The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for our area from noon, on Friday, July 17 through 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. The Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., will be available as a cooling center. The cooling center will have water available to patrons, as well as locations to rest and recharge their cell phones. All patrons are required to wear a face covering, participate in a health screening and properly social distance while in the facility. If a patron does not have a face covering, one will be provided to them. Cooling center patrons are also required to stay in the lobby area which is set up to adhere to social distancing and are not allowed access to the workout areas.
The cooling center will be open the following hours each day:
Friday, July 17 – 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 18 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 19 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Citizens should take precautions to protect themselves, their families and their pets during this dangerous heat. When wearing a face covering in the summer please make sure it fits so that it is snug on the sides but loose over the nose and mouth. Choose a light-colored, breathable fabric, such as cotton, if you are wearing it outside. If possible, you should avoid strenuous outdoor activities and schedule work outdoors during the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler. Bring a spare face covering in case yours gets sweaty and a bag to put it in until you can wash it at home. If breathing becomes difficult, please take off your face covering. It is important to remain well hydrated, drinking non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. Finally, please never leave children or pets in the car, even for a few minutes. For further heat related safety tips, visit ready.gov/heat.
The United Way of Greater Kansas City maintains a list of active cooling centers throughout the region. Call 211 for more information. You can find a list of additional cooling centers from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services here bit.ly/mocoolingcenters.