Metro to offer cooling center at fairgrounds to combat heat

Monday, July 11, 2011 at 2:50pm
Staff reports

Various local government and local nonprofit entities will combine to operate a cooling center Tuesday at the Wilson Hall Complex at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

In conjunction with several Metro departments and the Red Cross, Metro’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will operate the center, which is open to the public, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The center also was open Monday.

In addition to the cooling rest area, cold bottled water and snacks will also be provided at the center.

The center’s availability comes on the heels of the National Weather Service’s issuing a heat advisory for the area, predicting the temperature will hit 99 degrees Tuesday. Heat indexes could range between 105-113 degrees.

Residents, particularly those outside for long periods, are advised to stay well-hydrated by drinking lots of water and by taking regular breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

In a related move, staff and volunteers with the Nashville Rescue Mission and patrol officers with the Metro Police Department Central Precinct are conducting "hot patrols” Tuesday in the downtown area. Personnel will check on the homeless and others who are exposed to the brutal heat for long periods of time and provide assistance when needed.

Metro OEM staff and volunteers are deploying several mobile units throughout the county and providing cold bottled water to those in need.

Metro Parks and Recreation has made available all of its community centers and clubhouses for both days to those seeking temporary relief from the heat.

Information on these centers is listed and also available here.

5 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 7/11/11 at 2:07

Do you mean that old dilapidated, thug infested, pile of heap (re: Karl pros call it)? Or, the Fairgrounds, where so much activity has occured in the past (before Karl & goons got their hands on it)? The Fairgrounds has served in many needed situations for way more years than most of the antis have been here and if allowed to run. as it was intended to be run, will serve many more thousands in the future.

Somehow, Karl & his goons need to be removed from having any say about the Fairgrounds, all together!

By: PKVol on 7/11/11 at 4:12


By: Shane Smiley on 7/11/11 at 10:57

You can let your opinion be known loud and clear in the upcoming election.
Vote FOR ratification.

By: lisaleeds2008 on 7/12/11 at 1:37

Hay at least they have the Tennessee State Fairgrounds for uses like this. Please people Vote Yes to Save the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. on Aug 4th..

By: RJP on 7/15/11 at 8:14

rjp Thanks city paper for being able to let everyone's voice be heard. Said that other news paper still believe in censorship.Boring reading of four peoples opinion.Makes you laugh when you read the staff has blocked this comment.Thanks again.