected by the hundreds of thousands of power outages in the state.

The company also urges residents to stay away from downed lines and to report them by calling 800-921-8102 (business) or 800-921-8101 (residential).

GUARD ASSISTING WITH RELIEF: Members of the West Virginia National Guard are deployed in counties across the state to assess storm damage and provide assistance, including checking on residents.

The West Virginia National Guard has deployed Liaison Officer Teams in Jefferson, Fayette, Berkeley, Greenbrier, Tucker, Pocahontas, Webster, Hampshire and Grant counties. These teams teams act as the focal point between requests for service from the county emergency management offices and the National Guard.

GENERATOR SAFETY: The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources 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.

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.

The rate for lodge rooms is $44.95 a night at the following resort parks: Blue Licks Battlefield, Jenny Wiley, Carter Caves, Greenbo Lake and Pine Mountain. The rate is $49.95 at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Rates for single-bedroom cottages start at $74.95 a night.

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.