City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence Cooling Center will be open Wednesday, July 17, through Saturday, July 20

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for our area from 1 p.m. on Wednesday through 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. The Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., will be available as a cooling center Wednesday, July 17, through Saturday, July 20. The Sermon Center is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The cooling center will have water available to patrons, as well as locations to rest and recharge their cell phones.

Citizens should take precautions to protect themselves, their families and their pets. If possible, you should avoid strenuous outdoor activities and schedule work outdoors during the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler. 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/2xRgmm0.