The extreme heat has the Polk County Health Department opening up an overnight cooling shelter in Des Moines.
Starting Monday night at 8:00, those in need of relief from the heat can come to the Zion Lutheran Church on Beaver Avenue. The cooling shelter will be open until 8:00 a.m. the following day. Officials say people looking for a cool place to spend the night must be there before 11:00 p.m. because that’s when they’ll lock the doors.
The cooling center will also be open overnight Tuesday, with the same hours.
Cots, food, and water will be provided at the shelter.
The Polk County Health Department says four of Polk County’s cooling centers are also expanding their hours Monday. The North Side Community Center, the South Side Community Center, the Norwoodville Senior Center, and the Polk County Health Department will have their doors open until 9:00 p.m.
DART is offering free bus rides to the cooling shelter from 7-10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Zion Lutheran Church can be found along Route 14 at the intersection of Aurora Avenue and 46th Street. A free return trip is also being offered. If you need assistance with transportation to a cooling center, call 211.
You can find a list of other Polk County cooling centers here.
Pets are not allowed any of the Polk County cooling shelters, but the ARL has partnered with Polk County Emergency Management to care for your pet if you need to go to a shelter. Call 211 to make arrangements for your pet. Do not take your pet to the shelter and do not call the ARL.
The Salvation Army has opened its facilities to be used as cooling centers as well. They’ll be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday the heat index is predicted to be above 100 degrees. The locations are:
Citadel Corps Worship and Community Center, 1216 East 25th Court, Des Moines
Temple Corps Worship and Community Center, 1326 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines
Ames Service Center, 703 East Lincoln Way, Ames