Metro organizations prepare to help people beat the heat during Wednesday’s scorcher

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Air conditioners are struggling to keep up with the high temperatures and humidity. Meanwhile, others spent Tuesday gearing up for Wednesday’s expected century mark on metro thermometers.

The heat seemed to be no match for die hard runners and sightseers on the Country Club Plaza Tuesday afternoon. However, it`s a big problem for folks who prefer to crank the air conditioning, when Mother Nature cranks up the temps.

FOX 4 caught up with Anthony Plumbing Heating and Cooling technician Jeff Bellis coming to the rescue of a broken A/C unit. Bellis can tell you his company has been extremely busy.

“We`ve all been putting about 10 to 12 hour days,” said Bellis.

He says preventing the need for A/C repair is simple.

“Most of the time it`s a filter. If they would just change their filters regularly they probably wouldn`t have to call us out, or the outdoor unit being very dirty,” said Bellis.

There are some who will have no choice but to be out in Wednesday`s scorcher, which means finding shade and hydrating will be crucial.

The Salvation Army`s emergency services team plans to help with that, by sending out a hydration team. It’s a truck that will deliver free cold water to anyone who needs it. Crews will pass it out, until it’s gone.

“We`ll have close to 300 gallons of water,” said Salvation Army emergency services director Sean Tyson.

He says folks always take advantage of the free water.

“I say it`s like the ice cream truck. Remember when you were a little kid, and you don`t see many kids because it`s hot, but they hear the ice cream truck and then, where did these kids come from? It`s kind of the same thing,” said Tyson.

That includes Kansas City`s homeless population that may not find other means to get it. If you can`t find any other way to beat the heat, the Salvation Army reminds you it`s cooling centers are open 8-to-5 Monday through Friday, providing folks with cold drinks, light snacks, a shelter from the heat.

The following Kansas City metro Salvation Army locations provide public Cooling Shelters for the public:
Bellefontaine Community Center, 3013 East 9th St., Kansas City, MO
Blue Valley Community Center, 6618 East Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO
Westport Community Center, 500 West 39th St., Kansas City, MO
Northland Community Center, 5306 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO
Southland Community Center, 6111 East 129th St., Grandview, MO
Independence Community Center, 14700 East Truman Rd., Independence, MO
Harbor Light Village, 6723 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS
Olathe Community Center, 420 East Santa Fe, Olathe, KS

For more information on the Cooling Shelters, please visit this link.

Area YMCA locations will be open to the public as Cooling Centers 1-4 p.m. Thursday, during the Excessive Heat Warning:
Anyone may come cool off at the Y during those hours for free. Guests should bring a photo ID and check in at the Welcome Center when they arrive.
Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Teens 16 and older may visit unaccompanied by an adult.

Activities vary by location. To find a location near you, call 816-561-9622 or visit KansasCityYMCA.org.

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