Heat Advisory Continues, Cooling Stations Open

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The Salvation Army Cooling Station Locations:

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

  • Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street
  • North Corps, 2424 Pratt Street
  • Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming Street
  • Council Bluffs, 715 N 16 Street (hours may vary, call ahead 712.328.2088)

Smart Heat Safety Strategies
From the American Red Cross

  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Ensure they have water and a shady place to rest.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Heat Wave Safety

OMAHA The National Weather Service continues the heat advisory through Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the American Red Cross is reminding people living in Nebraska and Iowa to take precautions.

Temperatures once again on Tuesday will rise to the upper 90s, however, high humidity will make it feel like 105 to 110 degrees.

With high temperatures and dangerous heat the Salvation Army is opening community cooling centers for people who need a break from the weather. Cooling stations are open and will remain open through Tuesday, July 22nd. Cold drinks will be provided to anyone seeking relief from the heat.

The policy is that cooling stations open whenever temperatures go over 90 degrees for two consecutive days.

Major Todd Thielke said, “Usually they just need a few minutes to cool down from the heat if they're walking or if they're outside and they're working or if they don't have air conditioning. And a lot of seniors may be in that situation so we're able to accommodate them that way and have a place to cool down get a nice cool drink of water and go on with their day without getting overheated."

"In recent years there have been more deaths related to the heat than to all other weather events," said Tina Labellarte, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross. "There are steps people can take to stay safe and beat the heat."

The heat can be extremely dangerous. In 2013, there were 92 heat related deaths reported by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. One year prior, 155 people died due to the heat.

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