While it is prepared to respond to the state's request, Herrick said FEMA wouldn't compete with retailers for commodities, such as water.
"If we're giving something away for free, it obviously has a huge impact on the private sector," Herrick said.
For now, the state will continue to fulfill county requests for water, Messina said.
Bottled water will be distributed Friday at the following locations:
• Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, parking lot off Washington and Reynolds streets, noon to 5 p.m.
• Witcher Creek Fire and Ambulance Station, behind Witcher Creek Exxon, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Madison Volunteer Fire Department, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Additional sites in Kanawha County will be open Saturday and Sunday, Sayre said. Those will be announced Friday afternoon.
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