City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence Cooling Site will be open Friday, July 15

The National Weather Service has once again issued a Heat Advisory for our area for Friday, July 15. The Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., has been activated as a cooling site center today from 1-8 p.m. The cooling site will have water available to patrons, as well as locations to rest and recharge their cell phones.

Residents should also take precautions to protect themselves, their families, and their pets during this extreme heat. If possible, 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.

As a reminder, heat stroke can be life threatening. Here are symptoms to look for:

  • High body temperature
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Passing out

If an individual is showing these symptoms, please call 9-1-1 right away. Move the person to a cooler place and utilize cool clothes or a cool bath to help lower their temperature until help arrives. Do not give the individual anything to drink. For further heat related safety tips, visit

The United Way of Greater Kansas City maintains a list of active cooling centers throughout the region. Call 211 for more information or additional assistance.