For Immediate Release
July 14, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Cooling centers open around the state

Topeka– Warnings over the next few days of high temperatures and humidity levels have spurred the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Aging (KDOA) to remind Kansans, especially senior citizens, that cooling centers have been established in various locations across the state.

A cooling center could be a local library, church or even a grocery store. Residents can find out where their local cooling centers are located by contacting the officials listed on www.kansastag.gov/KDEM.asp?PageID=200.

During excessive heat warnings, residents are also encouraged to check on neighbors, senior residents and family members.

“If you know someone who may be at risk for heat stress, take a few minutes to check on them periodically throughout the day and night,” said Shawn Sullivan, Secretary of KDOA. “If you have a friend, relative or neighbor who doesn’t have air-conditioning, now would be a good time to talk with them about getting into a cooler place.”

"Be mindful of the threats that heat waves pose, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and sometimes death," said Dr. Robert Moser, Secretary of KDHE. "These threats can be minimized and eliminated if we practice heat-related precautions and guidelines."

KDHE and KDOA also offer the following heat safety tips: