In Belmont County, temperatures were in the 90s by mid-morning. That’s why the Belmont County EMA has cooling centers on stand-by, ready to open their doors at a moment’s notice.
EMA officials say if your power or your air conditioning goes out, don’t suffer in silence.
Call 911 and tell them you need a cooling center. In minutes, EMA officials will make some calls, and get you a place to chill out.
“Basically we’ve got them scattered all over the county so at any given point we could probably have, I’m going to say, 15-20 different locations opened up. We’re not talking about a three-course dinner here. There will be something to drink, you know, maybe something to munch on,” said Belmont County EMA Director Dave Ivan.
There are cooling centers from Barnesville to Colerain and from Powhatan to Centerville.
Most of them are in church fellowship halls or fire halls.
A cooling center just offers a free and comfortable place to relax during the heat wave.
They say in this extreme heat, this is no time to be brave, frugal or independent.
If your air conditioning goes out, don’t wait.
Call 911 and ask them to contact the EMA, and they’ll activate a cooling center in your area.