Heat waves can be deadly if people do not have places to stay cool and hydrated. This is especially true for the poor and elderly who may not have an air conditioner or who may refuse to use it because of their fixed income.
There are cooling centers located in communities across Missouri that provide air-conditioned relief and cool water during heat waves. Click here to find a list of cooling centers in Missouri or call 2-1-1 to talk to a Call Center Specialist. The National Weather Service websiteoffers some useful tips on how to cope during an extreme heat wave.
Parishes and Catholic service agencies often know where local cooling centers are located and may be able to help people in heat emergencies.