OVERLAND, Mo. – The cold centers are being activated in the St. Louis area. The region is on an excessive heat warning.
St. Louis County Cold Storage operates at the Salvation Army Family Port on Page Avenue in Overland.
The center opened on Tuesday and will remain open until September 9th. It will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Officials said the dangerous heat could put local residents, particularly the homeless, at risk. Heat index readings on Tuesday were above 100 and are expected to continue through Thursday.
The refrigerated accommodation sleeps up to 26 people and offers hot meals, laundry facilities and case management services. It’s open to anyone who needs a cool place to stay. Officials said the sweltering heat could cause heat-related illnesses.
Peter Glickert, a public information manager in the St. Louis County Department, said it doesn’t take long for the body to overheat.
“Heat exhaustion, severe dehydration, I mean, it only takes a few minutes for your body temperature to get to a really dangerous place,” Glickert said. “So really just trying to keep everyone as cool as possible.”
“This is a place that’s easy, they can come in, come in, cool off for a while and then go back outside,” said Major Nancy Mead of the Salvation Army. “It meets all needs. Elderly can come here, children can come here, everyone can come here. It’s a cooling center for anyone who just needs to get out of this volatile heat.”
The Salvation Army Family Haven Cold Storage is located at 10740 Page Avenue in Overland. Also, United Way said those looking for a place to escape the heat can call 211 to find a place to cool or connect with other resources for help during heat waves.
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