The Salvation Army opens its cooling stations when outside temperatures reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit or when the air temperature is above 90 degrees for two consecutive days.
Susan Eustice, Director of Public Relations for the Salvation Army, says people can stay for as long as they would like.
She says in addition to a cool environment, those who go to the cooling centers also receive cold bottles of water.
Eustice says the cooling centers are especially for the most vulnerable in the community, including young kids, older adults and the disabled, but anyone is welcome.
"People without air conditioning are certainly vulnerable and need to have a plan when they know extreme heat is forecast. I hope the public will know our cooling centers are there open for them and are listed at SalArmyOmaha.org. The website will have the dates, listings and locations that act as cooling stations.”
Eustice says donations of bottled water and new summer fans may be dropped off at the Salvation Army’s EDS building at 10629 Burt Circle.