Salvation Army Prepares Cooling Station During Summer Heat

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The heat can be dangerous outside, so where do you go if you don't have a cool place to stay safe?

Captain Dwayne Burleigh at the Salvation Army says they have a cooling station ready to go just in case anyone needs it.

He set up a room in the chapel full of food and drinks for people in need during the heat.

Neither social services, the health department, nor the city police have expressed the need for cooling shelters yet, but Burleigh says the Salvation Army has what it needs if that time comes.

"It all depends on the need. If the need is there we'll be open," said Burleigh. "We rely on those sources to call us and say yes we need help. Sometimes the red cross will open up a cooling station and we will provide water, food, drinks, and whatever is necessary. We're just standing by waiting to help the community."

He says the most important things to keep in mind: drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, and take as many breaks as possible.


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