Summerville cooling station opens to help people battling heat

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - It's no secret that the heat has arrived in the Lowcountry. Temperatures have reached the triple digits multiple times in the past week with heat advisories issued most afternoons.

For that reason, the Community Resource Center in Summerville is opening as a cooling station for the next week. The center is located at 116 West Second North St.

"It doesn't make any sense for a veteran to be homeless," Community Resource Center Director Louis Smith said. "It doesn't make any sense for our elderly to be sitting in a home burning up. It doesn't make any sense to have little kids in cars and I don't think people understand that."

Workers will give out a hot meal to anyone who comes in and they will also be handing out hygiene kits. Anyone who needs transportation to the center can call 843-530-6473 for a ride.

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through at least next Thursday.

Experts have been warning people to drink plenty of fluids, and if you must be outdoors, wear lightweight clothing and stay out of direct sunshine.

They also urge you to learn the symptoms of a heat-related illness.

A heat stroke is an emergency: if you encounter anyone showing symptoms, call 911.

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