111 East Maple ? P.O. Box 1019 ? Independence, Missouri 64051 - 0519
www.independencemo.org ? 816-325-7000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Craig Brenner in the
City Manager’s Office at
(INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI) Monday, July 13, 2015 – The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for several counties in Missouri, including Jackson County.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that remains in effect from noon until 9 pm today. Today the heat index will be in the 108-116°F range. Many people may not be acclimated to the heat due to the recent cool weather.
Because heat and humidity can combine to pose substantial health risks, the Independence Health Department advises residents to take extra precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths. Summer heat can take its toll on a person's or animal’s health, especially the very young, the elderly and the chronically ill.
Never leave a cat or dog unattended in a car. Limit the time your cat or dog spends outside, especially between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. and make sure they have access to a shaded area and plenty of cold water.
To Prevent Heat-Related Illness:
The following City of Independence facility is available as a cooling center:
Roger T. Sermon Community Center
201 N. Dodgion Street
Independence, MO 64050
Today’s Hours: 9 am - 9 pm
Missourians should use the state's toll-free elder abuse hotline at 1-800-392-0210 to report any elderly persons suffering from the heat and needing assistance.
For general information on heat signs and symptoms, call the Health Department at (816) 325-7185. For heat information and community resources, call the Independence Health Department’s community partner United Way 211 line, at 2-1-1 or (816) 474-5112.
Additional information on preventing heat-related illness is available through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' web site at www.dhss.mo.gov.