City, United Way assist residents during extreme heat -

City, United Way assist residents during extreme heat

KMOV- Members of one St. Louis city department will spend the next few days making sure residents are safe from the blistering heat. 

The city's Human Services Department will make personal phone calls to residents who have been identified as having special needs. The elderly and those individuals with disabilities are among those on the list of 2,000 residents.


"We think because of the nature of the summer we've had, it's been very severe in terms of hot weather. It really calls for some additional attention," St. Louis Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff said.


Siedhoff said his staff will inquire whether residents need assistance dealing with the extreme temperatures.  He said many individuals choose to ignore the warning signs of heat exhaustion. Others, he said, do without air conditioning and put themselves at extreme risk.


In the meantime, the United Way of Greater St. Louis is encouraging everyone in the St. Louis metropolitan region to utilize the free, confidential 2-1-1 hotline for information about cooling shelters and other referrals.  Regina Greer, the director of the 2-1-1 program said her call center has field double the number of calls Monday compared to the same time last week.

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