CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo., has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Jackson County area until Saturday, July 22. Air temperatures will reach near the triple digit mark by midweek, and heat indices may reach or exceed 105 to 110 degrees each afternoon Wednesday through Saturday.
To protect your health during times of extreme heat:
- Never leave children, pets or others alone in closed vehicles. The temperature inside a car can surpass 140 degrees and become fatal within minutes.
- Avoid too much sun exposure and postpone outdoor activities and games.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes, such as a taking a cool shower immediately after coming inside on a hot day.
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
- If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a public building every day for several hours.
- If you have to work outside, take frequent breaks, rest in the shade and drink plenty of water.
- Dress for the weather by wearing loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. These clothes reflect heat and help maintain normal body temperature. If you have to be outside, cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn. Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat.
- Check on your neighbors, friends and relatives — especially the elderly — at least twice a day (morning and night).
There are six Cooling Centers in the CJCEMA district:
- Mid-Continent Public Library – Grain Valley
- Mid-Continent Public Library – Blue Springs North
- Mid-Continent Public Library – Blue Springs South
- Blue Springs Family YMCA
- Blue Springs Vesper Hall
- Grain Valley Community Center
To view a complete list of cooling centers in Missouri, along with addresses and hours of operation, visit https://ogi.oa.mo.gov/DHSS/coolingCenter/index.html.
The CJCEMA is an emergency management agency consisting of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the City of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo and surrounding unincorporated areas. The EOC is located at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District’s Training Facility and brings together representatives from Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Management agencies.
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