Severe Weather Awareness Week: Extreme Heat

Updated: 04/23/2014 6:41 PM
Created: 04/23/2014 5:47 PM
By: Justin Thompson-Gee

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It may be hard to realize after the bitter winter we just came through, but warm and even hot days are ahead. In day three of severe weather awareness week we look at some local organizations already getting ready for extreme heat.

“When the temperatures get up to 100º and they’re sustaining for more than two or three days in a row, we try to be ready to go and be prepared to set our cooling stations up during the day,” says Captain Jim Brickson of the Albert Lea Salvation Army.

Although temperatures are only in the 50s this week, the warmest part of the year is only two months away and the Salvation Army is already getting ready, “when we get the call we have a tent set up here or the Salvation Army itself will open up the doors,” says Brickson.

The Salvation Army is home to one of many cooling stations in our area during times of heat. Brickson says it’s a place where people can come to drop their body temperature down and get into a cool place during the peak heat of the day. Since Minnesota only sees a handful of hot days each year, most homes are not equipped to deal with extreme heat, “I think these cooling stations are becoming more and more popular because of the lack of air conditioning in homes,” says Brickson.

Those without air conditioning can always go to the Salvation Army for a place to get out of the sun and a bottle of water.