In Response to Excessive Heat, County Executive to Check on Vulnerable Residents
During this excessive heat, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger will join the Affton Fire Department Thursday at 3:00pm in going door-to-door, to check on the well-being of residents who are potentially vulnerable to heat-related difficulties..
“Clearly, this is dangerous heat. Every year we see fatalities as a direct result of these excessive temperatures,” County Executive Stenger said. “It’s vital we all check on vulnerable neighbors and get them the help they need.”
Seniors are among those vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, but young children, outdoor workers, and those with chronic illnesses are also especially susceptible. Everyone needs to take steps to stay hydrated and cool.
To provide additional assistance for those who need it, two St. Louis County Park locations will be open daily as cooling centers, and the county has partnered with the Salvation Army to open a 24- hour cooling shelter. For more information on those shelters click here.
“I commend the County Executive for opening these cooling shelters and checking on residents with us,” Affton Fire Chief Nick Fahs said. “With temperatures over 100 degrees, we need to ensure people are safe.”
In addition to cooling centers, the County Executive allocated $150,000 in federal grant money this summer to Cooldownstlouis.org to establish a utility assistance fund. For more information on utility assistance, visit http://cooldownstlouis.org/