No designated cooling center in Craighead County

No designated cooling center in Craighead County
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator believes the county would benefit from a cooling center.

According to David Moore, there is not a designated cooling center for those looking to get out of the heat.

"I know in the past there have been churches and different places at different times that have made facilities available when it is hot but we do not have a coordinated effort here in the county to identify those locations and get those out to the public," Moore said.

Moore said he and his team have started discussing ways they can help people seeking some relief from the heat.

"There has already been some discussion on it and we just want to be able to get everybody on the same page," Moore said.

Moore told Region 8 News that it's great when churches and community centers are open to help people looking to get out of the heat.

However, Moore said the problem is not everyone knows which place is open and when.

"Let's all come together and set down here at my office and try to work up a plan and develop something that could actually benefit the community as a whole," Moore said.

He said once his department has all the information of places willing to be open, his office will try to send out the information.

"If we get the information out there then at least then we would have a place for people to check to see what facilities are open," Moore said.

In the future, he would like to open a facility that keeps people out of the extreme elements.

"In the long term, I would love for us to have our own dedicated facility that could be used for multiple things but its primary use would be for cooling centers and heating centers," Moore said. "But in the interim if we could just organize those who are willing to help right now."

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