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The summer heat is taking full effect. As KSMU’s Scott Butler reports, some may need a source for ice cold water and fresh cold air.
(Water pouring into a cup)
As one woman pours fresh water into a plastic cup, others sit down and rest inside the Cooling Center at the Salvation Army. The lobby is acting as a refuge for whoever needs to cool off or get some fresh water.
Major Norman Grainger is the manager at the Salvation Army.
“Throughout the year, the Salvation Army sponsors a lot of needs. The way we respond by having an extreme weather shelter in the summer, and [if] we have an extreme weather situation like this, we will open our doors," he said.
Katie Towns-Jeter, the spokesperson for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said that as the heat bears down, all people need to take precautions to avoid any heat-related illness.
“First and foremost, drink plenty of water. Even if you’re not thirsty, make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. You want to avoid strenuous work or exercise during the hottest part of the day and try, as much as possible, to stay in an air-conditioned facility,” she said.
So, the main focus is to stay cool and be hydrated. If those two things are neglected, a person becomes at greater risk of heat exhaustion, or even worse, heat stroke.
“The way that you know people are having a heat stroke are often times they will become very disoriented, they will be very fatigued and grow pale, and their skin will become dry. If that is the case, that person needs medical attention immediately, so want to call 911 or get them to a medical facility as quickly as possible,” she said.
The Salvation Army can provide water and air conditioning for anyone who needs it. Grainger said his organization is providing lunch for senior citizens as well.
The City Utilities Transit system is also providing free transportation to the cooling center. The riders will need to ask the bus drivers to take them there.
For KSMU News, I’m Scott Butler.
This cooling center will be open 24/7 until Saturday night.