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Gloucester, Mathews counties prepared with shelter in case of emergency

Emergency preparedness is a year-round endeavor, whether it’s mapping hurricanes or snowstorms.

“We are open for business, 24/7,” said C. Creig Moore, Gloucester’s emergency manager.

And Mathews is getting ready as well, emergency services coordinator Dave Burns said, with Thomas Hunter Middle School, equipped with cots and even a pet shelter, available when needed.

The main shelter in Gloucester is at Peasley Middle School, which is the lone school which has 100 percent generation in case of a power failure, Moore said. Another advantage to using Peasley, he said, is that it is only yards away from Bethel Elementary School, which doesn’t have a generator but can accommodate an overflow of several hundred people.

Peasley is also a state certified pet shelter. Persons coming to the shelter can bring dogs and cats, Moore said, with the county’s Animal Control Office in charge of the pet shelter. People should bring food, bedding, medicines and othe...

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