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Staffing the shelters
If area localities have to open hurricane shelters, the Rappahannock Chapter of the American Red Cross will provide volunteers. The local chapter has about 80 trained shelter workers, said Director Phyllis McBride. Some of those volunteers are in Louisa, helping in the aftermath of the earthquake. But 25 volunteers have already committed to helping with hurricane shelters, she said.
McBride asked area residents to listen to the radio. All area stations will be informed if shelters open. She hopes to know by late tomorrow or early Saturday whether the shelters will be necessary. Each locality makes its own decision on shelters.
She also suggested residents have water–a gallon per person per day, a battery-operated radio and a flashlight handy.