Cooling centers to open across city this weekend due to extreme heat

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The city of Indianapolis and Marion County are mobilizing to help protect folks from the extreme heat over the next several days.

State health officials along with the Marion County Public Health Department, the Department of Homeland Security, Metro police and others are working together to protect the public.

And this comes when thousands of people will be outside this weekend for events like the Brickyard 400, Indians Games and even a Pokemon event is expected to attract thousands.

Cooling centers will be open all over the city, Indy Parks pools will be open free of charge on Saturday, Metro police will be checking on the homeless and even IPL is likely to bring on extra staff to keep electricity service constant.

The Salvation Army will also have three cooling centers opening at 11 a.m.  this Saturday morning.

“Certainly, if you don’t have air conditioning or some way to keep yourself somewhat cool, take advantage of the facilities that are open all around the city including Salvation Army facilities which we will have open, don’t put yourself in harm’s way, so take precautions and don’t wait till it’s too late, said Jerry Larsen the director Disaster Services for the Salvation Army in Indianapolis.

Heath officials advise you to stay hydrated, even when you are not thirsty and to avoid strenuous activity outside, especially on Friday and Saturday.

A couple hours of air conditioning can make a big difference in keeping you cool.

The Salvation Army will have cooling centers open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.  to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

Center City

234 East Michigan

Eagle Creek

4400 N. High School Road

Fountain Square

1337 Shelby Street