Officials say rural areas don't use cooling centers often

1 year 11 months 1 week ago July 19, 2015 Jul 19, 2015 Sunday, July 19 2015 Sunday, July 19, 2015 4:09:00 PM CDT in News
By: Amanda Vitale, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

PETTIS COUNTY- The demand for cooling centers in rural areas is slim. 

David Clippert, the Director of Sedalia and Pettis County Emergency Management, said the difference comes down to rural values.

"Most people here are related to somebody here so there's family that's around," Clippert said. "They've been through this a number of times so they know places to go to get cool."

Clippert also said rural area residents seem to be more self-sufficient.

"They know what's open and where to go to. Most of them have transportation," Clippert said.

The last time Clippert's department opened a cooling center was in 2011. Strong winds created power outages so the Department of Emergency Management opened a cooling center in conjunction with the public schools. But, after two or three hours, this center was shut down since no one showed up. 

"It hasn't been something that people are calling and asking about," Clippert said.

Emmit Williams, the Director of Emergency Management for Saline County, said his county isn't responsible for any cooling centers.

The First United Methodist Church in Marshall and the Salt Fork YMCA in Marshall serve as cooling centers, but those are volunteer groups.

"Most people have prepared for it in rural areas," Williams said. "Rural areas are more adaptable."

Williams said he believes heat is a bigger problem in urban areas.

Clippert said Pettis County Emergency Management plans to open cooling centers in the event of a widespread, prolonged power outage.

"But during this phase, we just haven't had a lot of takers," Clippert said.

Residents in Sedalia can visit the two libraries in town to get cool. Clippert also said the Salvation Army in town serves a lunch Monday through Friday which provides another free air conditioned location for residents.

Clippert said his biggest concern is for the elderly living in Pettis County who might not have air conditioning or feel they can't afford the cost of it.

"It's very hard to track and find those folks," he said. "So we do ask throughout the community that they check on their members and churches check on their congregation for people they know or are struggling through this."

Boone County has ten cooling centers as listed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to serve a much higher population of residents.

Among the Boone County cooling centers listed by the Missouri Department of Health and Human services are Boone County Department of Public Health and the Boone County Government Center.

Josh Creamer, the Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Boone County, said the county doesn't operate the cooling centers directly, but the designated cooling areas are often in government buildings.

More News

Grid
List
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before the Supreme Court justices begin their long summer break, they're poised to act on the Trump... More >>
2 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 4:45:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The congregation at the First Church of God in Jefferson City was treated to a unique experience... More >>
14 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:59:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The number of Missouri House races lacking major-party opposition has been on the rise. ... More >>
14 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:47:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A domestic dispute ended with gunshots Saturday night after the Jefferson City Police responded to a weapons... More >>
17 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 1:53:00 PM CDT in News
ST. JOESPH, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Western State University is closing the oldest residence hall on campus. The St.... More >>
18 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:48:00 PM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A northwestern Missouri boy with a rare genetic disorder has fulfilled his dream of being... More >>
18 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:40:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Strengthening and Conditioning Factory is hosting a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network on Sunday. The... More >>
1 day ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 6:11:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Four people made it out safely of a house on Rosemary Lane in Columbia Saturday morning after a... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 7:41:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police responded to shots heard at the 800 block of Spencer Avenue on Saturday just before 5:00... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 5:53:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Cheerleaders rolled up their sleeves and got dirty while washing cars Saturday as athletes at Capitol City... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - A man was taken into custody and charged Friday night after leading authorities on a chase through the... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Members of the Central Missouri Radio Association are inviting mid-Missourians to participate in the National Amateur Radio Field... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:48:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Aspen Dental provided veterans with free services in mid-Missouri and across the U.S. Saturday for the Aspen Day... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 2:29:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some GOP state lawmakers want to give the Missouri attorney general authority to prosecute violations... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 1:21:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge has pushed back until Jan. 8 the retrial of a man accused... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:59:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County police are investigating the case of a toddler who died after the vehicle... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:47:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are searching for a man now accused of killing a couple and another... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:42:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an initial 911 call Saturday morning reporting an airplane flying... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 11:43:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 58°
8am 59°
9am 66°
10am 72°
11am 74°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
7:00a
Cheaters
7:30a
Cops Reloaded
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld