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Greenbrier county prepares for emergency

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RAINELLE, W. Va (WVVA)-- As the storm predicts between three inches and over twenty four inches of snow for Greenbrier County, residents are stocking up on supplies and preparing for the worst.

Convenience store owners told WVVA people have been flocking in to buy the essentials-- milk, bread, propane, and even kerosene.

Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management director, Al Whitaker, says there will be several shelters open if there is a power outage or if the interstate shuts down. 

If you live in Greenbrier County and want to know which shelters are open or near you, you can call 304-646-5260.

Whitaker stressed the shelters will not open until conditions take a turn for the worse, but "you can always call an emergency number and we will assist you in any way we can."

Whitaker also said the county issued a local state of emergency on Monday evening. He recommends that after tonight, residents stay at home until the storm is over.

"Run out to the store and get supplies so you can be prepared, if you haven't done so," he adds, "before it gets too bad to safely be out."

Citizens are asked to report power outages to the power company. As far as Monday evening, no roads were closed but residents are warned about potential power outages.

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