ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The St. Louis Emergency Operations Center is close to declaring a heat emergency.

The Ops-center assures the public that they have the personnel and resources to handle the current situation, but St. Louis Health Director Pam Walker tells KMOX, “We will go in to full emergency mode if needed.”

“If we start seeing a lot of heat illnesses, particularly deaths, we would not hesitate,” Walker said. “We would rather over-react than under-react.”

The city is taking the excessive heat warnings from the National Weather Service seriously. Mayor Francis Slay walked door-to-door in the 4400 block of 39th Street on the South side Sunday telling residents to protect themselves and their neighbors.

“This is an excellent time to be a good neighbor,” added Mayor Slay. “Make sure everyone, especially children, seniors, and pets are keeping cool. If you know of individual who has an air conditioner but you cannot hear it running, please encourage them to turn it on.”

cool down neighbors1 Mayor Goes Door To Door As Heat Warning Continues

The oppressive heat is already being blamed for nine suspected heat-related deaths in the Kansas City area, and has sicken more than 130 in St. Louis this weekend alone.

While these extremely hot temperatures can be dangerous for all individuals, this week’s prolonged excessive heat can fatal to seniors and individuals with underlying medical problems.

Mayor Slay says if you start to feel ill for any reason do not hesitate to call 911. If you need energy assistance call the United Way at 1-800-427-4626 or at 211 from a land line. There are also a list of cooling centers locations online.

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Comments (38)
  1. Hyvision says:

    If someone has to be told to drink liquids and stay inside during a heat wave (oh my gosh its hot in July in St. Louis??), then our educational system has truly failed. Don’t the TV and radio stations (and mayors) have anything better to do than to restate the obvious??

    1. lukuj says:

      My thoughts exactly! Here in the Houston area where it is that hot most of the summer, even young children know how to stay safe in the heat. Just how stupid does this mayor think the people of his city are? What an embarrassment!

      1. Rich Pope says:

        Yeah but in Houston they are still trying to learn how to brush their teeth!

      2. Rich Pope says:

        You’re a f-ckin embarassment. Why don’t you come up here to Missouri so I can kick your arse!?


      4. Durpadeedurp says:

        Wow, Rich Pope, someone who can talk trash on the internet! Let us know when you graduate to beating up little girls and maybe we’ll take you seriously.

      5. lukuj says:

        Rich is making me think the mayor may be correct.

      6. richard Allen says:

        Tour answer is right here 49% are seriously stupid in Saint louie

        The racial makeup of the city of St. Louis was approximately 49 percent African-American, 44 percent Caucasian, 3 percent Asian, and 4 percent of other races.

    2. DS says:

      I grew up in the St. Louis area. I moved to the Arizona desert 25 years ago. Y’all got a lot to learn about handling heat.

      We deal with 115-plus temps in July and August every year. Nobody minds it.

      Drink water, turn on the AC, turn on the fans, don’t stay out in the sun too long, get wet…it works.

    3. herdzcatz says:

      As a St. Louis resident currently vacationing at the beach, I can tell you that the elderly and poor often try to save their money by keeping the AC off in our city. They slowly “acclimate” to the heat and pass out thinking they are just tired, and if not found in time, they die. Yes, sometimes folks do need to be reminded that the fragility of their bodies takes precedence over the fragility of their financial situation. And what’s wrong about checking on neighbors? Have you ever been out of power in the Houston summer? That’s similar to what some of the poor and elderly are experiencing while trying to save on their energy bills.

  2. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    I guess his job must not be very demanding these days with that city now about a third of its former size. As Hyvision said, I too am shocked that it actually gets hot in StL in July. DUH!!!!

  3. reiner says:

    How in the world did ANYONE survive before the 40’s and the advent of air conditioning?!?!?!?!

  4. Betsy says:

    When will the rolling blackouts start? How will the “Smart Meters” being installed under UN Agenda 21 help us survive the heat? We must reduce the number of CO2 producers to save the planet for the rich.

  5. Rich Pope says:

    This is how we roll in St. Louis! Our MAYOR goes door-to-door! It makes New York and San Fransisco look like DOOOOOOOOOOSH bags.

  6. jamman says:

    Oh Liberalism! Yes! The most effective use for the chief executive of your city is to go door to door knocking on people’s doors! WE CARE WE CARE


  7. Can’t be THAT bad if Mayor Slay is going door to door. Zing

    What city government doesn’t own an auto-caller nowadays?

  8. Sara says:

    +All those self-righteous people should know that elderly people are often afraid to open windows, have no transportation to cooling centers, and may not realize they are getting overheated or dehydrated. Those of us who are their neighbors try to keep an eye on vulnerable members of our community.

    1. JMWinPR says:

      Dear Sara:
      Know how elderly people got to be elderly? They know how to take care of themselves. Infirm, or mentally incapacitated is another matter. Don’t think they need Big Al R. telling them to put away their winter coats. This like 99 per cent of the weather related info is nothing but filler. It’s the northern hemisphere, midway through earths transit guess what? its hot. In 4 mos it will be cold. I can personally verify this has been going on for 6 decades and have heard rumors that it has been happening for a couple of centuries.

  9. James anderson says:


  10. Mike Alright says:

    I love the United Nanny-States of America (women approved, government sponsored). We have progressed so much. I hope you all “FEEL” good about it.

  11. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    Waste of tax payer money, unless he did it on his off hours.

  12. gkchesterton says:

    Wha dayt happun? It be HUTT. July in Sain Looiss Cazzin me to gets UZE TO Gets me a ai conditoner. G K Chesterton,Grand and Cote Brilliant, St louis

  13. griff says:

    going on 4 weeks now in east ks w/o ac, still alive & its hot & humid, be glad when the ac is fixed though.

  14. Jim in HCMC says:

    I grew up in St. Louis. I applaud the mayor for going door-to-door. Not because it is a noble thing to do, but because it shows he has courage. I would not walk my dog in most parts of st. Louis today. It is hateful for me to read about the crime there today. It was safer when the City had a population of 800,000.

    Secondly, in response to a post questioning how people survived the pre-air-condiitioning days: We slept on the porch with a big Emerson overhead fan blowing on us. Some people soaked the sheet of their bed in cool water, wringed them out and slept in them (The sweat stains must have been a chore to remove!) And there was no shortage of damned fools who found their happiness frying eggs on the sidewalks. I earned a small fortune selling Kool-Ade. I guess the government wouldn’t allow me to do that today.

    I survived those hot, humid summers and frigid winters long enough to pack my car and move to Southern California.

  15. Sheena says:

    The mayor is going door-to-door in one block? PR stunt. Get back to work, poser.

  16. Uncle Sam says:

    Don’t worry folks the govment is here to help all you poor, stupid people! Why what in the world would we do if we did not have govment helping us?!

  17. Helloseekers says:

    It must be an election year. Couple that with what must be a stupendously stupid electorate in MO, and you have a mayor going door to door to tell people it’s hot out in July. How many homes did he visit during his photo op?

  18. L. Cousins says:

    Does the St. Louis Mayor have to go around in January and tell people it’s cold or tell them it’s raining during a thunder storm. Give me a break. The number one problem with government in general these days is their incessant desire to protect stupid people from themselves and to pre-empt common sense by pointing out the obvious.

  19. Hank Warren says:

    Useless Mayor and his useless functions, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  20. Jim Berlin says:

    I wonder: is there anything in this world that any one soul could undertake without the rabid negative comment some commenters. My hunch–and its nothing but a hunch–is that the Mayor was attempting to call to the publics attention the seriousness of the heat wave. And in that area I would think he/she was most successful. And should be appaluded!

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