Columbia cooling centers open for rising temperatures

4 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Friday, June 10 2016 Jun 10, 2016 Friday, June 10, 2016 2:31:00 AM CDT June 10, 2016 in Top Stories
By: Melissa Zygowicz, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Friday marks the start of a hot weekend, so Columbia is opening up public facilities for any one to come and take a break from the heat.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services coordinates with facilities in the community to ensure people stay safe in the heat.

Public Information Officer for the department Andrea Waner said the facilities are open during normal business hours. 

"Basically, if any place is open, you will have access to a water fountain or a restroom. There's a place to sit to enjoy the air conditioning and get out of the heat," Waner said.

Waner said no questions will be asked for people who come into the facility.

"These are facilities that are really busy and used for a lot of things, so there's no shame in coming in and taking a break from the heat because people are using these facilities anyways," Waner said. "You come in, we're not going to bash you why you are here."

The department also wants people to know the facilities are available for any one from the homeless to linemen. 

"It's the public health departments job to promote public health and safety. This is one of those easy ways we can say 'Come inside and take a break from outside, take care of yourself here's how we can help,'" Waner said.

There are eight cooling center locations around Columbia:

  • ARC (Activity and Recreation Center), 1707 W Ash Street
  • Armory Sports and Community Center, 701 E Ash Street
  • Boone County Government Center, 801 E Walnut
  • Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services, 1005 W Worley
  • Columbia Public Library, 100 W Broadway
  • Salvation Army, 1108 W Ash Street
  • Salvation Army Harbor House, 602 N Ann
  • St. Francis House, 901 Rangeline

 The department also recommends staying clear of caffeine and alcohol this weekend while out in the heat for long periods of time.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- After a five-month battle with leukemia, the first known person to be cured of HIV has died of... More >>
12 minutes ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:49:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The global pandemic has stress levels running high these days. "One of the first things on everyone's... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:44:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy plunged at a record rate in the spring but is poised to swing to... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:27:48 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
PARIS (AP) — Saying she is “struggling to walk,” Serena Williams ended her latest bid for a 24th Grand Slam... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:00:39 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
(CNN) — The World Health Organization has announced an agreement to make rapid Covid-19 tests available to lower and middle-income... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:39:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:16:42 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
Columbia College launches a virtual tutoring program Columbia College is launching a virtual tutoring program on Thursday, October 1.... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:26:22 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
CLEVELAND (AP) — The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden deteriorated into bitter taunts and... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 4:36:09 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia League of Women Voters and the Daniel Boone Regional Library will co-host an Election Forum webinar... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:52:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA, MO - Columbia College is launching a virtual tutoring program on Thursday, October 1. The program will serve students... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:35:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Battle football is preparing to face Moberly on Friday after their game against Smith-Cotton was canceled due to... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:40:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has released a video of an armed robbery which took place at Passions Adult... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:27:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Show-Me Bowl games are moving to different locations this fall. In a press release sent on... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:50:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in Sports
CAMDEN COUNTY- The Camden County's Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for counterfeit bills and wants area residents and business... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:17:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- The Missouri Football team heads to Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday for its first road game of the season. ... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:58:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in Sports
COLUMBIA - A new law allows nursing home residents to install cameras in their rooms. House Bill 1387 lets... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:42:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Disney is laying off 28,000 people in the United States as the coronavirus pandemic hammers its parks and... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:26:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees and BJC HealthCare have agreed on a date for Boone Hospital... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:29:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
12pm 75°
1pm 74°
2pm 73°
3pm 72°