SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WNCN) — With power not expected to return for days in Moore County, churches, state governments and fire stations have started opening their doors to help in whatever ways they can.
Power went out Saturday night due to intentional vandalism from gunfire directed at electrical substations, county officials said. More than 30,000 people were without power as of Monday morning.
Southern Pines Police Department
Police have opened the C. Michael Haney Community Room. The room can be used by the public to charge electronic devices and get out of the cold. Anyone planning on making use of the room will need to check in at the dispatch window with a staff member. The department is located at 450 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
First Baptist Church of Pinehurst
The disaster recovery organization, NC Baptists on Mission, are offering free warm showers, laundry services, as well as making more than 3,000 meals to be distributed from mobile kitchens starting Tuesday morning. Inside the church, people can charge electronics, get food and warm up.
Southern Pines Public Library
The library was scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as another place for warmth and power. The building does not have internet, but does have power. The library said librarians will be present with snacks, drinks and board games. Visitors can read books while in the building, but cannot check out material due to the lack of internet. The library is at 170 W. Connecticut Ave.
Moore County Sports Complex
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for people seeking refuge from the cold or a safe place to stay. The public is also welcome to charge devices there. The emergency shelter is operating at the Moore County Sports Complex at 155 Hillcrest Park in Carthage.
New Covenant Fellowship
New Covenant Fellowship in Vass is offering a number of resources for community members. Anyone in need of a hot shower, wifi, or power is welcome to their location at 1305 Hulsey Road in Carthage. The church said anyone who needs a place to keep their children entertained or even cook a warm meal for themselves is welcome.
Pinebluff Fire and Rescue
Pinebluff Fire and Rescue has bottled water and an area for people to charge their phones. They opened their doors 10 a.m. Monday. The department is located at 580 S. Walnut St. in Pinebluff.
Aberdeen Fire & Rescue Department and Aberdeen Police Department
Both the Aberdeen Fire and Rescue Department and its Police Department are open for the public to charge electronic devices. The fire station is located at 800 Holly St. The police department is at 804 N. Sandhills Blvd. Its police department is reminding people to bring their own charging cords and bricks.
Pinehurst Fire Department
Pinehurst Fire Station 91 is open for people to charge electronic devices. The station will be open all week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 405 Magnolia Road in Pinehurst for those in need.
Eagle Springs Baptist Church
In Eagle Spring, the church is opening its fellowship hall for the public. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 460 Eagle Springs Road, the church is allowing people to use their wifi, charge electronics or just seek warmth. Hot coffee is also available to those who stop in.