UPDATE: The cooling stations will remain open this week, July 25-30, due to continued high temperatures.
Fayetteville, NC (July 22, 2016) -- The Salvation Army is opening a cooling station at its Emergency Shelter for the next few days to ensure that residents have a safe place to stay cool during the forecasted extreme heat. The cooling station is located at 245 Alexander Street in downtown Fayetteville and will be housed in the shelter dining hall from 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM. Residents, especially senior citizens, are strongly advised to take advantage of this cooling station if needed. Water will also be available to help people stay hydrated.
“The Salvation Army is committed to serving the needs of the community 365 days a year,” said Salvation Army Commanding Officer Capt. Matthew Trantham. “During the summer months we will provide comfort in the form of shade and water to those who would like to step inside from the heat. The primary concern of The Salvation Army is the health and safety of our local citizens. We will continually assess the weather on a daily basis.”
Hot and humid conditions are expected Saturday through Monday with heat index values to approach or exceed 100 degrees each day.
Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion are two the most common heat-related illnesses. Signs of heat exhaustion include pale, moist skin; heavy sweating and nausea. Symptoms of heat stroke include hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; shallow breathing and high body temperatures. If someone is experiencing heat exhaustion, encourage them to seek a cooler place, loosen tight clothing, and drink cool water every 15 minutes. Anyone who might be suffering from heat stroke is advised to call 911.
Proactive measures to take during this period are:
- Stay cool
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration may contribute to many health issues, especially in the young and elderly
- Check on neighbors and relatives
- Stay out of the sun, as much as possible, especially during the afternoon hours when the heat will be highest
- Monitor National Weather Service Radio and local media to be aware of heat advisories and warnings as they occur.
- Plan now what steps to take for long periods of heat