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“Full Court Press” For Heat Safety

Brett Blume
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7/28/11-The Rev. Earl E. Nance, Jr., vice chairman for Cool Down St. Louis, speaks to the media Thursday during a press conference at Greater Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, where he serves as pastor. This weekend Rev. Nance and other members of the St. Louis Clergy Coalition will urge their congregations to conduct daily, in-person checks of elderly neighbors and relatives as the deadly heat wave heads into a third straight week. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

7/28/11-The Rev. Earl E. Nance, Jr., vice chairman for Cool Down St. Louis, speaks to the media Thursday during a press conference at Greater Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, where he serves as pastor. This weekend Rev. Nance and other members of the St. Louis Clergy Coalition will urge their congregations to conduct daily, in-person checks of elderly neighbors and relatives as the deadly heat wave heads into a third straight week. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  “Save your life, turn on the air!”

With those words, the St. Louis Clergy Coalition and Cool Down St. Louis Thursday launched their latest effort to spread the word about checking on elderly friends and loved ones to prevent further deaths during this long, brutal heat wave.

City fire chief Dennis Jenkerson, on hand for the press conference at the Greater Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, said the best way to do that is in person, not on the phone.

“In fact, take it a step further,” Jenkerson urged.  “They might not be able to tell you how they’re feeling.  Shake their hand, feel their arm…let’s see how hot they are.  And call for help”.

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Pastors plan to take their message to the people this weekend during weekend church services as part of their “full court press’.

 
In addition, as of Thursday Cool Down St. Louis is redirecting resources to try and prevent more area residents from becoming another heat-related statistic.
 
The all-volunteer charity will still continue to provide utility assistance on both sides of the Mississippi, but they’ll zero in on the urban and suburban elderly and disabled where the concrete-related “heat island” effect is more prevalant and enhanced during these 100-degree days.
 
Cool Down St. Louis is distributing 10,000 Cooling Cards which direct seniors to cooling shelters, utility assistance and other cool-down opportunities.
 
They’re also in “desperate need” for donated new or slightly used (less than 2 years old) window unit air conditioners as the supply throughout the heat-ravaged Midwest continues to dwindle down.
 
Those units can be dropped off at any area Vatterott College.
More information and assistance is available by calling the automated Cool Down Hotline at (314) 241-7668, or online at www.cooldownstlouis.org.
 
 
 
 

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