John Turner maneuvers a pallet jack holding donated boxed fans

John Turner maneuvers a pallet jack holding donated boxed fans within the Salvation Army truck Thursday at Westlake Ace Hardware on Worley Street. The fans will be distributed to people as a way of combatting the recently increased heat. 

Cooling centers and shelters will be available to the public throughout the summer during regular business hours at several locations throughout the city, according to a city news release.

Cooling centers are at the following locations:

  • The Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St.
  • The Armory Sports and Community Center, 701 E. Ash St. 
  • The Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut St.
  • The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health & Human Services, 1005 W. Worley St. 
  • Columbia Mall, 2300 Bernadette Drive. 
  • Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway.
  • Salvation Army, 1108 W. Ash St. 
  • The Salvation Army Harbor House, 602 N. Ann St.

Official shelters that will provide sleeping accommodations but may or may not provide meals are at the following locations:

  • New Life Evangelistic Center for men, 901 Wilkes Blvd.
  • Rainbow House for children, 1611 Towne Drive.
  • The Salvation Army Harbor House, 602 N. Ann St.
  • St. Francis House for men, 901 Range Line St.
  • True North for victims of domestic violence.
  • Welcome Home for veterans at 1206 Range Line St.

Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It was forecasting a high temperature near 90 and a heat index of 105 degrees.

The high temperature Thursday was forecast to be just 82 degrees, but the heat was expected to return quickly, with highs of 87 on Friday and in the low 90s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

To avoid heat-related deaths or illnesses, it is suggested that individuals follow some simple steps:

  • Stay in air-conditioned areas during the hottest hours of the day. If people don't have air-conditioning in their homes, they should go to a public place like a library or mall to stay cool.
  • Wear light and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Drink water frequently. Don't wait until thirsty. 
  • Avoid unnecessary strenuous work or activities if outside or in a building without air conditioning.
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. If and when in the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or 30 or higher at least 30 minutes before going out. Continue to apply the sunscreen as needed. 
  • Summer 2019 General Assignment Reporter. Spring 2019 Staff Photographer. I'm a graduate student on the photojournalism track. You can reach me at or in the newsroom at 882-5700.

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