Belmont County EMA Says If Your Air Conditioning Goes Out, Call For Help & They’ll Activate Cooling Shelters

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In Belmont County, temperatures were in the 90s by mid morning.

And the county was under a heat advisory all day.

That’s why the Belmont County EMA has cooling centers on stand-by, ready to open their doors at a moment’s notice.

EMA officials say if your power or your air conditioning goes out, don’t suffer in silence.

Call 911 and tell them you need to be in a cooling center.

In minutes, EMA officials will make some calls, and get you a place to chill out.

“Basically we’ve got them scattered all over the county, so at any given point we could probably have 15 or 20 different locations opened up,” said Dave Ivan, EMA director. “But we’re not talking about a three-course dinner here. There will be something to drink and something to munch on.”

There are cooling centers from Barnesville to Colerain and from Powhatan to Centerville.

Most of them are in church fellowship halls or fire halls.

A cooling center offers a free and comfortable place to relax during the heat wave.

They say in this extreme heat, this is no time to be brave, frugal or independent.

If your air conditioning goes out, don’t wait.

Call 911 and ask them to contact the EMA, and they’ll activate a cooling center in your area.

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