In response to the current heat advisories issued by the National Weather Service, several local cooling centers have opened their doors to the public. Excessive heat can be deadly. Seek shelter if needed.
In Ottumwa, people can seek shelter at Seida Cooling Centers located at 725 W. 2nd and 310 W. Main. The Salvation Army also has a cooling center open at 505 W. Main Street weekdays from 11 to 5. Ottumwa Public Library is also opening their doors for relief during regular business hours.
Bloomfield has a cooling center open at the Public Library today from 10-7, tomorrow from 10-5, Saturday from 10-2, Monday from 10-5 and Tuesday from 10-7. Seida also has a cooling center open at 203 S. Madison Street.
People in Keokuk County can seek relief several places. The list includes Keokuk County Public Health which is open M-F 8-430pm, Keokuk County Health Center (the ER is open 24/7), the Sigourney Public Library and the Sigourney Meal Site. Seida also has a cooling center open in Sigourney at 114 W. Washington Street.
Centerville residents can go to either the Seida cooling center at 111 N. Main Street or the Centerville City Hall which is open from 8-5 weekdays.
Marion County has opened centers at the Knoxville Public Library 213 E. Main from 10-5 and the Rec Center at 800 Spark Lane Drive from 8am-9pm.
Oskaloosa residents can find shelter at the Public Library from 10-8 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 10-5 Wednesday, Friday and Saturday or the Sedia Center at 114 N. Market Srteet. Penn Central Mall has also opened their doors during regular business hours.
In Fairfield the Sedia Cooling Center at 220 W. Jefferson Ave is open and the Fairfield Public Library welcomes everyone.
Stay safe and seek help if needed. In case of heat stroke, go to your local Emergency Room.