United Way sets up cooling sites during heat advisory

1:27 PM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - A heat advisory has been issued for the St. Louis metro area from Thursday, June 28 at noon until Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m.

Cooling sites have been set up by United Way. To find a site near you log on to 211helps.org or dial 211.  The 211 number is also supported by AT&T, TMobile, Verizon, Sprint, and Vonage. For anyone who has a mobile carrier that does not support 211, dial 800-427-4626. Some sites only operate between certain hours, so be sure to call the site you plan to visit before you go.

The Salvation Army has also opened cooling stations in the area.  Those locations can be found by clicking here

A heat advisory is issued when the heat index is expected to reach at least 105 degrees or the air temperature reaches at least 100 degrees.

It is important to check on elderly neighbors, stay out of the sun, drink plenty of water, and go somewhere cool during the hottest parts of the day.

Wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing is also important, and use air conditioning if it is available. 

Cool Down St. Louis also offers some relief from heat through utility assistance for qualifying low income families. To see if you qualify, call them at 314-241-7668.

They also accept cash donations and donations of new or slightly used air conditioners at any area Vatterott College.

To find the closest Vatterott College location, visit their website.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration gave heat safety tips for those who work outdoors.  The tips are available in both English and Spanish and can be found by clicking here.

Additionally, the City of Alton, Illinois has set up the following cooling centers for residents:

Alton Square Mall, in the food court from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., and until 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Salvation Army at 525 Alby St., from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Senior Services Center at 2693 N. Rodgers, from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.
YWCA at 304 E. 3rd St., from 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Monroe Memorial Church at 1901 Belle, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and they will pick you up if needed.


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