Mobile units to provide bottled water as heat wave hits city

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 2:06pm
Staff reports

Beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday and also Thursday, the Metro Office of Emergency Management staff and volunteers will deploy several mobile units throughout Davidson County, providing cold bottled water to those in need.

The move comes as the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Nashville and the surrounding area from noon Wednesday until 7 p.m. Thursday. The NWS is predicting temperatures will reach 96 degrees Wednesday and 98 degrees Thursday with heat indexes near105 degrees each day.

In conjunction with Metro OEM, Metro Police Department patrol units and Nashville Rescue Mission personnel are also checking on the homeless and others who are exposed to the elements for long periods of time, and providing assistance where needed.

Similarly, the Salvation Army has activated a cooling center at Berry Street Church located at 225 Berry Street in Nashville. It will be in operation from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

Likewise, all Metro Parks Department community centers and golf club houses continue to serve as cooling centers until further notice.

For information, call 862-8400 or visit http://www.nashville.gov/parks.