In an effort to counteract heated temperatures during the weekend, Salvation Army of Portsmouth has opened a cooling shelter at 1001 9th Street Barracks in Portsmouth to anyone seeking refuge from the heat.
The shelter will be open through the heat of the day until 6 p.m. on Friday, July 22, Saturday, July 23 and Sunday July 24 the cooling station will open from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
The shelter is open to anyone needing respite from the extreme heat of the day. James Calder of the Portsmouth Salvation Army said everyone is welcome.
“We are opening up this cooling station for anyone that needs to cool themselves off,” Calder said. “I have bottled water, and they are out maybe running errands and are in need of something to drink, they can just come and sit down and cool themselves off, drink something cold and then proceed with their business. They can come in and socialize, if they would like.”
A heat advisory is calling for 100 degrees during the weekend.
“The temperatures are expecting to reach more than 100 degrees and there are people out there that have no where to go,” Calder said. “Also, if they are out and about, and have nothing eat, I will also make them a meal.”
Robin Lodwick, Corps Ministry assistant of the Portsmouth Salvation Army, said the Cooling Stations are vital to the local area.
“Hosting these cooling stations are very important for the community,” Lodwick said. “I think that whenever the Salvation Army can help people remain healthy, and give them a safe place to be is a priority, not only feeding the spirit, but feeding the soul. You start with the body and then you go to the soul.”
Caution should be used when outdoors for prolonged periods of time through evening time as a heat advisory remains in effect. Temperatures reached 102 degrees by noon on Friday in downtown Portsmouth.
Kim Carver, Scioto County EMA directorm said EMA greatly appreciates the partnership with Salvation Army for the shelter availability.
Residents are asked to check on elderly neighbors to ensure their safety. Anyone in need of help should contact 911 to access care and assistance during the extreme heat outbreak locally.
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