The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch/Warning for the St. Louis region and The Salvation Army has opened its cooling centers in response.
An Excessive Heat Advisory is issued when the Heat Index (HI) is expected to reach a minimum of 105 for at least 3 hours with a minimum temperature at night in the middle 70s or higher.
Those seeking refuge from the heat may go to the following Salvation Army locations:
· Alton 525 Alby St. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
· Granite City 3007 East 23rd St. 9 a.m.-noon & 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
· East St. Louis 616 North 16th St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
· Belleville Corps 20 Glory Place 10 a.m.-Noon & 1p.m.-2:30 p.m.
· Arnold Corps 3740 Telegraph Rd. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
· Euclid Corps 2618 North Euclid Ave. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
· Temple Corps 2740 Arsenal St. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
· Gateway Citadel Corps 824 Union Rd. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
· Family Haven 10740 Page Ave. 8 a.m.-Noon & 1 p.m.-4:15p.m.
· Maplewood 7701 Rannells Ave. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
· St. Charles Corps 2140 N. Fourth St. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
· O’Fallon Corps #1 William Booth Dr. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Salvation Army, along with several other organizations, partner with the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Operation Weather Survival (OWS) to open these cooling centers. OWS is a network of public and private organizations that coordinate resources to help the National Weather Service by educating the public on how to prevent illness and death caused by extreme hot or cold weather and to organize the cooling centers.
People may call 1-800-427-4626 or 211, the United Way of Greater St. Louis Information & Referral Services, for the locations and hours of operation of other cooling sites or for additional assistance with heat-related problems.