CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – The city of Charleston, West Virginia is opening cooling centers to provide relief for people who don’t have access to an air-conditioned place to keep cool. The Kanawha City Community Center at 3511 Venable Avenue, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center at 314 Donnally Street, and the North Charleston Community Center will all be open on Friday, July 19th from 9 AM until 9 PM and then again on Saturday, July 20th from 9 AM until 5 PM.
The Roosevelt Neighborhood Center at 502 Ruffner Avenue will also be open Friday, July 19th from noon till 8 PM.
The city is also opening up community pools for free to help you keep cool as well. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center pool, Cato Park pool, and the Kanawha City Community Center pool.
The Town of Clendenin will have a cooling shelter open at 107 Koontz Avenue from Noon until 6 PM on Friday and Saturday.
The City of Nitro is also opening a cooling station for the heatwave at the City Fire House on 20th Street from Noon on Friday, July 19th through the evening of Saturday, July 20th. Nitro City Pool will also be free Friday and Saturday.
According to the Putnam County Office of Emergency Management, the Tri-County YMCA at 200 Carls Lane in Scott Depot will be a cooling station open until 8 PM on Friday and Saturday from 7:30 AM until 6 PM. Water is also available.
The Huntington City Mission is opening its chapel until 6 PM on Friday, June 19th. Chris Els of the Huntington City Mission says she worries people may be in danger in these extreme weather conditions.
“You’re going to dehydrate, you’re going to overheat, you’re going to end up going to the hospital if you take care of yourself,” said Els. “You really need to pay attention to your sweating and things like that. So, come in and just cool off and get something to drink and just try to stay hydrated and try to drink all day long.”
People will be able to stop by the chapel and sit around in the air conditioning, get a cold glass of water and relax during these extreme temperatures. The city mission also encourages folks to come in throughout the weekend all day Saturday and starting at 10 AM on Sunday.
”Let your pride down and come in. It is, it’s a friendly environment. It doesn’t mean that you’re seeking any certain type of assistance,” said Els. “Have a drink [and] cool off. We’re not going to expect anything from you, you don’t even have to tell us your name. If you come in here for five minutes or five hours we really don’t care as long as you’re getting taken care of.”
If you’re in Lawrence County, Ohio and need to cool off, you can head over to the Ironton City Mission until 3:30 PM Friday and on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30 AM.
Boyd County, Kentucky officials tell WOWK 13 News they will make cooing stations available as needed.
Greenup County will do the same. Officials say they’ll notify residents through Facebook and through text messages. To sign up for their alerts, text “GCE911” to the number 888-777.
The City of South Charleston is holding a Beat the Heat event on June 19th and 20th. They will have free snow cones and bottled water at Little Creek Pool and will have $1 admission for skating at the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena.