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Ways to beat the heat in Omaha Metro

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 18:24:16-04

It's going to be hot for the next few days in the Omaha metro area. On Wednesday, Omaha metro hit 90 degrees for the first time since October 2015

More 90s are on tap through the weekend with heat index values expected to be near 100 beginning Friday.

If you have outdoor plans the next few days don't forget to drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen.

The Douglas County Health Department has released some suggestions to help you avoid any heat-related problems:

  • NEVER leave a person or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Drink plenty of fluids before you get thirsty, and avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Water is the best drink.
  • Take advantage of air conditioning as much as possible.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Outdoor activities should be limited to the cooler morning and evening hours. Athletes participating in outdoor activities need special attention.
  • Those 65 years of age or older are more at risk as are children. You can help by checking on these individuals during the day.
  • A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be used when outside.

If you need to cool down, The Salvation Army are opening their community cooling centers just in time.

The centers will open beginning Thursday until the end of the heat wave at these following locations:

  • Kroc Center, 2825 Y, 8:00am- 8:00 pm, Monday-Friday 
  • Lied Renaissance Center, 3512 Cuming St. 8:00 am- 8:00 pm ,Monday-Friday
  • Citadel Corps, 3836 Cuming St., 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday
  • Council Bluffs Corps, 715 N. 16th St., 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday
  • North Corps, 2424 Pratt St., 8:30 am-5:00 pm,Monday-Friday
  • Burrows Center 6101 NW Radial Highway, Monday -Friday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm.

The Salvation Army will also accept bottled water donations at 10629 Burt Circle.

Officials are also in need of donations of new fans. New fans can be dropped to its  main location on 10755 Burt St. 

If you like to donate online, visit salarmyomaha.org.