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Excessive Heat
Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the nation. Learn about heat warnings, advisories and illnesses. Also view a list of local "cooling stations."

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Weather Warnings & Advisories (What do they mean?)  |  Heat Health Recommendations  |  Heat Illness Symptons

Cooling Centers

Health officials recommend avoiding the excessive heat by staying in an air-conditioned building if possible. While going to public places such as shopping centers or libraries are options for those who don't have air conditioners in their homes, the following locations in the Greater Kansas City area are operating as "cooling centers," according to the United Way.

You can contact the United Way at 2-1-1 and receive a list of near-by cooling stations by providng your zip code. If you or your organization opens a cooling center, please contact the United Way by dialing 2-1-1.

Jackson County

Blue Springs

Vesper Hall Senior Center
400 NW Vesper Road
Blue Springs, Missouri 64014
(816) 228-0181
  Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Buckner Senior Center
611 E. Sibley
Buckner, Missouri 64016
(816) 650-4018
  Monday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Salvation Army
6111 E. 129th Street
Grandview, Missouri 64030
(816) 966-8300
  Monday-Sunday,8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Fairmont Community Center
608 S. Ash
Independence, Missouri 64052
(816) 254-8334
  Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Palmer Center
218-A N. Pleasant
Independence, Missouri 64050
(816) 325-6200
  Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Roger T. Sermon Community Center
201 N. Dodgion Street
Independence, Missouri 64050
(816) 325-7370
  Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  Sunday, Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Salvation Army
14700 E. Truman Road
Independence, Missouri 64050
(816) 252-3200
  Monday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cold drinks and snacks available.

Lee's Summit

The Lee's Summit VFW Post 5789
329 SE Douglas
Lee's Summit, Missouri 64063
(816) 525-5789
  Monday-Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Restrooms and kitchen. Lunch is served.

Kansas City

Christ The King Senior Center
8510 Wornall Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64114
(816) 363-4888
  Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Don Bosco Senior Center
580 Campbell
Knasas City, Missouri 64106
(816) 421-3160
  Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Guadalupe Center
1015 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
(816) 421-1015
  Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hillcrest Community Center
10401 Hillcrest Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64134
(816) 784-7000
  Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Showers, ice machine and computers available FREE.

Mohart Multipurpose Center
3200 Wayne Avenue
Kansa City, Missouri 64109
(816) 784-4511
  Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saint Louis Senior Center
5930 Swope Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64130
(816) 333-1204
  Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Bellefontaine
3013 E. 9th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64124
(816) 483-8484
  Monday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cold drinks and snacks available.

Salvation Army Blue Valley
6618 E. Truman Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64126
(816) 241-6488
  Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cold drinks and snacks available.

Salvation Army Westport
500 W. 39th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
(816) 753-6040
  Monday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cold drinks and snacks available.

Oak Grove

Oak Grove Senior Center
1901 Broadway
Oak Grove, Missouri 64075
(816) 690-8462
  Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Clay County

Kansas City

Salvation Army Northland
4300 NE Parvin Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64117
(816) 452-5663
  Monday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cold drinks and snacks available.

Platte County

Kansas City

Line Creek Community Center
5940 NW Waukomis Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64151
(816) 513-0760
  Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  Sunday, 12:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

  Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer. On average, excessive heat causes more than 1,500 death per year in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed 20 heat-related deaths in 2011.)

That average death tally exceeds the average caused by tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined.

Weather Warnings & Advisories

The SunEach National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO) can issue the following heat-related bulletins as conditions warrant:

Excessive Heat Outlook: The potential exists for an excessive heat event in the next three to seven days. It is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event, such as public utilities, emergency management and public health officials.

Excessive Heat Watch: Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 12 to 48 hours. A watch is used when the risk of a heat wave has increased, but its occurrence and timing are still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so, such as putting into action individual city excessive heat event mitigation plans.

Excessive Heat Warning/Advisory: An excessive heat event is expected in the next 36 hours. These are issued when an excessive heat event is occurring, is imminent or has a very high probability of occurring. The warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant discomfort or inconvenience and, if caution is not taken, could lead to a threat to life and/or property.

Heat Health Recommendations

  • Woman drinking waterDrink more water. Don't wait until you are thirsty. Avoid liquids containing alcohol or caffeine.

  • Schedule outdoor activities before noon or in the evening.

  • When temperatures reach into the 90s, a cool shower can offer more help than a fan.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

  • If you must work in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers and ask them to do the same for you.

  • Rest often in shady areas or, if possible, in air-conditioned facilities.

  • Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself.

Heat Illness Symptoms

Heat IlnessesCLICK HERE for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of symptoms for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat cramps and heat rash.

Anyone can suffer from a heat-related illness.

Those at greater risk include infants and young children, people 65 or older, and those who are already ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure. 



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