Shreveport organization offering water, cool place for people to get relief from heat

With temperatures on the rise, a Shreveport organization allows people to come in and cool off if needed.

Reports by the United States Environmental Protection Agency estimate that more than 1,300 people die yearly because of extreme heat.

Executive Director at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, Larry Otwell, said they are a place that offers water and a place to get relief from the heat. He said when temperatures get above 90 degrees, they do intakes later in the afternoon. He also said they offer ready-to-eat meals to help prevent people from heat exhaustion.

“It’s essential that people stay hydrated. There’s a place they come to get hydrated in the super hot months like we’re in right now. Our old men and women, we are okay with them staying in throughout the day and hanging out during the day, especially those on disability,” Otwell said.

The Shreveport Memorial Library is also encouraging the public to cool down inside any of their branch locations. The Shreveport Splash Pad hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or you can stop by a city pool until 6 p.m.

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