News from City Hall
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2010
City takes steps to protect residents and workers from heat
The City of Kansas City, Mo., will open cooling centers only after a Heat Warning is issued. Safety of our residents is top priority. The following are City community centers where residents can go for relief from the heat:
- Tony Aguirre Community Center – 2050 West Pennway Terrace, Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday: closed.
- Brush Creek Community Center – 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: closed.
- Gregg Community Center & Klice Fitness Center – 1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way, Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: closed.
- Hillcrest Community Center – 10401 Hillcrest Road, Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: closed.
- Kansas City North Community Center – 3930 N.E. Antioch Road, Monday through Friday:5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: closed.
- Line Creek Community Center – 5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive, Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Marlborough Community Center – 8200 Paseo Blvd., Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: closed.
- Southeast Community Center – 4201E. 63rd St., Monday through Thursday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p..m.
- Westport-Roanoke Community Center – 3601 Roanoke Road, Monday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: closed.
In addition to the City’s cooling centers residents are invited to free swimming at the following parks and facilities :
Brush Creek Community Center Pool, 3801 Brush Creek Boulevard, Monday, 1-7 p.m.
Budd Pool, Esplanadeand Denver Avenue, Tuesday, 1-7 p.m.
The Grove Pool, Truman Road and Benton Boulevard , Thursday, 1-7 p.m.
Swope Pool, Swope Park, 67th Street and Lewis Road, Wednesday, 1-7 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Neighborhood swimming pools
Neighborhood Pools are open 1-6 p.m. Tuesdaythrough Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:
Arbor Villa Park, 66th Terrace and Main Street
Ashland Park, 23rd and Elmwood streets
Gillham Pool, 41st and Gillham streets
West Terrace Park, 16th and Jarboe streets
Spraygrounds are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday. For more information on swimming pools and spraygrounds click here or go to http://www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/ParksandRecreation/SwimmingPools/index.htm.
The City is also taking action to prevent heat-related illnesses from striking its work force and to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. Some departments are adjusting work schedules for labor employees and making sure workers have access to water, as well as opportunities to cool off with adequate breaks.
The Aviation Department has provided employees with individual water coolers, hydrating liquids, lightweight cotton shirts and wide-brimmed cotton hats. Supervisors and employees try to schedule the most labor-intensive duties during the early morning hours and take adequate breaks. Most enclosed aviation equipment is air-conditioned.
The Parks and Recreation Department adjusted its work hours at the beginning of the summer to reduce the number of hours labor employees work in the hottest part of the day. Most Parks and Recreation Department labor employees work from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Exceptions to this include field units that have other needs and operational issues to address. This includes golf courses, which start even earlier to prepare the courses for early morning tournaments. Other adjustments include having crews mow shaded parks and park areas in the hottest part of the day, rather than spending their entire day in direct sunlight and heat. In addition, the department’s work crews are diligent about filling up their water coolers each morning, and supervisors are emphasizing the importance of drinking enough water each day and taking multiple breaks. A number of Parks crews are involved in the storm cleanup activities in South Kansas City and as a result are working 12 hour shifts. These staff are being provided extra water bottles, breaks every 30 minutes, and are being closely monitored for heat related symptoms. Their vehicles are air conditioned.
The Public Works Department is maintaining a regular work schedule from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., because materials such as rock, asphalt and concrete are not readily available at other times. However, the department is shifting schedules for pouring concrete so it can cure in the cooler part of the day. The department also is providing air-conditioned truck cabs and other equipment for employees to cool off, and providing water and hydrating liquids throughout the day. All Public Works field crews are also involved in the storm debris cleanup activities in South Kansas City and are working 12 hour shifts as well. These crews are being provided bottled water, breaks every 30 minutes, and being monitored for symptoms of heat related illness. Their vehicles are air conditioned. The Parking Services Division staff work from air-conditioned vehicles and are advised to drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated.
The Water Services Department has an extreme weather condition policy that has measures for extreme cold and extreme heat conditions. The hot weather procedure is implemented when the official temperature at KCI Airport reaches 95 degrees or there is a heat index of 105 degrees. Under those conditions, employees may be given a "hot option day." This allows them to perform alternative forms of work not impacted by extreme heat conditions. However, public safety, health and other customer needs will not be compromised. The policy also prescribes that employees take these precautions in hot conditions:
Drink plenty of fluids.
Wear cool, loose-fitting clothing.
Utilize fans to increase air flow if available.
Work in shaded areas when possible.
Utilize more breaks as required (such as alternative work groups).
Recognize heat stress symptoms: heat cramps and muscle spasms and profuse sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, headaches, or cool moist skin.
The Health Department recommends that residents check on their neighbors and take precautions to protect themselves from the heat.
Ten things you can do to protect your health during times of extreme heat:
1. Never leave children, pets or others alone in closed vehicles: within minutes, the temperature inside a car can reach over 140 degrees and this can kill within minutes.
2. Avoid too much sunshine, and postpone outdoor activities and games.
3. Avoid extreme temperature changes, such as a taking a cool shower immediately after coming inside from hot temperatures.
4. Stay indoors as much as possible.
5. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a public building every day for several hours.
6. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, to reduce heat and save money.
7. Conserve electricity not needed to keep you cool.
8. If you have to work outside, take frequent breaks, rest in the shade, and drink plenty of water.
9. Dress for the weather: wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing;
1. lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and helps maintain normal body
2. temperature. If you have to be outside, cover as much skin as possible to avoid
3. sunburn. Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat.
10. Check on your neighbors, friends and relatives at least twice a day (morning and night).
For more information about heat-related illnesses, visit the CDC’s Web page about extreme heat http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ExtremeHeat/.
Heat information also can be found on the Health Department's Web page (www.kcmo.org/health). For general information on signs and symptoms of heat related illness, call the 3-1-1 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313. For heat information and community resources, call the Health Department's community partner United Way 2-1-1, at 211 or 816-474-5112.
Media inquires about this issue should be directed to Stephen Bean, Emergency Operations Center at 816-784-9040.