Cooling Centers Help People Escape the Heat

By: Morgan Demmel Email
By: Morgan Demmel Email

With high temperatures expected this week, health professionals are urging people to find ways to stay cool.

When the temperatures outside rise, Andrea Mack and her kids stay inside.

"We are regulars here at the library," Mack says. "They have a lot of nice programs for the kids and a great play area."

Mack says it's just one place they can stay safe when the heat becomes dangerous.

"My kids can't handle a lot of heat, with the fair skin," Mack says.

Health professionals say on high heat days, you can never be too careful, especially when it comes to children and older adults.

Grand Island Salvation Army Social Services Director Mark Merritt says the heat causes a major concern with dehydration.

Merritt says the Grand Island Salvation Army and the Hastings Salvation Army are opening their doors to provide a cool place for people to relax and get out of the heat.

"The idea of a cooling center is for someone to come in, get out of the weather," Merritt says.

He says it's a major concern for the homeless and near-homeless.

"With the homeless and the near-homeless being outside the majority of the day, when the temperatures reach 100, hydration is definitely an important issue so that is what we are here for," Merritt says.

Temperatures for the remainder of the week are expected to remain near 100 degrees.

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