UPDATE: Victory Assembly of God church in Lewis County and Grafton City Hospital will have cooling stations open to beat the heat

Published: Jul. 18, 2019 at 4:48 PM EDT
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UPDATE 7/19/2019 @ 6:30 p.m.

The cooling center opened at the Grafton City Hospital is one of a few in the area designed for anyone to beat the heat.

"We met internally and thought it was a great thing to offer to the community," said Hospital CEO Patrick Shaw. "We try to reach out in those manners, talked internally, and got it going."

The cooling center there is free for the entire community and is open through Sunday around 6 p.m.

"There are no parameters on who can and can't be here," Shaw said. "We welcome everyone to be here."

Grafton resident John Ford said a primary concern for him during these hot days isn't himself. It's his kids.

"I like to keep a cooler of water in the car," Ford said. "I keep it on ice in the back seat. It keeps them hydrated."

He says all parents should make sure their kids are staying cool, especially if they have to go outside for extended periods of time.

"On a hot day, their wrists and neck," Ford said. "Always cool water on the writs and neck. I try to keep them in the shade. Never put them in a hot car, windows up and stuff like that."

UPDATE 7/19/2019 @ 12:53 p.m.

The Victory Assembly of God church in Lewis County will have a cooling station, according to their Facebook page.

They plan to have snacks and water available and will be showing family movies for the children.

UPDATE 7/19/2019 @ 10:12 a.m.

A cooling station will be open at the Grafton City Hospital, according to the Grafton City Hospital's Facebook page.


Emergency management offices in Randolph, Harrison, Gilmer, Upshur, Marion, Preston and Lewis Counties say they do not plan on opening cooling stations in the area unless asked for or there is an emergency.

Emergency Management offices in the area say that it will only take a few minutes to set up cooling stations if needed.

Temperatures will be in the 90s, but it will feel like it's in the 100s on Friday and Saturday.

Officials say that you should stay hydrated, stay in air conditioned rooms, to stay out of the sun, check on relatives and neighbors and remember to keep your pets safe.