The Salvation Army of Omaha will have its cooling centers open the rest of the week.
An excessive heat warning is in effect for the Omaha metro area through Friday. All four cooling centers will be open from 8 am to 8 pm. The centers are the Council Bluffs Corps, North Corps at 24th and Pratt Streets, the Kroc Center in South Omaha, and the Lied Renaissance Center at 36th and Cuming Streets.
Salvation Army officials say donations of bottled water are needed for the cooling centers.
Governor Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency due to drought conditions.
The Governor's office said Monday in a news release that the declaration makes state personnel and resources available for prevention and emergencies, Heineman says the drought conditions "are presenting an imminent threat to the ability of local governments to respond."
Omaha’s high temperature reached 102 Wednesday and hot weather is expected the next few days.
Alegent Health spokeswoman Jodi Hoatson says 12 people were treated in the five hospitals’ emergency rooms for heat-related illness as of Wednesday evening. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in quickly during hot weather unless you take precautions.
Areas south of the Omaha metro are under a heat advisory Thursday. Lincoln’s high temperature also reached 102 Wednesday.
The Salvation Army of Omaha plans to open four cooling centers Monday for residents needing relief from the heat.
The centers are open from 11 am to 8 pm Monday and Tuesday. They’re at the Kroc Center at 28th and Y Streets, the North Corps at 24th and Pratt, The Council Bluffs Corps, and the Lied Renaissance Center.
Salvation Army officials say the cooling centers will be open whenever temperatures reach 90 degrees or more for at least two days.
Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s in the Omaha metro area Monday and Tuesday.
April 2nd through the 6th is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. Lucinda Robertson is Public Information Officer for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
She’s encouraging all Iowans to be prepared for year-round emergencies by attention to local news and investing in a weather radio. Robertson says individuals should also make an emergency plan because a family may not be together when an emergency happens. Finally, she says it’s important to create an emergency supply kit.