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The Telegram
  • Red Cross opening cooling stations

  • Mohawk Valley residents who need a break from this week’s heat wave can visit one of two cooling stations the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened in Utica and Herkimer.

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  • Mohawk Valley residents who need a break from this week’s heat wave can visit one of two cooling stations the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened in Utica and Herkimer.
    Residents can visit either the Mohawk Valley Chapter office at 1415 Genesee St., Utica, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, or the Frank J. Basloe Library, 245 N. Main St., Herkimer, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
    Both facilities are air-conditioned, and Red Cross volunteers and staff members will provide water and snacks for residents who visit the cooling stations.
    The stations are scheduled to be opened until 5 p.m. Friday. If the heat wave continues, the Red Cross will determine the need for the stations and proceed accordingly.
    “If you don’t have access to air conditioning, we urge you to visit one of our cooling stations to get out of the heat,” said Jennifer Balog, community chapter executive of the Mohawk Valley Chapter. “We also recommend that you follow our heat wave safety tips so you know how to avoid heat-related illness."
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