City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence Cooling Center will be open Wednesday, July 1

The National Weather Service has forecasted temperatures in the 90s with heat indexes that may exceed 105 on Wednesday, July 1. The Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., will be available as a cooling center from 9 AM-9 PM. 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 and properly social distance while in the facility. If a patron does not have a face covering, one will be provided to them.

When wearing a cloth 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.